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Title: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Hollanda on May 28, 2013, 03:22:28 PM
I'm of the opinion that using FB when at home ill is wrong in most cases.  Of course there are exceptions.  But generally if I'm not well enough to work (ie today), I am not well enough to mess on my phone or ipad. All I wanted to do was sleep this bug off. Feeling slightly less nauseated. Can handle sitting under a blanket although want bed very soon.  No. I am very picky about using a social networking site that workmates are friends of mine on.

Friends of mine disagree. ..am I being a little bit harsh about this? It just seems wrong to me.  :-\
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Shoo on May 28, 2013, 03:24:37 PM
I don't think there's anything wrong with using Facebook when you're sick at home.  Not everyone needs to be in bed when they're sick.  I like curling up on the couch with a blanket and pillow.  I have my phone and iPad right next to me, and I don't hesitate to use either one if I feel like it.  Being sick doesn't mean you have to lie there and do nothing. 
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Hollanda on May 28, 2013, 03:26:38 PM
Maybe it's just me then lol. I hate going off work sick. 
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: nuit93 on May 28, 2013, 03:29:58 PM
I don't see what the issue is, unless you're posting from the beach :)
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Perfect Circle on May 28, 2013, 03:31:58 PM
There is nothing wrong with it. As long as you are home, you can be on FB. You might be home watching TV all day when sick, there's no difference. Or posting on an interent forum  ;)

However, this is why I never have current colleagues as FB friends.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Hollanda on May 28, 2013, 03:43:17 PM
Thanks.  Idk.  I get your point Perfect Circle...

It's just me then lol!
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: audrey1962 on May 28, 2013, 03:45:15 PM
It's your FB and you can use it anyway you want. You could decide you only want to use FB on the first full moon of the month and it wouldn't be rude.  :D

I hope you're feeling better!
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Sharnita on May 28, 2013, 03:47:02 PM
One of the reasons people stay home is so they don't infect others. They might also need to burn a sick day for a doctor's appointment.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Hmmmmm on May 28, 2013, 04:22:03 PM
I've never encountered this opinion. To me, Facebook or other internet activities is no more taxing than watching TV or reading a book. Do you feel they should stay away from all internet/computer activities or just social networking sites?
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: NyaChan on May 28, 2013, 04:25:40 PM
I can see how using FB while sick could get you in trouble if a coworker or a boss saw it and misunderstood.  They might think, well if you were well enough to do that then you were well enough to come to work.  However, using FB itself isn't wrong.  If you are off of work for a legitimate reason, I don't see how anyone has a right to restrict your actions.  If you want to spend all day playing with Legos while you wait for your fever to pass go for it. 
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: stargazer on May 28, 2013, 04:38:35 PM
Why would using Facebook be wrong because you should be too ill to be messing with it but posting on EHell is okay?
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: perpetua on May 28, 2013, 04:42:41 PM
Why would using Facebook be wrong because you should be too ill to be messing with it but posting on EHell is okay?

Presumably because colleagues could see you posting on FB?

My mother used to use this reasoning on me when I wanted to stay home sick from school: "If you're sick enough to stay home, you're sick enough to stay in bed and not watch TV or read". It was her way of ascertaining whether I was genuinely sick or just trying to pull a fast one to get out of going to school. But as adults, this surely doesn't apply.

Either way, I don't see how it's rude to anyone?
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Cz. Burrito on May 28, 2013, 05:27:52 PM
One of the reasons people stay home is so they don't infect others. They might also need to burn a sick day for a doctor's appointment.


Agreed.  I've also stayed home because injuries from a recent accident made moving painful, I had an allergic reaction that resulted in a full-body itchy rash and clothing hurt, and I recently passed out and didn't feel up to standing/walking/driving.  None of these preclude sitting on the couch and watching TV, reading, or using my iPad.  Even when I've been home with the flu or a bad cold, there is time between naps when I need non-taxing entertainment.

