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AIBU not to go to work tomorrow?

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MummySparkle Sun 18-Feb-18 22:00:52

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

Snowysky20009 Sun 18-Feb-18 22:03:42

Take time off or else you are going to spread it.

Peachyking000 Sun 18-Feb-18 22:22:22

I’d check your sickness leave policy. 3 separate absences in a six month period in my work can result in dismissal.

Obviously YANBU to want a day off with tonsillitis though, I’m prone to it and I always feel terrible with it

MummySparkle Sun 18-Feb-18 22:32:35

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... hmm

Argeles Sun 18-Feb-18 22:34:48

Please take the time off - don’t be a spreader.

MummySparkle Sun 18-Feb-18 22:39:10

I've just come out in a rash all over my torso. That settles it, no work for me tomorrow.

MrsMozart Sun 18-Feb-18 22:45:24

Hope you feel better soon!

Buck3t Sun 18-Feb-18 22:50:20

I was about to say please take time off. My ds had a sore throat and suddenly my dd has Tonsillitis. She picks up everything and it’s always worst for her. And she loves to hug her teachers.

I see you now have a rash and have come to the same conclusion. Hope you feel better soon

LoveInTokyo Sun 18-Feb-18 22:51:52

Stay at home, look after yourself and get well soon. Xx

MummySparkle Sun 18-Feb-18 23:07:07

Thanks everyone. I hate taking time off and I hate being ill, or even been seen to be ill. But you're right, I can't go in like this.

I've now come out in hives all over my body. Found some industrial strength anti-histamines but now freaking out that I'm reacting badly to the antibiotics. This sucks!!

LoveInTokyo Tue 20-Feb-18 09:19:08

Hope you’re feeling better!

MummySparkle Tue 20-Feb-18 10:57:36

Unfortunately not, going back to the GP this afternoon. I have no idea what I was thinking on Sunday - there's no way I could have worked yesterday!!

MrsMozart Tue 20-Feb-18 11:36:48

Hope GP can help.

JAMMFYesPlease Tue 20-Feb-18 11:55:57

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.

ShutUpBaz Tue 20-Feb-18 12:01:49

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.

LoveInTokyo Tue 20-Feb-18 14:49:56

Oh no! Stay well away from work until you are better! X

MummySparkle Tue 20-Feb-18 18:52:08

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!

Quick update:

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!

Cosmic123 Wed 21-Feb-18 06:00:10

Please don't even think about going in if you're contagious. Also if your employer is putting any pressure on you about this seriously consider looking for another job

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