I have been a nurse for forty years. Save for the ten months I stayed home with my young child and the three years I was completing my FNP degree I worked full time. I toughed it out when I was sick. I remember puking on the way to work one morning because I could not call out sick because there was no one else to take my shift at the hospital. Many days I would just push through the exhaustion to get the work done.
When I was a single mother there was little choice. I had to do it all. Work, care for my son, tend to the logistics of life in today's complex society. I know a lot of women like me with all types of careers. We all just soldier on, because THAT IS WHAT WE DO.
I remember going to work for weeks with a cough. No fever, feeling a bit low, but not really sick. Hey, I would only cough when I talked, so it couldn't be that bad, right? Well, I had pneumonia. I took one day off and went back to work.
Yes, by now you have figured out where this is going. I am mightily peeved that this whole media blitz over a woman with pneumonia has gotten out of hand. DUH. She was sick, she tried to carry on and it didn't work out. Don't condemn her. This happens ALL THE TIME.
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I'M WITH HER.