I'd say it's in poor form to post photos of you at the beach when you've called in sick, but other than that, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to entertain yourself while you recuperate.  In fact, I'd expect to see more posts from somebody who is out sick than somebody who is at work.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: TeamBhakta on May 28, 2013, 05:34:35 PM
I don't see what harm it does to you if someone else uses FB during their sick day. Unless they're posting "lolz, I faked a cold! And now Hollanda gets stuck with my work while I'm sunning in Daytona , high fives!!", it isn't your problem.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: jedikaiti on May 28, 2013, 05:44:35 PM
I don't see what harm it does to you if someone else uses FB during their sick day. Unless they're posting "lolz, I faked a cold! And now Hollanda gets stuck with my work while I'm sunning in Daytona , high fives!!", it isn't your problem.

Yea, faking sick then bragging about it on FB (or Twitter, or wherever else) is rather rude and, if done enough, Professional Darwinism. But "My head feels like it's stuffed full of memory foam and I can't think straight so I am just going to sit here and post nonsense and play Angry Birds Friends until I can fall back asleep" is not a problem. Even when sick, there comes a time when you just can't sleep any more (at least for a little while) but you just can't function worth a tinker. FB is a great way to pass time like that.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: bah12 on May 28, 2013, 05:59:14 PM
Add me to the camp of not understanding the issue.  I do get that spending a significant time online while home sick can be misconstrued as faking the illness, but not all illnesses are created equal.  If, for example, I have a severe cold, I may not be up to going to work and spending time at meetings, walking around, dealing with customers, etc.  But can be perfectly fine laying in bed or on the couch and can check email, post on facebook, watch tv, etc. 

I rarely call in sick and when I do, it's because I'm really sick.  Even in those cases, I'm usually willing to answer email and/or take a phone call (if I'm awake), so I don't see anything wrong with posting on FB either.  I just  don't think there's a set rule of what activities can and cannot be done while home sick...at least not when talking about etiquette.  And where some things are obvious (like riding roller coasters, going skiing, etc), others (pretty much anything done at home) are not. 
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Kaypeep on May 28, 2013, 06:50:11 PM
I think it's an unreasonable expectation to stay off FB if you're taking a sick day.  You aren't always required to tell your boss why you have taken a sick day.  It could be a cold, it could be a sprained ankle.  It could be that your kid is sick and you need to stay home and care for them.  My back might be out.  Being on FB could take my mind off the pain, or be a way to get in touch with friends who can  help out while I'm out of commission.

Also, there ARE days when I take a sick day and I'm not sick physically.  Sometimes it's a mental health day.  And I will spend it on FB or reading or whatever.

I would be really annoyed at anyone who applied their own set of moral conduct on me for what I chose to do on my sick day.  Should I not do laundry on a sick day?   Not walk the dog?  Sorry, OP but I think this rule might seem logical to you but it makes no sense to me and is quite presumptuous.


Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Lady Snowdon on May 28, 2013, 10:08:09 PM
I don't think there's anything wrong with being on FB when you're sick.  As others have said, it's a non taxing way to pass the time.  Some people prefer to curl up in front of the TV and watch What Not to Wear all day, and some people prefer to curl up with their laptop and read eHell and post on FB. 

I do think it's wise, however, to refrain from posting things like "Called in sick due to my hangover" or "It's a gorgeous summer day, I'm "sick" and headed to Atlantic City!".  Those might qualify you for professional Darwinism, especially if you have current coworkers as friends on FB. :P
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: lady_disdain on May 28, 2013, 10:21:12 PM
Using Facebook requires 2 minutes of attention span. I can't really get anything productive in 2 minutes. I can't even read a book when I am sick, sometimes, since I can't concentrate for more than those 2 minutes.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: cwm on May 29, 2013, 09:59:16 AM
At my current job, we don't have "sick days" per se, we have Personal Time Off, which we can use for anything. I've spent a lot of PTO this year so far helping my sister with her kid because she doesn't have the PTO in her job and needs someone to watch her. I could spend it and go to a convention if I wanted. Or when I'm sick, or to go on vacation, or anything else.

