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ILY3000 November 4th, 2019 12:03am

Have you ever had an illness or injury that resulted in missing work or school for a substantial amount of time?

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11/10/19 1:26 pm

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.

ladyniner81 people suck
11/06/19 6:08 am

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.

tdaddy Kentucky
11/04/19 11:42 pm

If two months is considered substantial, yes. Otherwise. No.

cultjam California
11/04/19 11:00 pm

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.

eman2056 Everywhere
11/04/19 8:20 pm

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.

Gunfighter06 Iowa, since 1846
11/04/19 7:55 pm

Yeah. I had mono as a 5th grader. I missed a few weeks of school.

11/04/19 5:39 pm

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.

susanr Colorado
11/09/19 4:58 pm

That’s a lot to go through, especially in a short time. I hope you stay cancer free.

11/11/19 6:11 am

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.

11/04/19 5:29 pm

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 🤷🏼‍♀️

Mymops New York
11/04/19 5:20 pm

Had mono my senior year of high school. Missed 3 weeks and prom.

kanji401 SoCal gal
11/04/19 10:40 pm

What a bummer about the prom!

otisfuzz Georgia
11/04/19 4:03 pm

I had my tonsils removed last year. I was out of of work for a couple weeks. That’s a brutal recovery.

11/10/19 1:20 pm

Yeah, the older you are when they’re taken out, the more difficult the recovery. I had mine out at 37.

thebob Medford Oregon
11/04/19 1:13 pm

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.

11/10/19 1:21 pm

Wow. You both have Parkinson’s? What a blow. How are you managing that?

alkafelts Texas
11/04/19 12:53 pm

Two weeks for the flu, or mono or something in 7th grade.

Acebeardman14 Tennessee
11/04/19 9:56 am

I was sick in seventh grade and missed an entire month of school

kales Not Quite Boston
11/04/19 6:54 am

I was out for the last three weeks of 8th grade with tonsillitis. Finally got them removed the day after “graduation.”

Vesta Cleveland Ohio
11/04/19 6:40 am

Achilles’ tendon transfer and knee replacement

ARedHerring Kentucky
11/04/19 4:19 am

I got triple whammed when I was in the 12th grade where I got mono, followed by a cold, then Strep

11/04/19 7:12 am

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.

ARedHerring Kentucky
11/04/19 3:03 pm

Oh geez, that sounds even worse

11/04/19 6:22 pm

It wasn't fun but neither was your episode. That had to be awful.

Zardoz California native
11/03/19 11:41 pm

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.

Vesta Cleveland Ohio
11/04/19 2:45 pm

I’m terrified of small children for this reason. As far as I’m concerned, Chuckie Cheese may as well be populated by zombies.

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
11/03/19 10:10 pm

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.

Jedi97 Wisconsin
11/03/19 10:09 pm

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.

11/03/19 10:02 pm

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.

Jedi97 Wisconsin
11/03/19 10:11 pm

No hashtag

kcgator Las Vegas
11/03/19 10:01 pm

Two knee surgeries in one year. Ugh

STEMguy Parties Are The Enemy
11/03/19 9:17 pm

I had the flu for a week in kindergarten. That’s pretty much it.

BradenP bp80847
11/03/19 9:09 pm

Broken leg :/

11/03/19 9:04 pm

Malaria when I was a teacher in Gabon.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
11/03/19 8:53 pm

Yes... Scarlett fever, mono, & an emergency appendectomy back before it was laparoscopic

hollywoodshane Nebraska
11/03/19 8:43 pm

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.

snagglepuss Story Time
11/03/19 8:28 pm

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.


shygal47 Florida east coast
11/04/19 2:52 pm

Been thru that ... 😫 ... which shoulder?

shygal47 Florida east coast
11/05/19 8:46 am

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! 😊

snagglepuss2 Spring has sprung
11/05/19 10:46 am

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! 🤕🤕🤕


shygal47 Florida east coast
11/05/19 2:30 pm

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.

shygal47 Florida east coast
11/03/19 8:28 pm

Yeah ... motorcycle accident, out of work nearly 9 months.

11/03/19 8:27 pm

Out of school for a few days after I broke my ankle in hockey practice

bnnt Los Angeles
11/03/19 8:15 pm

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.

shygal47 Florida east coast
11/03/19 8:29 pm

You were fortunate to survive!

katerina13 stuck in the middle
11/03/19 9:10 pm

It’s awful to get it as an adult. I’ve known a couple people to whom it’s happened.

Vesta Cleveland Ohio
11/04/19 2:46 pm

You win the prize, I think.

11/03/19 8:03 pm

Bad case of spinal meningitis caused me to be out for a month. My job was awesome to let me come back.

catpillow Florida West Coast
11/03/19 7:53 pm

I was out of kindergarten for a few months, having been misdiagnosed with scarlet fever. I don’t know what I actually had.

me2nokneez California
11/03/19 7:53 pm

You kidding? I’m a nurse. I’m lucky I’m still alive considering my injuries

cato Santa Barbara, California
11/03/19 7:47 pm

appendicitis for a week once.

Ebola007 Florida
11/03/19 7:46 pm

Yes after a head injury once.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/03/19 7:43 pm

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.

HBNY this space for rent
11/03/19 7:40 pm

Yes. I got mono the first semester I was away at school. It was awful.

susanr Colorado
11/03/19 7:12 pm

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.

ILY3000 Blue collar
11/03/19 7:13 pm

Sure. My mom starts back to work tomorrow after her broken wrist if that sounds familiar.

susanr Colorado
11/03/19 7:33 pm

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!