On the way back to bed I glance at the clock and see that it is three o'clock in the morning. "Good", I think to myself, "enough time before the alarm goes off to go back to sleep". Famous last
By wake up time I have not shut a single eye again. It has been up and down the passage to spend more time on the throne. By now it is obvious that something has upset my stomach to the degree where it has decided that it has had enough.
The predicament I find myself in now, is that I really do not feel ill enough to stay away from work, yet going to work means at least 30 minutes on a bus through the bush with no toilet facilities on the way... unless you consider a bush along the road as toilet facilities. So what to do? Go to work and risk a very embarassing visit to a bush along the way with 59 other people looking on, or staying at home and probably feeling guilty for the rest of the day because I am not really that ill? Decision made: I'll face the guilt.
Am I wasting my sick leave and my employer's time and money, or am I justified in staying home? My employment conditions allow for 2 days sick leave without a medical certificate and I know of people who regularly misuse this condition. Their argument is that it is "leave" owing to them. Is it? When is a person too ill to go to work?
Let me know your thoughts on this one. It should be interesting to see how people's views on sick leave differ, or concur.