If your company doesn't offer PTO and you actually take sick days, I still don't see the problem with being on FB. Unless your job is as easy as the mindlessness that FB offers (and in which case, is your company hiring?), there isn't an issue in my mind with light entertainment.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Zilla on May 29, 2013, 10:06:00 AM
If you facebooked that you went and got a haircut, eating lunch at your favorite restaurant etc etc.  Then yeah no that isn't a good thing.


But if you are home sick, why the heck not?  I think maybe you are thinking of when you were a kid and parents would often say, "No tv or computer if you are going to miss school."  Kind of a way to make sure the kid is really sick if there are no visible signs ie high temp.  But an adult is perfectly capable of knowing when you are too sick to work.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: bansidhe on May 29, 2013, 06:47:10 PM
Thanks.  Idk.  I get your point Perfect Circle...

It's just me then lol!

No it's not just you. I avoid Facebook entirely when I'm off work sick. I've friended a lot of co-workers and it just feels very off to me to be messing around on Facebook while they're at work. If I'm out on a vacation day, I post whenever I want. The difference to me is that in the case of illness I'm supposed to be at work but am not, even though it's for a legitimate reason. If I'm on vacation, I'm not supposed to be at work.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: *inviteseller on May 29, 2013, 07:09:10 PM
Better to play on FB when your home sick then when your healthy and at work  >:D
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Firecat on May 29, 2013, 07:57:13 PM
This is part of why I refuse to friend coworkers on FB. Besides, Facebook is where I go to be silly/snarky with my friends, and while my coworkers are nice people, they're not my friends, they're my coworkers.

I don't think it's wrong to be on Facebook if you're home sick, though. Sometimes posting or reading silly stuff is a great distraction from feeling ill, if I don't have a vicious headache that makes looking at the screen painful.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: KenveeB on May 29, 2013, 09:04:15 PM
I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with being on FB while home sick. For me personally, it depends a lot on the kind of sick I am. If I have a stomach flu and am curled up on the bathroom floor all day, obviously I'm not going to be posting. If I'm the kind of sick where I want to do nothing but sleep, then I might post once or twice in a lull but otherwise not. But I've had back problems over the years and spent some sick days where I could barely move off the couch long enough to go to the bathroom and take more pain medicine, yet I was mentally totally alert and physically fine as long as I wasn't moving. So I'd spend a lot of time surfing the web from my laptop, as well as watching TV and reading. It was pretty much all I could do!

Obviously, you should be careful what you post. Being "home sick" and posting about going to the movies or the amusement park is dumb. ;)
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 30, 2013, 01:59:26 PM

My mother used to use this reasoning on me when I wanted to stay home sick from school: "If you're sick enough to stay home, you're sick enough to stay in bed and not watch TV or read". It was her way of ascertaining whether I was genuinely sick or just trying to pull a fast one to get out of going to school. But as adults, this surely doesn't apply.

Either way, I don't see how it's rude to anyone?
Mine too. I still remember my sr. year in HS i came down with a nasty something or other. Fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, so bad I couldn't even lift my head off the pillow without the room spinning. Yet my mother still felt the need to tell me (at age 18) that I was NOT to get up and watch tv, but stay in bed. Ok sure mom, no problem.

I missed 3 days and on day 3 the school called (we didn't have any requirement that you had to have a parent call you out sick) to find out where I was.  I guess 3 days was the trigger. But they told me I sounded so awful they knew I wasn't faking it!
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: amylouky on May 30, 2013, 02:20:58 PM
Well, speaking as someone who has co-workers as FB friends, who frequently post on FB during working hours on NON-sick days.. yeah, I don't see a problem with it. I think most people generally understand that just because someone is sick, it doesn't mean that they are confined to bed with the lights out and no activity all day long.

Now, posting a picture of the fish you caught that morning.. probably not a great idea.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Roe on June 09, 2013, 01:59:19 PM
Yeah, I don't see the connection and why it's "wrong."  Granted, if you called in sick and are out enjoying the day shopping, then that's wrong but if it's personal time off then your day is your day to do with what you want. 

