Have you ever had an illness or injury that resulted in missing work or school for a substantial amount of time?
Walking pneumonia during Rush Week (in January) and the first few weeks of the Spring semester, but I refused to stay home. Later that semester, chicken pox took out half of my freshman English class. I was out for a week.
Then a few years ago I missed work for a month for a double mastectomy. Ended up missing a few more weeks due to complications.
When I had bronchitis a couple times and pneumonia. NOT fun. And when I was in school I got my wisdom teeth taken out. I looked like a damned chipmunk and I could barely talk.
If two months is considered substantial, yes. Otherwise. No.
I contracted a staff infection during my first month of high school. It attached itself to my collar bone; I had two surgeries and I was out of school for two months. It wasn’t the best way to kick off my high school career.
I have a loud cough that would linger after I was no longer sick. Before I could handle it as well as I do today, I could get sent home from school every day for at longest two weeks straight.
Yeah. I had mono as a 5th grader. I missed a few weeks of school.
Does a week count lol?
Found out I had esophageal cancer in May. Six weeks of chemo and radiation resulted in missing a few days. I had a 13 hour surgical procedure in August followed by an eight day hospital stay. Took a few days off when I got home, had a couple of appointments. In all I missed about three weeks. Not bad considering my diagnosis. My biggest takeaway, robotic surgery is the way to go. I was up and walking less than 8 hours after I woke up.
That’s a lot to go through, especially in a short time. I hope you stay cancer free.
Thank you! Yeah, it was a lot, but it was relatively quick and over with before I had much time to think about it. No complaints.
I missed 3-4 weeks in elementary school after a surgery to fix vesicoureteral reflux. Come to find out, they can do it robotically now and down time is only a few days 🤷🏼♀️
Had mono my senior year of high school. Missed 3 weeks and prom.
What a bummer about the prom!
I had my tonsils removed last year. I was out of of work for a couple weeks. That’s a brutal recovery.
Yeah, the older you are when they’re taken out, the more difficult the recovery. I had mine out at 37.
2+ months recovery from bariactic surgery 18 months ago. And then diagnosed with Parkinson’s and am no longer able to work. Had to take of 2+ weeks for my wife’s brain surgery in Jan for her Parkinson’s.
Wow. You both have Parkinson’s? What a blow. How are you managing that?
Two weeks for the flu, or mono or something in 7th grade.
I was sick in seventh grade and missed an entire month of school
I was out for the last three weeks of 8th grade with tonsillitis. Finally got them removed the day after “graduation.”
Achilles’ tendon transfer and knee replacement
I got triple whammed when I was in the 12th grade where I got mono, followed by a cold, then Strep
That's awful. I had pneumonia that kept me out of school for about three months, mono that made me miss at least three months and a second bout of mono that made me miss another month. Luckily, they weren't on the same year.
Oh geez, that sounds even worse
It wasn't fun but neither was your episode. That had to be awful.
Elementary schools are virulent, fetid swamps of viruses and bacteria. The first few years of teaching are a process of getting sick developing immunities. All new teachers miss work.
For me it was 2 consecutive weeks each year with the flu. After 4 or 5 years I hardly missed a day until retiring.
I’m terrified of small children for this reason. As far as I’m concerned, Chuckie Cheese may as well be populated by zombies.
Most was two weeks school missed when I was 17.
Pneumonia, likely because of a compromised immune system from too little rest. Up at 5 AM to deliver newspapers, walk 1.5 miles to school, full school day, after school basketball practice which often lasted until 7 PM, walk 1.5 miles home.
In 2009, I was in 2nd grade when I got the Swine Flu and I missed a week of school. I remember getting sick after leaving Blain's Farm & Fleet.
Years ago when I was in middle school (8th grade) I got the Swine Flu. I had to miss 5 weeks of school because I was SO sick.
Two knee surgeries in one year. Ugh
I had the flu for a week in kindergarten. That’s pretty much it.
Broken leg :/
Malaria when I was a teacher in Gabon.
Yes... Scarlett fever, mono, & an emergency appendectomy back before it was laparoscopic
High sided a racing bike in 2000 put me out of everything for 6 weeks and took just over 6 months to really get life back on track. Then severe food poisoning in 2015 took me out for a week of work and it’s been screwing with me since.
I had pneumonia and had to go on a medical leave of absence until I was cleared to go back to work.
I tore my rotator cuff and was on strict work restrictions where I couldn’t work for months.
Been thru that ... 😫 ... which shoulder?
My right shoulder
Bummer, mine too - are you right-handed?
If so, certain personal hygiene needs can be pretty tricky, but we all figure out a way.
.. and tomorrow I have to see the Dr about the left shoulder.. right now I’m holding it together with KT tape and an elastic sleeve. Wish me luck and I’ll wish you luck! 😊
Yes, I’m right handed. It’s always that way, isn’t it?
Yes, shampooing, shaving, etc. Unfortunately the MRI showed a lot more that had been building over the years.
What’s going on with your left shoulder? OMG that sounds awful! I wish you more than luck! I wish you healing! 🤕🤕🤕
The same thing as the right was. Trying to catch it before the tendon completely tears. The right one did and the surgeon could only re-attach one of the biceps ... the other had completely failed... don’t want that on the left as well.
Yeah ... motorcycle accident, out of work nearly 9 months.
Out of school for a few days after I broke my ankle in hockey practice
Had chicken pox age 37 and was in the hospital for 3 days, then in quarantine at home for 2 1/2 weeks with doctor visits every few days.
Took nearly 6 weeks before I was half way normal again.
You were fortunate to survive!
It’s awful to get it as an adult. I’ve known a couple people to whom it’s happened.
You win the prize, I think.
Bad case of spinal meningitis caused me to be out for a month. My job was awesome to let me come back.
I was out of kindergarten for a few months, having been misdiagnosed with scarlet fever. I don’t know what I actually had.
You kidding? I’m a nurse. I’m lucky I’m still alive considering my injuries
appendicitis for a week once.
Yes after a head injury once.
I took about four months off for back surgery and recovery. I had six months of sick leave saved up for just that kind of reason.
Yes. I got mono the first semester I was away at school. It was awful.
Does a month count as a substantial amount of time? If so, then yes, at least twice. Once after a surgery and once after an illness.
Sure. My mom starts back to work tomorrow after her broken wrist if that sounds familiar.
I broke a bone in my leg once (fibula, near the ankle) but I lost only a couple days’ work over that, because I got one of those little scooter things (KneeWalker is one model) where you rest your injured leg on a platform and push the thing with your other leg. But a broken wrist would probably have kept me home much longer, because of the kind of work I did.
Actually I remember 3 instances now - *2* surgeries where I had to take a month off to heal, and then with one of them I had a weird problem that put me in the hospital for a week. The 3rd time I had a tumor removed from my leg, with skin grafts to cover the site, and had to be out for a month then too.
I hope your mother’s all healed up!