Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sick day

After six months of being exposed to no hand washing, open mouth coughing, disease spreading, Korean children who at least 30% of whom are "seek" at any given time, my immune system finally gave up. I guess I have not been eating enough kimchi...

Now it is my turn to say "I seek teacher! Need to sreep in crass." Except I aint going to class, I am using one of my 14 sick days to stay at home and get paid.

Back in the good ole US of A, if I was too sick to drag my sorry ass into work, that was 8 hours of money that I would not earn. As a carpenter, I made over $20.00 an hour, so a sick day meant at least $160.00 would be missing out of the next pay check, more if we were working overtime that day. And if I was so sick, that I needed to go to a doctor? That would have to come out of the next pay check.

There are a lot of things that suck of Korea, but at least I can take a day off every once in a while and not have to worry about how I am going to pay the bills.


  1. Your school lets you take sick days? Mine tell me I can stay home sick after I finish my classes for the day.

  2. The beauties of public school! At my hagwon last year if I called in sick I had to bring in a doctor's note and they were really mean about it the ONE time I used a sick day in the entire year (and was legitimately needing to see the doctor). This year, I felt sick, called in and NO PROBLEM. I agree with you...paid sick leave is amazing.

  3. I think you are suppose to bring a doctor's note, but no one ever says anything. Sometimes they even tell me to go home if I have the sniffles. They don't want to catch that foreigner AIDS from me.