You should always be smart about what you post on FB, regardless of whether or not you called in sick to work.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Margo on June 09, 2013, 03:23:54 PM
I don't think it's wrong. I can think of lots of scenarios where you (general) might be well enough to use FB or twitter but not be fit for work. (In fact, last time I was off sick I spent some of the time updating our office's FB page and blog, as that was something i could do remotely, didn't require to much mental energy and was not critical if I got it wrong!

Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Twik on June 09, 2013, 07:53:19 PM
There's a difference between "too sick to go to work" and "too sick to sit up and do anything". It probably takes less mental strength to Facebook than to read a book, or watch television.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Library Dragon on June 09, 2013, 11:07:41 PM

My mother used to use this reasoning on me when I wanted to stay home sick from school: "If you're sick enough to stay home, you're sick enough to stay in bed and not watch TV or read". It was her way of ascertaining whether I was genuinely sick or just trying to pull a fast one to get out of going to school. But as adults, this surely doesn't apply.

Either way, I don't see how it's rude to anyone?
Mine too. I still remember my sr. year in HS i came down with a nasty something or other. Fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, so bad I couldn't even lift my head off the pillow without the room spinning. Yet my mother still felt the need to tell me (at age 18) that I was NOT to get up and watch tv, but stay in bed. Ok sure mom, no problem.

I missed 3 days and on day 3 the school called (we didn't have any requirement that you had to have a parent call you out sick) to find out where I was.  I guess 3 days was the trigger. But they told me I sounded so awful they knew I wasn't faking it!

I used to do this with DSs.  Mostly because I would fake a stomach ache not to go to school, stay home and watch classic movies and read mysteries.

I have a staffer that is home with an infected spider bite.  If Facebook takes he mind off it good for her.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Fleur on June 10, 2013, 03:37:43 AM


I'm going to be odd man out-I do see the issue, although I most certainly wouldn't make a big deal about it if I saw someone using facebook while off sick. I just wouldn't do it myself.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Allyson on June 10, 2013, 02:31:59 PM
I think there's two separate issues here. 1) Does too sick to go to work mean you're too sick to go online? 2) Is it disrespectful to coworkers to post on Facebook where they can see?

I feel like pretty much everyone agrees that the answer 1) is no. Lots of examples given here of why that's not reasonable. Going online is very very low stress/energy. Also it could be an illness that's super contagious but isn't really debilitating. 2) I suppose is a bit more iffy. I don't really think it's an issue at all to post once or twice, especially a status like, 'I feel awful, going to spend the day playing Facebook games and marathoning Lost Girl'..if someone got iffy about that, that's just silly. But if someone were posting repeatedly, and perhaps seemed like they were just spending the day having a good time, that's maybe a bit unprofessional. Nothing really over the top, but maybe something that isn't the best choice overall?
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Contrary on June 10, 2013, 06:31:31 PM
I got chicken pox when I was 37...this was pre-Facebook, but you can bet I spent my (miserable) days on the internet...playing games, blogging (main subject: THE ITCH MAKE IT STOP), and just generally trying to distract myself. 

So, yeah, I feel it's ok to Facebook while home sick, as long as you are actually home sick, and not 'home <wink> sick"

Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: hobish on June 10, 2013, 06:45:42 PM
Better to play on FB when your home sick then when your healthy and at work  >:D

Heheheheh  ;D

I've definitely seen espoused on here before that too sick to work = too sick for FB/computer games. I am glad to see not all think that way. My job is pretty mentally taxing - i think i mentioned before that it used to be a regular occurance for the ambulance to show up for people who temporarily lost their minds (thank goodness that is not so common anymore), and medical leave for mental health is not at all uncommon. So, just because i don't feel like i can handle that does not mean i can't fling some birds and admin a Pokemon page  :)
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Tabby Uprising on June 10, 2013, 08:22:23 PM
Better to play on FB when your home sick then when your healthy and at work  >:D

Heheheheh  ;D

I've definitely seen espoused on here before that too sick to work = too sick for FB/computer games. I am glad to see not all think that way. My job is pretty mentally taxing - i think i mentioned before that it used to be a regular occurance for the ambulance to show up for people who temporarily lost their minds (thank goodness that is not so common anymore), and medical leave for mental health is not at all uncommon. So, just because i don't feel like i can handle that does not mean i can't fling some birds and admin a Pokemon page  :)

My cats salute you!  ;D
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: mich3554 on June 11, 2013, 06:26:25 PM
I spent the better part of last year with an infection from hell.  Said infection caused 4 orthopedic surgeries and combined hospitalizations of over 2 months.  Of 8 of these months, I was hooked up to IV antibiotics.

