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On average, how many sick days do you take a month?

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    • blakely_m

      366d

      i sadly cant take more than a few a month as much as i should take more off. :/

    • blakely_m

      366d

      i sadly cant take more than a few a month as much as i should take more off. :/

    • Bug_bear

      366d

      I genuinely have no clue how I'm going to survive. Working is so mentally taxing and physically exhausting. Won't be able to make rent next month.

    • yumzy199725

      366d

      I'm a full time carer for my brother but when I was working full-time I had so many sick days because of being in hospital due to my conditions being affected by pmemonai and not being ready to go back for a long time then was made redundant anyway 😔

    • colourfulburrito

      370d

      I study right now. I'm dreading going into the world of work with my condition because I need breaks and some days I just can't get out of bed from pain. I'm afraid I'll lose my job or something.

    • chloerae

      372d

      I get in trouble for taking time off, so I often have to go to work in pain and throwing up...

    • serendi

      372d

      Unfortunately, I couldn’t take days off at my last two jobs because I’m in an at-will employment state and risked being fired for a bogus reason. My current workplace is amazing, though, and I can request days off ahead of time to give future me time to recover. And if I’m struggling a lot a day I’m there, they let me go sit in the back or in the bathroom as much as I can (time depends on if I’m the only mgmt there at the time). If I absolutely positively cannot go in, the other super or ASM covers for me, and if *they* can’t, the DSM allows us to close early or open late or whatever it has to be. (It’s rare for that to happen, so he’s usually fine with it.) I’m soooo incredibly lucky now. I wish this is what it will be like in my future profession, but at least I have this for now. 😌

    • eethend

      372d

      Chronic knee pain doesn't just affect 1 knee. it affects both of your knees, your ankles, and your hips. sometimes i wonder if its making my back worse. When i was working it was the most pain i had ever been in. and nobody thought it was serious because im young. I had to quit because of it.

    • sleepyhippo

      373d

      My conditions paired with my personal life/routines I already have make it about impossible to find a job. Employers find out I can't work weekends or evenings, and that I'm looking for 3 days/20 hours a week with a set schedule and then they either straight out say no you're not a good fit or I never hear back/get an interview. Been searching for months and the one thing I find that would fit and I fail the entry exam 🤦🏼‍♀️

      • SalineTurnip

        373d

        @sleepyhippo If you're in America and you have a car, try Amazon Flex. You pick shifts that you want to on the days that you want and there's no interview process. I wouldn't have a job if not for this.

    • tinferbrains

      373d

      I'm lucky enough to work from home, remotely, so I only have to take off when a cold screws with my immune system which triggers me a lot

    • Maddie6

      376d

      I hate telling guys on dating apps that I’m unemployed because of health reasons. Just makes me super insecure.

    • VLM1485

      376d

      I'm on SSD for bipolar and generalized anxiety disorder

    • pamps

      376d

      In 2.5 years I've had 9 sick days

    • Kittypop

      383d

      The last job I had didn't want to give me time to go to physical therapy for tendonitis I developed while working there. So when I got sick March 2020 and took time off, I didn't go back...

    • Jo420

      387d

      I took a lot or really needed to take a lot while I was working, due to my health and my step dads health I quit my day job in may and have been doordashing. It’s nice cause I can stop when I need to and there isn’t any management threatening to fire me but man does it not provide a stable income.

    • fakeosphere

      387d

      I've taken one sick day in six months and it counted against my overall attendance... No sick time until December 😬 haha. Wish I could, feels like I'm wearing myself into the ground sometimes

    • katkall

      387d

      we all deserve disability money but the government is extremely ableist

    • Loiz00

      388d

      I can’t afford to take days off which in turn makes my health worse which makes me need to spend more money to be able to afford treatment but to do that I need to work more. It’s an awful cycle.

    • Ella101

      388d

      I miss out on school and work so much due to my depression and anxiety. My body wants to quit it all and take a long break to heal but my mind won’t let me because I’ll feel like a failure.

    • Madi143

      388d

      Due to my extra anxiety It can often make me physically ill. Iv had to take off 1 to 2 days a month. Honestly I'm scared my job will eventually let me go due to this. That also causes my anxiety to be bad.

