I’ve been back at work for 3 shifts, and I’ve already left sick 2 hours early, and stayed home the next day. I was on holidays last week, and Monday was my first day back. I had Tuesday off, and that’s when my headache started. Headaches don’t seem to like me. They usually stick around for a couple of days, and Tylenol and Advil do nothing to help the pain. So when I woke up Weds morning and my head still hurt, going to work was the last thing I wanted to do. Besides a throbbing head, I was also nauseous and felt really warm. I didn’t feel like I could call in sick though, as I would have only been the second tech in that morning, and it could be a couple of hours another one was scheduled to come in. I know they would have managed, and when you’re sick you’re sick, and you should just stay home. I HATE calling in sick though, because I’m always worried my boss is going to be mad at me, and I hate feeling like I’ve let them down. Plus to me, calling in sick with a headache just sounds like a lame excuse. So I went. I felt so sick I only managed a few bites of breakfast, so being hungry didn’t help my upset stomach either. Oh, and my left eyelid was sore and swollen too, and it hurt to blink.
My coworker was sympathetic when she asked me what was wrong (I looked like shit, with not much makeup on, especially without lipstick!) but she didn’t suggest that I go home. After my third dose of advil (total, since it started) and I wasn’t feeling any better, I still couldn’t bring myself to ask to go home. Our head tech starts her 2 week holidays next week, and I’ll be in her place, so I was trying to get ahead in some work, cuz when she’s working she has ME, but when I’m in her place there is no me to help. Get it? I do her job AND my job. Finally she said if I still wasn’t feeling well, I should just go home, but then she looked towards the stuff I was working on with kind of a ‘yikes’ face, and said “I just want you to be as far ahead as you can, for when I’m not here next week…..” and I felt guilty for wanting to go home. I finished what I was doing, then I did some more, and finally went home 2 hours early. And I took today off too. To go to the doctor.
These headaches are worrying me, they make me feel sick, and I don’t know how to get rid of them. I knew that today would be the only day I could get away with not being at work, since I had a non-important shift of 10-4, and lots of other techs were working. Starting tomorrow, and for the next 2 weeks, I’m opening, and not the ideal time to be taking time off to go to the doctor. Joel made me an appointment while I was still sleeping this morning, and thank goodness my doctor was available, otherwise I was desperate enough to hit the walk in clinics, until I found one that would send me for blood work. It’s been a long time since a doctor sent me blood, and honestly, mine never even checks my blood pressure or anything, so I thought I should get a full checkup. Plus, I’m a worrier, and the more I stress over it, the more I convince myself I have a brain tumor, or something horrible, so I knew I had to have some tests to calm myself.
So, it all wasn’t as bad as I feared. My doctor thinks I just have low grade migraines, but he also sent me for blood work, and a urine sample to test for a whole whack of stuff. He thinks my thyroid is fine, I might be low in iron, and I have the blood pressure of a 17 year old athlete. LOL (those were his exact words) According to Joel (who held my hand) they only took 2 vials of blood (I can’t watch) and while it hurt, it was over quickly. Jayden got the sticker, which I still don’t understand….lol and after peeing in a cup, I got to go home. Thank goodness I thought ahead, and didn’t eat this morning, just incase. Although I did have a TINY bit of juice with my pills, but the doctor said to go for the blood anyway, worst case I’d just have to do it again. And I planted 3 Stella & Dot look books in the various waiting rooms, so I felt like I was doing some work! =)
Now I just have to go back to my doctor in 10 days, to hear that all my tests came back clean. *Fingers crossed* I also hope my boss isn’t pissed tomorrow, but at least I can say I went for tests, and I wasn’t just sitting at home. I really wish my boss and coworkers were more understanding about sick days. We’re all so scared to call in sick, that we pass colds and flus around until everyone is sick. One of our pharmacists recently spent half of her shift white as a ghost, sitting in a chair, until the pharmacy closed and her parents took her to the hospital. Turns out she has a virus that’s giving her a heart murmur. She’ll be off for at LEAST 6 weeks, for treatment for a scary virus that’s attacking her heart. Scary stuff. It was also news about her that convinced me to see the doctor. You never know what could be going on inside your body without you even knowing.
Hopefully I just end up with some migraine medication, and tips on how to prevent them, so I’m not suffering (and missing as much work) For starters, I’m SURE getting more sleep will help, so I’m getting on that ASAP.
Hope everyone is happy and healthy!