Thank God for the computer or I would have gone stark raving mad.  My b/f bought me an iPad for Christmas (right after my first surgery) and I was too out of it to be able to learn how to use it for about the first week or so.  But afterwards, it was the one way I had of amusing myself without needing to think too much.  Hospital TV is lousy, and reading is difficult when drugs you are taking give you the attention span of a gnat.  With social media, you can be as involved or not as you wish.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Hollanda on June 14, 2013, 03:55:02 PM
In my job, sickness is taken seriously. We don't have allocated sick days. If someone is off more than 3 separate occasions a rolling year, HR are involved and a formal monitoring programme started. They want any opportunity to sack people...the company (nationwide) must save a huge amount of money in the next year, due to government cut backs. I'm being deliberately vague here.


The issue is that say I was off sick with a stomach bug now, I would be on formal monitoring despite not being off sick since October last year. I was unfortunate enough to in July, contract a stomach bug from DS (just started mixing with other kids). In August, I had an ear infection which was painful and made me feel ill to move (labyrynthitis) which was confirmed by a Doctor. It still counted against my sick record. The third was an explosive stomach bug, again from DS, in October. Believe me, I wouldn't have been allowed to set foot at work in that state, as the rules forbid anyone with D&V going in. You're supposed to remain off work 24 hours after the last episode. 


Now if I were to be off sick in 2 weeks time, it wouldn't hit the trigger (the July episode would have passed) but I would be informally monitored for 3 months in case I was faking it, knowing they couldn't do anything (not that I would do that, but people have abused the system in the past). It has been said in meetings that if anyone is off work ill, they need to be very, very careful even going on Facebook. This was reiterated at last admin meeting. If there should be anything remotely suspicious on FB, then it will be investigated as a disciplinary. It really is getting that bad.


It's a bad situation for people that don't abuse the system. I don't like being off work ill at the best of times, even less so now there is this feeling of persecution.  Coworkers ask questions..."what's wrong with you?" "Nobody feels well today but we're all working" "is it really bad enough to not come to work?" People who are genuinely off ill feel guilty for being ill. I've gone into work several times when in the past I know I would have stayed at home. My chest infection a the end of August (run up to wedding stress, probably, coupled with exhaustion).  When DS went to hospital with a serious enough respiratory virus and we didn't get home until after 2am and I was too scared to sleep properly in case his condition worsened again. You get the picture.


Basically, for all the reasons I've described, to me, it's just not s good idea...I've taken time to read all the replies and understand why you guys feel the way you do. But I guess it's a personal thing here.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: MariaE on June 14, 2013, 04:47:39 PM
If I worked in such an environment as yours, I wouldn't think it was a good idea either... for people in that workplace.

As it is, I work for a company that doesn't care if you're on FB while at work, as long as you do your job properly :)
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: camlan on June 14, 2013, 05:02:04 PM
Years ago, pre-Facebook days, I got sick. Called work and told them I wasn't coming in. Called the doctor, because my temperature was about 103. Got appointment for 11:30. Went to appointment. Got diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Got prescription. Went to pharmacy for medication. Went home. Called in sick the following two days, until the fever broke.

Went back to work. Got called into owner's office, where I was questioned by owner and vice-president about my misuse of sick days (we only got 3 sick days a year).

