I have Tonsillitis. I've spent the day feeling it gradually get bigger and waiting for an out of hours GP appointment. Got seen this evening and then had to make a 30mile round trip to the nearest pharmacy to get antibiotics.
Looking things up I'm still potentially contagious for 24 - 48 hours after starting antibiotics.
But I work in a school, it's the first day back after half term and I know I have loads to do. By morning once the antibiotics have kicked in I will most be okay enough to turn up and do my job.
AIBU to have the day off anyway given that I'm potentially contagious and it's highly likely to be Strep A causing this as that's been circulating around DS's school & DDs Nursery as scarlet fever. Don't want to give that to all of my students.
If it makes a difference I had 2 days off since the last week of January - one with poorly DS and one with poorly DD. I feel bad for taking more time off
My other two were signed off as being paid leave as I'm entitled to a certain amount of parental / dependent leave. I've had one day off sick for me this academic year - food poisoning. Think I'm pretty secure in my job though.
One of my colleagues has had 2 days off in the last fortnight, one for vertigo and one because there was a small amount of snow on the ground. Apparently he left the house at 6:30, skidded, nearly went into the back of a van, turned around and went home. That's fair enough, but he lives within walking distance of a train station and the trains were running all morning...
I was going to agree with not going on, so glad to see you didn't. I remember getting 3 bouts of tonsillitis in the space of 6 months and it was awful. And a lot of that was because it was going around school and parents weren't keeping their kids off.
Hope you're feeling better soon and the doc can help with the hives.
I'm just getting over the worst bout of tonsillitus I have ever had. The doctor signed me off work for a week last Friday (first time I've been signed off in my 18 years of working). Don't go to work. Look after yourself.
I posted this in my thread on being itchy over in chat. Basically I'm not that much better and I probably won't go to work tomorrow either!
Saw GP at 4:30 this afternoon. He said it was unlikely to be a penicillin allergy, more likely that I have a virus too and the amoxicillin has brought it out. Changed to a non-penicillin antibiotic just in case. Guess I'll have to find out if I'm allergic or not at a later date.
For now, the rash has stopped spreading, but I've broken out in tiny itchy pus-filled spots where the itchiest parts have been where I've scratched the most So far these are only on my torso. My face feels like it's really really badly sunburnt and like the skin is about to crack. It's also bright pink - not a good look!
Fingers crossed the new antibiotics help. I'm still feeling really rough from the initial infection!