    • Freddi

      392d

      I’m just now recovering from a wave of a virus that I am certainly positive was another Acute bronchial stage kicking in—the doctors at my local university didn’t even screen me for an Influenza test after I told them my roommate outright told me they had the flu! I was furious. They gave me unlabeled steroids so I cannot even look at what it counteracts with, and now that I’m finally recovering I am so afraid to reintegrate because a lot of other people are getting sick randomly too! Masking season is a constant for me. 😵‍💫

    • Stasia.ana

      401d

      Literally been sick w fever for 3 days now and don’t expect it to be gone at 4. And last time I was sick. I was out for 2-3 weeks

    • Kris_TheDumbo

      402d

      None due to the anxiety of late assignments!👍

    • spider_girl917

      417d

      I've pretty much run out of vacation time for the year calling in due to tension headaches. I've been making myself go in anyway since I'm trying to save the day and a half I have left for the holidays. Fingers crossed I can push through

      • 55isMe

        417d

        @spider_girl917 question, are your tension headaches possibly really migraines? The true test is trying a triptans (or other migraine treatment med, not precetative maintenance med). If it takes away your headache, it was a migraine. It doesnt take away the pain of a tension headache.

        • 55isMe

          417d

          @55isMe Ive had them for 30 years now and imitex for most of that time. Most of the time, it still shuts them down in an hour.

    • Milliemoxie

      420d

      i’ve had to miss class 5 times already this month because of how bad my mental health is getting. i’m honestly so mad at myself but i can’t always bring myself to get out of bed

    • slaymaster

      420d

      i only work weekends as i’m in school but I’ve missed the past two due to illness. it makes me feel so useless

    • dsmklm

      421d

      I walked out on my job because of my sicknesses

    • Nicole8670

      421d

      There's not an answer up there for me I can't take sick days I dont have a choice.

    • Dad.of.Many

      421d

      All of them.

    • pagan

      422d

      Why is the last option the highest percentage... and why am I part of that percentage... please send help

    • Widdley

      424d

      Regardless of separate conditions, my anxiety is the definitely the biggest obstacle when it comes to work 😔

    • Varie

      428d

      Zero. Taking time off for mental health isn't an option. Hell, it's not an option for physical health, either.

      • pagan

        422d

        @Varie I feel like you are a very stressed person

    • donatello

      428d

      I feel constantly ill but can't always justify taking time off, especially when most places require doctors notes for every missed day.

    • Ash.G

      428d

      I honestly feel sick every single day some days more than others. So honestly I feel like I probably should get more sick days than I take but I'm a college student so I can't always afford taking a day off.

    • Moomoo72

      430d

      I generally end up needing a day off every couple weeks, but I don't always take it because my supervisors seem so aggravated with me every time I call in. They know I'm disabled, but all they care about is having to find coverage, and sometimes it's just easier to come in and try to do the bare minimum just to get through the day. It's led to pretty severe burnout and I've lost many jobs due to reaching a breaking point that leaves me physically unable to make myself go back into work for a few weeks until I have to find a new job.

    • Lillyrae

      431d

      I put 1 to 2 but in reality I don't take any. I'm forced to work through my pain in body and in mind

    • crashgyrl

      431d

      I just got through telling my husband that I was sick enough 6 days last month to not take any of my medicine. I work at home. And I work through most sick days or pain. But some days I just can't do much of anything. My whole body just says nope. I end up staying in bed all day on those days.

    • sabbymer

      431d

      I've masked so well that I only call out during seasonal changes twice a year so people know that during those times yes I'm actually sick. The rest of the year I'm trying to grin and bear it...

    • EliteLexy

      431d

      0

    • Adventuremom

      432d

      I technically just took all but one day this past week. Two of those days were scheduled PTO and I likely would have had to call them off anyway. That’s the first time I’ve had to miss that many days consecutively for my chronic illnesses. Typically it is in the range of 2-4 days a month. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful employer that understands, despite being short staffed. I start a new job next week in the same field, with a similar organization and I’m hoping they’ll be as understanding.

    • redd4now

      433d

      i meant to click the last one ;; i mean, i help a couple ladies from time to time and i sell stuff on ebay,, but that’s really it i don’t think i can ever handle a real job to be honest

      • pagan

        422d

        @redd4now I'm in the same boat but I also refuse financial assistance, so I'm just slowly dying

    • beignetbandit

      433d

      ive almost been fired because of my attendance due to my mental health :,) my bosses dont really understand my conditions and have been really dismissive the entire 8 months ive worked there. i started at full time but ended up having to drop down to part time just because of the strain it put on me 😥

    • pammd

      433d

      I rarely take a sick day. Maybe 1x a year. All my hurt and anxiety are kept inside. As for the physical pain. People at work see it, but I make due. I have no choice

    • Janet2X

      435d

      i was unemployed due to my condition but i’ve recently started a new job! God is good!!

    • Katerina_Kosheka

      435d

      Only get 12 a year. So I have to do 1-2 a month, if at all.

    • Kreestale

      435d

      None sadly. I feel awful even taking half a day for doctor appointments

    • Stigmatico

      441d

      I don't take sick day. I never get sick.