You see, I was driving to the pharmacy about noon time. Someone from the office out to get lunch saw me. And the only local pharmacy was in a small mall near the office, and someone else from the office saw me leaving the drug store. And both of them apparently couldn't wait to run to the boss and tattle on me for pretending to be sick. Because clearly, if I could drive a car and walk into the mall, I was not sick enough to stay home from work. Having a fever that topped off at 105 clearly doesn't matter.

It took a lot of explaining and reassuring on my part that I wasn't faking. I finally just said, "So if I get sick, I'm not supposed to go to the doctor's? And I'm not supposed to get antibiotics?" I think that finally got through to them that sometimes, a sick person has no choice but to go out. Then they tried to tell me that I should have had someone drive me to the doctor's and someone else should have picked up the medication. Since I'm single and live alone, not sure who they thought was going to do that.

And it wasn't all bad, as I learned that I had 2 enemies in the office and now knew to look out for them.

I see Facebook as the modern day equivalent. If you know that someone from your office might take your posting on Facebook the wrong way, I'd stay off it. Or better yet, not friend co-workers and be able to Facebook all I liked if I was home sick.

It's the *perception* of what you are doing that counts many times, not what you are *actually* doing.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: *inviteseller on June 14, 2013, 05:11:46 PM
My last job, if myself or co worker had to be off (she sliced her leg and had to have 32 staples, my DD has health issues and had to be seen by specialists) we would be on FB so we could IM each other with questions or just check in.  It was easier than calling each other.  But if you work in an environment when you can't even get sick (and trust me, I worked when I was home with DD..my home computer was networked into work because boss lady didn't want you to miss a minute) I can see being afraid, but my theory is, as long as I am not posting about drinking margaritas by the pool, they can't say anything.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: Sharnita on June 15, 2013, 02:05:37 PM
As a teacher you have gwt a sub when you are voing to be out, whether or a docror's appointnwnt or anything else. And you can't get a sub to come in for just an hour or two. The reality is that in my experience it is almost impossible to get a dub for an entire day. Teachers who call in a half day job might not get it picked up and so othet teachers have yo double up, cover during planning hours or the room goes unattended (whole other thread).  I have had to burn an entire day so I could go to a morning doctor's appointment. Not sick mind you, just not the type of work place where you can takw an hour or two for a schexuked appointment. There are also no such things as bereavement days, at least in that district, so if Grandma (or spouse/parent/child)dies you call in sick for each day you need to arrange/attend the funeral.
Title: Re: Facebook when off work ill
Post by: lurkerwisp on June 18, 2013, 01:56:35 PM
At times I have been too sick to get to work, but well enough to do things around the house.  Totally unnecessary story time. :D

A few months ago I had a massive and terrifying allergic reaction to something (haven't figured out the trigger yet) and was initially misdiagnosed as having shingles.  The doctor told me I was very contagious and to stay home, away from my many pregnant coworkers.  I let the office know and they were more than happy to keep me at a very great distance.  At that point in the allergy attack phase I was itchy and very unhappy, but also completely mobile and able to do just about anything.  I remoted in and got a lot of work done from home.

As the allergy attack grew worse, I was misdiagnosed a second time.  This time it was a much more terrible thing they believed that I had and put me on narcotic pain relief and all kinds of other medications that turned me into a zombie.  When I was awake, I was dizzy, my hives had swollen into enormous blisters that made it very hard for me to move, and I couldn't walk a straight line.  I wasn't contagious, but I wasn't able to go to work or get anything useful done.  I spent the weekend like that in a daze, posting on Facebook and my personal blog with photos of my blisters and how gross I was feeling.

Later, I finally got a correct diagnosis, and was able to stop taking most of the medications that were making me so woozy.  I ended up staying home another day to go to follow up appointments with the dermatologist and wait for the blisters to drain enough for me to be able to drive to work again.  I was posting more photos of my gross condition on Facebook and my blog that day too.

When I got back to work, I had photos to share of how yucky my last few days had been, that only the morbidly curious really wanted to see.  Nobody was upset that I'd been slacking off because it was incredibly obvious that I wasn't having anything resembling fun.  If you're sick and can't get to work that doesn't really mean you're sick and can't use a computer or cellphone.