Well, I finally decided that this cough is getting too much, especially since it's causing me headaches. And after I ended up late yesterday with NO VOICE, and still having no voice today, I reported in sick and left the office early.
I managed to catch my doc before he left for his lunch break (he already had his coat on, but let me in anyway). He prescribed me some drops (which my insurance does NOT cover and signed me off sick through Sunday (yay, no weekend business trips!). If I'm still feeling bad on Monday, he'll extend it.
We do not get "sick days" over here. When you're sick, you can stay home on full pay, as long as a doctor writes a note... a copy going to the office, and one going to the insurance. I keep forgetting how long you can be sick on full pay, or when the insurance kicks in. But you do NOT lose your job for being sick! In fact, your job usually gets held for you until you can return.... your co-workers trying to cover your load. We once had a gal sick for 8 months and the poor guy who shared her job had to do all her stuff as well.... and didn't get a bonus or anything for it. She then returned, but then got transfered to a different department and we got someone new.
Well, now I'm going to fix some soup, then go to bed.
Yes, I'll be checking in on y'all occassionally...