    • AugustPoppy

      441d

      I didn't take any until it got to the point I couldn't work at all, and still can't. "Working through it" nearly killed me its not worth it.

    • MPM

      441d

      Hardly any

    • AstupidAnomaly

      441d

      Never. I work through it

    • gabbievee

      444d

      funny to see this today when i’m currently at home on a sick day, lol!! i’m doing better this year but last year i missed weeks of school at a time because i could barely move from my bed. it was a nightmare. hoping i can start living again this year.

    • VirgoJourney

      445d

      I don’t take as many as I need to because my job doesn’t offer FMLA.

    • sockz4dobby

      445d

      I was raised unhealthy and to work no matter what just keep your distance and I'm in a trade that demands the same, it can take a toll to say the least😅

    • shell13

      445d

      Had to quit my job because the pain was too much, now I can't work

    • schizoticlyspunlouie

      446d

      But even when I was working, the only days I missed was due to 1296gl and one hospital claiming I had covid.

    • ouchysince2001

      446d

      I only work 20 hours a week - four days a week and still have to call out sick 1-2 days a month

    • eddie.luvs.u

      447d

      Unemployed AND dropped out of highschool and college due to it

    • Ziggy_B

      447d

      Had to drop out of highschool because of this

      • Val420

        444d

        @Ziggy_B I did the same exact thing I’m not sure what it is though but I’ve been getting sicker every year in school and I and my parents don’t know why I dropped out before I turned into a senior and im planning on taking a ged and I wanna go to art school after

    • Future_Dr._Zebra

      447d

      I work in healthcare and have never taken a sick day thus far (besides COVID). They make us use our PTO, so I just fight through my daily variety of symptoms. But I’m in chronic pain and I’m exhausted 😣

    • Nicoratboy

      447d

      I don’t take a lot. I wish I took one today.

    • Dad.of.Many

      447d

      Every day of the month.

    • Strawberryhk

      448d

      I’m very depressed I usually never leave the apartment

    • SmileySnail

      448d

      I hide my illness from nearly everyone so I usually go in to work even if I feel like garbage. I might end up being absolutely unproductive but at least they can't say I'm too lazy to come to work! I will take off for doctor's appointments, and I tend to have a lot of those so I feel like they know something is up

    • AriEden

      448d

      who tf gets days off

    • VolcanoMama

      449d

      I need to take maybe 1 a month but my job gave me a verbal warning cause I needed an extra day to move. 👍

    • Taintedoctopus28

      449d

      I can't drive due to my epilepsy. I get too many absent seizures too often in order to get a license. I can't be by myself. :/

    • Kelbel

      449d

      Hey babysit my grandkids. And I don't take sick days I need to though

    • lump

      449d

      I have a lump.

    • Squishlover

      449d

      I feel like I need way more and everyday I feel like I'm forcing myself to do something I hate I'm never rested

    • crumbling_shell

      449d

      I put 2-4 days, however that's only because I tend to force myself to go anyway and wind up working while in severe pain

    • d1sc0haus

      450d

      I regularly have to go home early because of my migraines getting to the point where I can barely think straight, let alone get my work done. Unfortunately my job has a point system, so I can only do this so many times. Sometimes I'll try my absolute hardest to power through a shift just so I can avoid getting a point.

    • mobychick

      450d

      Scared I’m about to lose my job for this. I’ve had COVID twice in the last 5 months, and took a week off to go to the psych ward. My mom was also really sick in the winter and I was her primary caregiver.

    • SkylerRose

      535d

      You wanna know what is so funny to me??? My job accused me of faking my symptoms and just being lazy when I was actually literally dying, while pregnant; I'm technically on maternity leave so I can return at any time. When my partner returned to work (we work at the same place) everyone was asking about me, the baby, and if I'd be returning. I'm still debating because I still have medical problems that are potentially dangerous toy life.

    • Riptide

      536d

      I don't take any

    • Nesta

      537d

      I don’t take sick days. I keep going until I collapse and end up on a medical leave for a month or two or more

    • pvnkg1rl75

      537d

      We are so short people at work, I can't take sick days unless I have a fever or if I'm vomiting. 😥

    • hsupermann

      556d

      I currently do jobs where I make my own schedule so that I can take the time I need, bc when I work normal jobs where I'm around more ppl I get sick so easy

      • cloudnine

        372d

        @hsupermann what kind of jobs do you do?

    • LisaSimpson

      556d

      I am such a mess! I quit my full time job because I just wasn't emotionally stable enough. Im in college and my grades are horrible. I was in therapy while I worked but now I can't afford it so now I'm on here.

