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home sick; feeling guilty anyway 

Day 3 of being home sick with the flu and missing work. Missed class yesterday, which I almost never do. Feeling really sorry to be missing so much work. But as my partner said, it's actually morally better to stay home and not infect others. Still feel guilty somehow.

home sick; feeling guilty anyway 

@chendricks I have a chronic illness and go to campus less than I am theoretically able to because so many people go to work with colds and flus and I can't afford to expose myself.

The academic work culture that guilts people into going to work when they aren't well makes my disease more disabling and hurts my ability to form a professional network and finish my PhD.

Thanks for staying home.

home sick; feeling guilty anyway 

@scisus Sorry for my late reply! I haven’t gotten back on here since then. Thank you for giving me an alternative perspective and such an important one. I will definitely keep this in mind for the future. I did stay home for three days until I felt much better and I think was not so contagious anymore.

I will share this point with others who feel they must go into work even when sick.

home sick; feeling guilty anyway 

@chendricks No apologies necessary! There are no instant communication expectations here.

Thank you for sharing your struggle with the guilt of missing work and also why it's important to do so sometimes - we can take care of others by taking care ourselves.

home sick; feeling guilty anyway 

@chendricks Oh! And I hope you're feeling better!

home sick; feeling guilty anyway 

@scisus Yes, definitely! Lost my voice for a few days but it’s almost completely back to normal.

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