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Thread: why don't sick people stay home????

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    I'm diabetic and hypothyroid = "compromised immune system"..
    when I am sick, I stay home - I feel too rotten to do anything else - right now I'm up for a little bit then probably back to bed...
    (not the flu) "just" a cold but it has really whallowped me....

    So I either got sick in Hobby Lobby or Home Depot Monday or at quilt guild Tuesday night 'cause that's the only places we went... so that means some stupid sick person was out hacking germs all around...

    What part of "stay home when you are sick" don't people understand?? would they even care if someone actually passed away from their crummy germs? probably not..
    grrrrrr.. I feel terrible...

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    wear a face mask to protect yourself.

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    I am sorry that you are sick!!!

    I have family and friends who have immunity issues too...
    We have found that as hard as we try to protect them, people can be contagous before symptoms appear.

    After Christmas I had 3 of my grands staying with me...yep, one came down sick and had probably spread his little germs around GreatGrama who has immunity issues... the incubation periods can be days or a week before symptoms appear...and he had been around her 3 days before he showed the first symptom.

    I guess the only way to be totally safe is to wear a mask out in public and have your company wear them while visiting... and be very careful about what you touch out in public, and practice good handwashing habits.

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    actually they have said repeatedly that the masks do not help prevent colds and flu...
    we carry hand sanitizer in the car and ALWAYS use it after getting back in the car......

    some walmarts (and others) have wipes for the buggy handles etc
    I guess now that the news people have gone on to something else all those practices will fall by the wayside...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    I'm diabetic and hypothyroid = "compromised immune system"..
    when I am sick, I stay home - I feel too rotten to do anything else - right now I'm up for a little bit then probably back to bed...
    (not the flu) "just" a cold but it has really whallowped me....

    So I either got sick in Hobby Lobby or Home Depot Monday or at quilt guild Tuesday night 'cause that's the only places we went... so that means some stupid sick person was out hacking germs all around...

    What part of "stay home when you are sick" don't people
    understand?? would they even care if someone actually passed away from their crummy germs? probably not..
    grrrrrr.. I feel terrible...
    Many times you are contagious before you know you are even sick. For most contagious illnesses you can be giving it away for 24 hours before you realize you are ill. However, there are those you knowingly going public who are ill and should be at home but some don't realize.

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    I work in a hospital and am safer there than out in public. At least there I know if I need a mask, gown, and gloves before going into a room.

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    I live with Leukemia every day; and unfortunately do understand that alot of people are contageous before they realize they are sick.

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    Unfortunately places like Hobby Lobby and Home Depot employ mostly part time. Part time means no paid sick time. Many people who don't stay home because they are sick are people who can't afford to go those few hours with no pay. They need to be really ill before they will call in. Working those few hours with a cold could mean the difference between paying the heating bill or rent or buying groceries. It is sad.

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    So sorry you are not feeling well. Unfortunately, you are not alone! Those germs do not discriminate who they get. I agree that people should really stay home when they are sick, but by that time, they have already shared their wealth!

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    I do have to say I was sick a couple weeks age....temp and couldn't keep anything down so I called in sick. My boss gave me such a guilt trip. "You are letting down your co-workers and are you sure you are really too sick to come in. Well, I guess we will discus this when you come back. " I almost never call in sick and it's people like this that make you want to come in sick rather than be made to feel this bad. By the way, I work in a hospital.....would you want me in your loved ones room if I had a temp and was sick. I wouldn't!!!

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    Littlehud, I would want to report that boss to HR. that is just wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    actually they have said repeatedly that the masks do not help prevent colds and flu...
    we carry hand sanitizer in the car and ALWAYS use it after getting back in the car......

    some walmarts (and others) have wipes for the buggy handles etc
    I guess now that the news people have gone on to something else all those practices will fall by the wayside...
    I use the sanitizer all the time, we have been sick since Christmas with the stomach thing and the sinus cold. Can't get rid of it....don't know where we got it but sometimes I just think its in the air and you just can't escape it. Stayed home for 10 days and went out one day, came right back...go figure

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    I wish I could tell people that-LOL--I work in a dr's office so I don't think I can do that.
    What I can (and have) told people is to please cover your mouth when coughing. I can't believe the adults who look right at you and cough in your face--eewwww. I guess they think drs and nurses aren't susceptible to germs.

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    I am sorry that you are not feeling well. But I can understand why people go out when they are sick. Or like others go out and not know they are ill. I once got pink eye from a great nephew and all I did was wash the dishes and table after everyone was finished eating. Learned my lesson. DOn't let kids touch my face or forget the sanitizer. Hope you feel better soon. :D

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    I have been fighting a cold and sinus infection for 2 months now. I work full time but where I work. I am only allowed 3 sick days a year. A Dr's note is no excuse. If I miss any more days then that, I'm fired. I have to be on deaths door before I call in. I do earn sick leave every month but not allowed to use it unless I'm on an LOA. Right now I have 192 hours of sick leave. If I do get fired or quit they do not pay any unused sick leave. Either way they win. You can earn the sick leave but they do everything in their power to keep you from using it.

