Taking a “Sick” Day

Normally, taking a sick day involves you suffering at home, most likely laid up in bed and feeling really crappy. Well, this morning, while I was interviewing a candidate for a teaching position at my school, I noticed my eye was really weepy. For some unknown reason, my eye kept watering uncontrollably. I had to repeatedly wipe my eye, hoping the interviewee didn’t notice. After the interview, I asked my Head of School to have a look at my eye. Her assessment that it was a possible eye infection. Around 10:00am, I decided to get it checked out at the doctor.

Just as suspected, I was diagnosed with allergic conjunctivitis and given some drops to help it clear up. In all my years of teaching, I’ve never had an eye infection before, but the doc said it was highly contagious on the first day, so I needed to stay home the rest of the day. It was so strange to take a “sick” day without actually feeling sick, however my unexpected day of rest was appreciated.

It’s back to work tomorrow!

15 thoughts on “Taking a “Sick” Day

  1. Radutti

    Heh, that must have been a strange sensation. It’s always a bit uncomfortable to be in that social situation – perhaps your interviewee felt she was moving to tears with the quality of her responses. 😉

    Glad you had a chance to rest up!

  2. cmargocs

    I can empathize with this weird use of a sick day, as I’ve had the same issue a time or two. Weird to be out “sick” when 99% of your body feels fine! I hope you were able to relax a bit and indulge in some self-care during your time away from the desk.

  3. Kristy L

    Uuugggh, pink eye! Not a fan. I had it twice last year and I hadn’t had it since I was a little kid. Glad you got an unexpected break though! 🙂

  4. karpenglish

    It is nice to have a “sick” day when you don’t really feel all that bad. It is relaxing, like an unexpected snow day. I am sorry that you have conjunctivitis though – so itchy! (How have you managed to teach for years and never pick up an eye infection?)

  5. livinglife816287820

    Yes, enjoy your day off and if it’s like the conjunctivitis that floats around in India, it is extremely contagious but not particularly itchy, I’ve had it once or twice and we were told putting a used teabags on the eye (squeezed out of course) helps and it did seem to stop the watering!


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