    • MiloSunshine

      556d

      I ended up being a stay at home mom. I still have some days where I can't even get basic chores done.

      • mommy2020

        433d

        @MiloSunshine same here

      • DaniS

        435d

        @MiloSunshine Same here. I feel bad though just being at home all the time.

    • AmandyCandy

      557d

      1-2 days, i've been lucky to have a job this year that lets me take the time off that i need, but it's definitely more difficult in other jobs that are more demanding. my job is over now so i'm looking for others that don't require a lot of long term standing because that's one of my biggest difficulties and hopefully it'll aid in me taking less days off

    • EmmeDee

      557d

      Any other females deal with and have PMS and PMDD....menstrual issues

    • dezismelancholy

      557d

      Gave up on working all together because I needed so many days off now I'm working on getting SSI for my epilepsy.

    • BreathofAir

      557d

      Usually zero. But I do have a lot of flexibility which helps.

    • Nesta

      557d

      I just don’t take time off unless I’m on a medical leave. I push myself to keep going to work until I collapse.

      • GunpowderMilkshake

        431d

        @Nesta Same with me. Unfortunately, my fiancé is battling cancer and so I’m working 2 jobs, now. I try not to complain but my body does shit down quickly. Let’s all pray for one another. Much love & peace.

        • GunpowderMilkshake

          431d

          @GunpowderMilkshake Sorry about the typo!! LOL 😆

    • MusicalGamer

      557d

      I had to take a medical leave of abscess this semester from college after staying 1 week in a mental health institution and 2 weeks in a crisis bed

    • Muffie

      631d

      Oops I clicked 2-4 days but I am unemployed.

    • Tense_PaintSaul

      633d

      I am in a union and earn 1 sick day a month. Today I told HR I have anxiety and depression and need accommodations for another condition.

      • GunpowderMilkshake

        431d

        @Tense_PaintSaul Hello 🤗 Can you tell me more about being in a union? I’ve heard of them but never knew how to get started. I’m in Arizona, which is a “ Right-to-Work“ state. How would that come in to play?

    • Emms

      633d

      Ha 0, we’re so short staffed I can’t. But I do get 1-2 days where I have short shifts in the week

    • Artisticfloral

      676d

      I'm retired, but I'm sick at least twice or 3 times a month

      • Noella

        428d

        @Artisticfloral I’m retired too. Sometimes because of anxiety and depression I don’t leave the house for an entire week it really freaks me out. i’m trying to get out of the house no matter what I do even if it’s something simple just for my sanity!

    • PurpleDragon

      766d

      I'm off work due to other health conditions. I have Lumbar stenosis, herniated disc at same location and slipped disc just below it.

    • Neomi

      767d

      I try not to take too many days off but because I work from the office sometime I have to take a day off because I can't sit in front if my desk even if I take painkillers.

    • candle

      767d

      Non. I'm a driver, but stay in on icy days.

    • darthmomma

      792d

      I own my own business. I just work when I have sales.

    • Gagnium

      792d

      ..none

    • Emma37

      794d

      In the past when my disease wasnt under control I often needed to take a week or even two off. Now my MS is pretty much stable but I do have those days when I wake up and I'm in so much pain -mental or physical and sometimes both. Therefore I take a day off from time to time, but I try not to take too many.

    • Fiesty

      795d

      Some days are easier than others... obviously. Other days, I wake up and everything says no. Sometimes I'm smart enough to recognize my symptoms, and then I can tell my boss Hey imma need a day off this week.

    • Tomato

      795d

      My boss knows my situation so he allows me to leave work early in two days a week and to stay home once in a week or two

    • layayaya

      797d

      Had to quit my job because I could not get past daily panic attacks and intense brain fog. One random Saturday at work I had a panic attack and 4 months later I haven’t recovered uet

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    • frankadella

      797d

      At the worst of my conditions I had to skip a semester and a half of high school… I couldn’t bare to be getting up and going to school for 6 hours. I did fall behind but did graduate on time with a college acceptance despite my counselor thinking I would need continuation school. Moral of the story I get how hard it can be to fall behind, but believe in yourself. You can do it, you are not limited to your conditions/illnesses.

    • Milomia

      798d

      I don’t usually take sick days so I would be in the less than 1 a month category because I can work from home

      • 55isMe

        417d

        @Milomia me too. Any work is flexible about WHEN i can make up the time. So far, i have been able to keep up, except surgery recovery was taken as short term disability.

        • Marshalls44

          372d

          @55isMe me too

      • Ancorrigible

        422d

        @Milomia I switched to a work from home job in part for this reason. I can work from home feeling a lot less well, so no sick days

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