We are perpetually understaffed at work. If you'd indulge me in some math, there are 30 routes in our office that need 2 days off per week. S0, 60 days per week need to be covered, half of them are Sunday which only needs about 15 people to cover. So roughly we need 45 days covered a week. We have 7 substitute carriers to cover them. If each of the subs worked 6 days a week, this would mean at best, 3 people would need to be in on overtime each week. Currently we have one regular on vacation, and 2 more out with COVID. So, using basic math, this means we need, as an example, this week 21 of us to work our day off to cover everything.
Twenty one of us, out of 30, more or less every week. And it has been like this for at least the last 6 months.
So, knowing I have 4 auto immunes and that my second COVID shot was coming up, I put in for a sick day afterwards. It was denied. So I put it in as a vacation day and it was approved. Not a big deal, but just a pain to backtrack and recode it after the fact. But, if you were management wouldn't you want to know ahead of the game that you were going to be short staffed?
Apparently, not. Management is adamantly denying that there will be any people out sick afterward the second shot. Despite that towns have had to close school from lack of teachers, or that we have actual federal policy to protect our jobs from this exact scenario. So when my shot got pushed up a day ahead of schedule, there was no pre-emptive coverage for my being out, as I was expected to be there.
I was not in fact, at work on Friday. By Thursday night I had the basic overall yuck that everyone else gets, but by morning I was so dizzy I could barely stand up. I also was having trouble breathing and swallowing because my chest was tight and my lymph nodes were swollen. It also triggered my digestive auto immunes, leaving me in substantial pain most of the day.
23 hours post shot I had 102 fever, chills, and could barely walk to the back door to let the dog out. With meds I was able to get it down to 101, and overnight my body was able to sweat it out, just short of changing clothes for a third time. Gross.
Saturday was my original recovery day, so I am scheduled off already. Which is good because now the other two auto immunes have left me extremely dehydrated and tired. Monday is my day off, and Tuesday I took a personal day to take my niece to see a college. Hubs is home today so he'll do the driving and light grocery shopping that needs to be done.
My point, if you're still here, is that I KNEW I would have an issue and management adamantly said I was wrong. That I had no idea how I'd be feeling afterwards.
Okay *Karen* because I haven't lived in this body for 46 years or anything.
I'll see you on Wednesday.
Only 10 years, 6 months and 2 days until retirement...