Sick Days

On the job, employers encourage their employees to stay home when feeling unwell. Sick employees means decreased productivity, and, of course, the spread of germs to others. So, an unwelcome cold is remedied with warm blankets, a snugly bed, some cough syrup, and some much needed rest to let your body fight off whatever it is that has invaded your body. 

In the stay-at-home-mom world, being sick is not an option. Every tickle in your throat has you screaming in angst thinking NO! I CAN’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO ME. 

Much like productivity-minded employers in the workplace, moms know that a sick caregiver can wreak havoc ‘in the workplace’. However, our employers are not so wise. Our employers are small children who don’t care much for ‘maximizing productivity’. Our job offers came with employee benefit plans that pretty much suck. With no sick days, a common cold means you are doing all of your regular mom jobs – all whilst feeling like death. 

What’s that? You want to snuggle in warm blankets and rest? Sorry, you can’t. You have a crying baby who needs your attention.

Maybe take some cough syrup to coat the raw, torn tissue that was once your trachea? Sorry, you can’t. You’re still nursing, and it will most likely pass on to your little baby. 

So, suck it up, buttercup. Take a sick day. And, by that, I mean continue to be the supermom you are: ignore the aches and pains, put on a smile, and have your employer believe that you’d much rather show up for work than be in warm, snuggly bed. 

Published by Anjali Joshi

Anjali Joshi is a science educator, author, and lifelong learner. She is mom to two curious boys who keep her on her toes!

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