Not about illness, but still not being able to make it to work. I had been out of town for a day, for a non-regular job I also did. My car broke down on my way back. It was later in the day, so they weren't able to get it fixed that night, but they got it diagnosed and said they would be able to fix it by the next afternoon.
So I got a cheap hotel room and called work to tell them I wouldn't be able to make my lunch hour shift the next day. The policy was we had to call in at least 2 hours before our shift if we were sick or couldn't make it in. I figured it would be better to give them as much notice as I possibly could especially since it was a lunch shift.
I got a hold of the manager that was working and explained to her that I was stranded out of town. She said I would have to call around and find someone to cover my shift. No problem, I didn't mind trying to get the shift covered. The only problem was I wasn't able to get the big book of numbers to get the shift covered.
She said she didn't have time to look up numbers for me. I explained that I understood that and I wasn't trying to be difficult, but I literally was not able to get there to get the book, and if I could then I wouldn't need to get the shift covered.
Me: "I am over 120 miles away, even if I start walking now, I'm not going to make it."
Finally, she tells me, "Candy (the manager for the next days shift) is here, talk to her."
She hands her the phone. Candy asks what's going on. I explain that I am stranded out of town and can't work the next day, she simply says, "No problem, I'll get the shift covered."
And that was it. Why was that so hard?