It's been a while, but my job has been blissful, so there has been no need to bitch. I even enjoyed the huge overflow of holiday overnight shifts(6pm to 6am to watch people's dogs while they flew to the mainland for the holidays.) As a matter of fact, I am writing to praise my completely awesome boss, who has been a saint.
I haven't been feeling well lately and when I went into work last Tuesday, I felt a little queasy and ungodly exhausted. I really love my job, however, and since I wasn't running a fever or seemed otherwise contagious, I went in anyway as I seriously would have hated to let my boss down.
Well, after walking 3 lovely puppies, I came back in feeling like I was going to lose it. Thinking maybe I had just overheated(it's freaking hot in Hawaii) I just tried to cool down. I did warn my boss(Puppy Leader)that I wasn't feeling great, but told her I was going to try my very best to stay, as I didn't believe I was contagious and they had a LOT of cleaning to do that day. She knows how much I hate leaving or calling out. She said alright, as long as I warned her if I didn't think I could make it, and I set about scrubbing the doors(yay muddy puppy paws).
After an hour, I knew I couldn't make it. The normal smells of dog and cleaning supplies, which normally don't even phase me, were becoming overwhelming and I had to leave or else risk puking everywhere. Another employee had just gone on a smoke break, so I informed Puppy Leader that when he got back, I thought it would be best if I left. She told me it was no problem and even offered to give me a ride home(even though i'm within 5 minute walking distance)if I couldn't get ahold of my husband. I could have cried I was so touched. I thanked her, called my husband, and went home to collapse and feel like death.
I ended up having to call out Friday(much to my disappointment, as I honestly love my job)and Puppy Leader was extremely understanding and even checked up on me. When she emailed me my schedule Sunday, it was accompanied by a message saying that she had pushed my hours towards the end of the week, that way I had more time to recover and be sure everything was ok. I've only ever worked for corporations where calling in sick was like assassinating the CEO, so having my boss be so understanding during a bad time just blew my mind. She is completely awesome and I am so going to have to work my butt off in order to make up for not being able to help out much lately. Can't say I 'm not looking forward to it. :)
On an ending note, on Sunday, after I got my schedule, I may have possibly discovered what's been making me so sick and tired. Nothing is confirmed yet, but there may be a little kitten on the way. :D
Purring with antici.....pation,