As you may know, my job is great and I love my bosses. There's just oooonnneee thing! They have never, in over a year, stayed home with their kids when they get sick. It's really tough to take care of sick kids, especially twin two year old sick kids, and I almost ALWAYS catch what they have! I've been a trooper and only called in sick twice in over a year.
So this week the mom stayed home mon and was REALLY sick! I could hear her throwing up all day in her room. Then yesterday she stayed home so she "wouldn't get anybody at her office sick". When the boys stopped eating and started having diarrhea towards the end of yesterday, I knew what was coming. So I sent her a text this morning before work asking how they were feeling and saying I cannot come in if they are super sick. No response. So I show up and they're obviously not feeling well but not totally miserable. Now, hours later, I finally get a text from her asking if this is how I feel about sick kids in general. I said YES! A runny nose or an earache is one thing, but if your kid is miserable and contagious, I cannot care for them unless it is an emergency.
What I WANTED to say (but didn't) is 1- you're so worried about your coworkers catching what you have, yet you expect me to come in your germ infested house, take care of the sick people and clean up their vomit? and 2- your kids need YOU when they're feeling awful, not ME! I love them to death but I am not their mother! and 3-you don't offer me health insurance or pay me enough to afford my own so I'm totally screwed if I get sick! Plus then I have to miss more work and I don't get paid for sick days. Most likely, my boyfriend (and family, and roommates) will also catch what your kids have given me and they will be out of work too!
Has anybody else experienced this? All my other bosses have just stayed home automatically or called and said "so and so has this and this going on, are you comfortable coming in?" and I have the option. I know these people care about their kids and me and probably just never thought about it but I HATE having to put my foot down like that!