Typhoid Mary and the Angry, Pitch-Fork-and-Torch Mob

8 thoughts on “Typhoid Mary and the Angry, Pitch-Fork-and-Torch Mob”

  1. I am feeling fine. I wish I was sick today, I would have loved to stay home from work.

    Haha! Well, you can always play hooky, Bob. 😉

  2. So far so good on the homefront, Love. 🙂


    Good! I’m okay here, too, and I found out Michelle is VERY sick! An ear infection, strep throat, AND a 102F fever! She hit the trifecta!

  3. My workplace has a policy about employee illness. Any person running a fever is sent home, and must stay away until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the help of anti-febrile medications. This is fairly easy to enforce in a medical environment. We just tell the head nurse if someone is looking pale, and she runs over and sticks a thermometer in their ear.

    Nice! Unfortunately I don’t work in a healthcare facility where spreading disease might lead to, you know, death or something equally untreatable. But it would be nice to be able to rat someone out and have them ushered out the door, that’s for sure!

  4. I’m lucky that few of my coworkers get sick…unless it’s the brown bottle flu that mysteriously clears up after 12 hours or the “got a big a$$ed bag o’ drugs and can’t stop snorting/shooting/smoking/popping long enough to get to work” sickness. That takes a few days to get over.

    It must be the germs we are constantly exposed to that keeps us from being walking snot bags.

    Must be! I don’t envy you the “illnesses” you do have, though, to be honest. Ick.

  5. Reminds me of the weird paradox that always arose in college – every professor advised that you ought to stay home if you felt sick, but then promptly mentioned that if you missed more than a couple class periods you would be dropped a letter grade, failed, or some other such threat. Some classes – generally the once a week, three-hour kind – had policies where you could only miss one class session (regardless of reason) before being penalized.

    I suppose it’s much better with real work, where you certainly shouldn’t worry too much about being fired or something for missing a handful of days due to the plague, but we do seem to live in a culture that encourages working no matter what, health be damned.

    Yes, we do, don’t we? And it’s also true that it’s dependent on what type of work you do. I, for instance, do not have to fear reprisal or penalty for missing a few days of work for illness, but someone on our hourly pay bands might. So, many factors. How much the job you do depends on attendance and how much leeway you have due to position have much to do with it. But schools are self-important fiefdoms with no interest in much but control. They do those things because you can, and they get sick pleasure, I think, out of seeing you squirm and knowing they stole thousands of dollars from you and your family and you have no recourse. Why else would they care whether you attend class or not, so long as you can demonstrate you’ve learned what they taught?

  6. Your company must have very generous sick leave. I have never had enough sick leave to just stay home when I was sick.

    Not really, pretty standard. 10 days of paid sick time, after that you have to dip into vacation or whatever. I have it from my boss, however, that if you’re not abusive with it, no one counts the sick days taken. That was also true for the LAST full-time job I had back in 2002, so it’s pretty standard behavior for salaried people.

    Of course, I’ve also been unlucky enough to get sick and stay sick for an entire month before. I don’t think any company is generous with sick leave for that. I should move to France…

    Don’t get me started on France.

  7. It’s nice your work place has the option that she could work from home if need be, and sadly she isn’t doing so, but most work places have “sick rules”, which they don’t abide by.

    Matt works in the grocery business, and they have all the documentation that says “if you’re sick, we don’t want you here, blah blah blah, and it’s your responsibility when you see your doctor to point out so they can recommend you stay away”, but when it comes down to it. You’re shit on.

    I worked for Tim Horton’s for a period, and there were two front store managers. One guy, LOVED me, but the other lady… oh my. She was livid at me for calling in sick, and I had a doctor’s appointment already lined up, and she was even more pissed when I gave her my letter on my way home saying I wasn’t to be at work for a week because I had tonsillitis, and was feverish… she made it quite clear she wasn’t happy with me.

    It sucks, and they say those things, but employers still get pissy about it.

    True enough, lots of them do. What kills me is the ones which take it so seriously are generally the ones who don’t pay well. The better the position/company, the better the sick time benefits (be they written or unwritten).

    Our Typhoid Mary is well now and we never got sick, so all’s well that ends well I suppose.

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