We often talk about sacrifices we have to make as working mothers on here. We have limited time. We are constantly trying to please multiple audiences with family and work. We don’t get to take them to fun activities. We have to move heaven and Earth if they get a fever a 10 am and have to pick them up. It is part of the gig. But some of us often get some
luxuries added perks that our at-home counterparts don’t get.
Personal sick days. When we are sick, we can take a break and rest. Hell, I pay good money for it actually. This past week, the NC pollen finally broke me. I woke up Sunday night and my eyes wouldn’t stop watering and I couldn’t stop sneezing. I then went on to not really sleep the rest of the night. I felt like total ass at 6 am and waved my white flag. Being 25 weeks pregnant, I can’t even throw back some decongestant and try to make it through the day. I get Netipots and Vicks (read: worthless). So Kevin took Landon to daycare and I sat on the couch. I drank hot tea. I took an extra long hot shower. I could blow my nose without feeling like I was disturbing all my coworkers. I really rested. I don’t know the last time this has happened. Even when I take a “vacation” day or weekend, I end up running errands for the house and cleaning or something like that but not that day. Me and Netflix got reacquainted and I even half napped. By afternoon, I was feeling better. It was a allergy recovery and mental health day wrapped into one.
But as I was reflecting on my day, I recalled how so many moms don’t get that. If they are at home with hyper kids and they get sick? It is business as usual. And if they are like me, a whiny kid will send you over the edge sometimes. Like when you can’t breathe out your nose and all they want to do is go outside. You know…where the evil pollen is! KILL ME NOW! My fuse is really short when I am miserable and it really isn’t good for either party. At least this way, Landon is getting an educational experience instead of how I would just throw on Thomas for WAY too long. God bless daycare and God bless my employer for an excellent sick day policy. Monday was just what I needed to feel like I wasn’t drowning in my own snot.
Now I know this isn’t true for everyone. Alicia noted this was the downside of a nanny in her home. If she goes home, they are all there but at least there is someone there to help in this case. Also I realize sick days aren’t free for everyone. Planning a sub curriculum as a teacher is just as tiring as teaching sometimes but you do have the option if it comes down to it. By paying that scary daycare/nanny bill, we are buying a little buffer for those times we need it.
So I guess I am saying take your sick day. Is it better to muddle through a week of feeling like crap or take that one day and get some needed down time and rest for an already action packed mama schedule? Seems pretty obvious to me.
Do you take sick days for your self? Is it still a battle in your job? Let us know about it.
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