So, naturally, after just three full days on the job, I come down with a cold. (Didn't I just have a cold last month?) I actually went in yesterday, assuming that I was mostly over it, but after an hour, I started getting hints that I was in error. The person I'm working with at the client said, "yes, go home, don't come in while you're contagious" -- which is exactly my attitude. Good call; shortly after I got home, I pretty much collapsed into Bedrest And Fluids Mode.
This morning, I was still pretty bad, so I called in to both the client and the temp agency. My rep at the temp agency asked if I could get a doctor's note, so it didn't seem that I was just flaking off an assignment.
The answer to that question, it seems, is a solid NO.
My expedition to procure said note would have had to have been substantially more productive to even make the bottom of the pointless scale.
- First urgent care: "We don't see walk-ins on Tuesday and Thursday."
- Second urgent care: "None of our doctors showed up. We can't see anyone."
- Third urgent care: "We're not an urgent care -- check across the street." (Okay, they get some slack, since it was the second Urgent Care that gave me directions.)
- Fourth urgent care: "A cold's not 'urgent', you contemptuous crybaby. We won't see you without an appointment."
At this point, I'm tempted to write my own note. "A. Stormdancer, AA, BS, ESSP."
I've got enough biotech/health care background to know that all I need is bedrest, fluids, and vitamins -- NOT DRIVING AROUND FOR AN HOUR GETTING NOT-SEEN BY NOT-DOCTORS.