My current troubles started last Sunday. We were shopping and I had to grad a display to keep from falling over. I was dizzy. Over the week the dizzy/vertigo spells got more and more frequent. They also got more intense.
Wednesday night I was walking the dog and the whole world started to spin. It continued to do so for almost five minutes after I sat down on the couch.
On top of the dizziness, I was tired and my head hurt.
Thursday, the dizziness stopped, replaced by a headache and a general crappy feeling. I was short and snippy at work (I apologize, y’all). I had work to do, but I’d find myself staring at nothing.
In other words, I was sick.
I stayed home on Friday. I decided to use my sick leave. And I feel guilty for doing it. Like because I’m not dead, I should be at work.
I am given both annual leave and sick leave. I am allowed to use them both. Why should I feel guilty?
It’s because Americans are actively dissuaded from not going to work. It’s an awful workplace culture and it helps no one.
So I took my day off. I rested and hydrated. I cuddled my puppy and petted my kitties.
And I did not feel guilty.