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    I have Systemic Lupus and take immune suppressants, so I know how you feel. But I also understand how difficult it can be for people to stay home if they have employment or don't have anyone to run errands.

    When I was working, I would never take time off....I was in a management position and was just not possible. If I did have the odd day off the phone would ring constantly....so there was no point.

    Anyway, a mask and hand sanitiser may be the best way to go. My son had Swine Flu last year and miraculously I didn't get a sniffle...lots of disinfectant and confining him to bed must have helped.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I am sorry that you are sick!!!

    I have family and friends who have immunity issues too...
    We have found that as hard as we try to protect them, people can be contagous before symptoms appear.

    After Christmas I had 3 of my grands staying with me...yep, one came down sick and had probably spread his little germs around GreatGrama who has immunity issues... the incubation periods can be days or a week before symptoms appear...and he had been around her 3 days before he showed the first symptom.

    I guess the only way to be totally safe is to wear a mask out in public and have your company wear them while visiting... and be very careful about what you touch out in public, and practice good handwashing habits.
    I agree with everything Amma has said here.
    I am immune-compromised and all it takes is for a 'healthy' person to touch and transfer germs, and then I touch them.
    You have to either put your hands near an orifice or inhale airborn allergens to get sick, so i wash, wash, wash my hands a lot.
    I use wipes and hand sanitizers religiously when out and if I've been around someone, and THEN find out.
    If I get sick, I sleep in another room to protect hubby and we use masks sometimes, and I spray things down and do dishes with vinegar or bleach.
    vinegar kills my suds.
    I don't know why somebody said that masks do not help?
    Doctors and nurses wear them. I don't get that at all, unless they are referring to the type we purchase over the counter.
    Why do a lot of doctor's offices have signs to get one and use it, if you are sick?
    If it's not 100% guarantee with a mask, and not much is,...it has to make a big difference.
    I have them, and I use them.
    I am with you, though. If I get sick? I STAY HOME!
    Unless it's something I have to do and nobody can do it for me, I stay home, and appreciate those that do.
    I tell my kids if I am sick and insist they tell me.
    Don't let me come to your house and get 'goodies' to take back home to your daddy!
    Neither of us need to catch things. Great thread :thumbup:
    P.S. I hope you get better soon. chicken soup thoughts for you :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    I wish I could tell people that-LOL--I work in a dr's office so I don't think I can do that.
    What I can (and have) told people is to please cover your mouth when coughing. I can't believe the adults who look right at you and cough in your face--eewwww. I guess they think drs and nurses aren't susceptible to germs.
    :shock:
    I would be sooo tempted to say, "THANKS!" :evil:

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    I am sorry you are afflicted by your illnesses and feel lousy but I must say not everyone has the luxury of being able to stay home when sick. As previously stated some people can not afford to take sick time or they don't have it and fear loosing their job in this economy. Another reason someone may be out at Home Depot is perhaps something with their plumbing or heating went bad and they had to get something to fix it. Not everyone who goes out sick is "some stupid sick person".
    And before it is assumed that I am one of the ones who has no time off, I happen to have a very good career that enables me to have all of the time I need (in fact I had 6 weeks off unexpectedly in July at full pay). I just happen to try and put myself in other people's shoes and not always assume the worst in everyone or that people are "stupid".
    Hope you feel better soon.
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    My daughter was fired from a certain fast food chain because she called in sick. she said she didn't want to sneeze over people's food and they told her not to bother coming back.

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    It is the same with sick kids..my grandson brings home all sorts of little germs, and he was a premie with lung issues. but what i do understand,raising kids myself..if my kid had to stay home,who was going to watch them. your usually contagious well before you have the disease..like measles or chicken pox. So sad that others are compromised..but that is why i carry hand sanitizer,I wore a mask on a plane trip from detroit to san antonio. i keep a small pair of all cotton thin gloves in my pocket to wear in the grocery store, just pushing the cart,can give me the creeps, thinking about the flu and such. i never got flu shots until i had grandkids.
    i am sorry you feel crummy, and i hope you get better quick.the only way you can avoid germs,related to illness is to becoame a recluse..and that would be a great lose to everyone..Blessings..Kim

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    actually they have said repeatedly that the masks do not help prevent colds and flu...
    we carry hand sanitizer in the car and ALWAYS use it after getting back in the car......

    some walmarts (and others) have wipes for the buggy handles etc
    I guess now that the news people have gone on to something else all those practices will fall by the wayside...
    I carry the hand sanitizer too. I have even given some away to people in my church.

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    That's horrible. Why even earn sick days if you can't use them.

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    In my opinion....part of the trouble we are having with resistant bacteria and viruses...is that we use too much antibacterial everything. Our immune systems work the best when it has been allowed to work...building up immunities when we are exposed to minor illnesses.

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