Sydney Danielle Lough 3/11/07

Sydney Danielle Lough  3/11/07
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Monday, February 11, 2008

Time Off from Planning and Some Venting

I am taking a week off from Monday Madness and Menu Plan Monday. Last week was really crazy: my work schedule was off, I did not stick to my menu, and Andrew ended up getting sick. He was in bed all weekend, downing the cold medicine and trying to fight off the fever that would not leave. We ate out more than we should have and have a ton of left-overs. So, this week, I am just going to play it by ear.

However, I did try a couple of great recipes that were not in my plan and I wanted to share them with you. Both are from a new site I found: What's for Dinner? She has great recipes. You should check them out. Here are the two new recipes that we liked:

Chicken Pockets- This was easy to make, but we ended up needing to use two packages of crescent rolls. The next time we make these, we want to try putting shredded cheese into the mix and maybe topping them with some asiago cheese that will end up crusty on top.

Bourbon Chicken
- The recipe does not call for a particular side dish, but the next time we make this, we want to try it with fried rice. It was very tasty!

Now, on to the venting part of this post. Why do people go to work sick? Andrew is sick this week because one of his co-workers came to work sick for an entire week without going to a doctor or taking a day off to try to recover. If she had just taken a couple of days to stay home, take care of herself, maybe see a doctor and get some medicine if that was applicable, she probably would have gotten better faster and no one else would have caught it. As it is, Andrew is home sick today, another girl is home sick today, and a third person is starting to feel sick. And, the original sick person?... you guessed it- still at work!

I mean, I realize that some people can't afford to miss a day of work. I appreciate that! I really do. But, if you have to go, take all of the necessary precautions to keep from spreading it to others.

Being in the healthcare profession, I understand the pressure that can be put on a person to be at work. However, I feel that in my profession, I am doing my patients' a disservice if I show up sick. They are already more susseptable to getting sick and the last person they need around them is another sick person.

That is my two cents. What do you think? Am I overreacting? Does this bother anyone else? Do you go to work when you are sick? I promise, I won't think any worse of you if you do. I just want to get someone else's perspective.

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Jeni said...

Sounds like you had a hectic week and yucky weekend! Sorry! The two recipes you showed look good - I'll have to try them.

If it makes you feel any better, I looked at my blog archives today and realized that I do the Monday posts an average of once a month. :-)

Tiffany said...

Thanks for the encouragement. I am beginning to realize that I just have to take things a day at a time.

Sandi said...

I can understand and relate to the why-do-people-show-up-sick thing, but I have to say that my husband is most guilty. He says that you have to be pretty much throwing up or on your deathbed to skip work as a resident -- that you would be looked down on to take a day off -- at least, that is the pressure that he feels. So whenever he's sick he goes into work -- I can only think of one or two times that he's taken a sick day for being sick. ???!

Tiffany said...

Isn't it sad the pressure that is put on residents?! It is like a right of passage or something that you have to be treated so poorly in order to become a doctor. How is that helping the patients? I can't believe I ever thought about being a doctor. I definitely could not have handled the pressure!

Jeni said...

I couldn't even handle the pressure of being a vet; I know for sure I wouldn't have been able to be a physician!!

James works when he's sick, too, but since his office is upstairs, he's not infecting anyone else. :-)

Amy said...

Joe had a coworker show up yesterday saying he had the flu. Can you believe that? They pressured him into going home early. Around my office, everyone freaks out if you come to work with the slightest runny nose...even if it's allergies and you aren't contagious, people freak out and follow you around with Lysol which is totally irritating. But I'm all for not coming to work when you are going to contaminate everyone else.