2019-02-06 00:00:00

Well, I bet you yellowbellies are enjoying your time in sickbay, huh? You’re still in my beloved Corps so don’t think you’ve gotten a Dear John and a trip back home. Gunnery Sergeant Hoo-Ha here is gonna tell you all about working while betting sick.

So grab your IFAK and call the medic cause it’s time to lock n’ load!

photo credit to:https://longevity.media

#1. Management
Just like giving out a SITREP or LOGREP to whoever requires it, illness management will allow you to manage when your illness will strike and allow you to prepare in advance; a sort of pre-emptive strike if you know what I mean. Have you tried to work without management? It’s hell, I’ll tell you. It’s like working with kids. The better you manage your sickness, the better you’ll work. Ya got that?

#2. Medkits
This is similar to video games health kits except it’s to save your life. Some examples are IFAK’s or Individual First Aid Kits (standard issue for all Marines and soldiers). Others can be Grizzly First Aid Kits or Car First Aid Kits or Salewa First Aid Kits, the point of the matter is you need a medical kit you can grab on to when you need it the most. Know the small pouch us soldiers wear between our butts? That’s an IFAK. I carry one with me everywhere including an 8-in-1 survival kit. Hoorah!

#3. Support
This is how you make a sort of infrastructure at work. You may want to talk with the human resource department or your own co-workers when you have time to ask them if they’ve got meds on hand specifically for you. Don’t count on your co-workers to have on-hand supplies, though. Each individual has their own medical demands so it’s unlikely they can cater to your needs. However, if you do manage to find a co-worker that DOES have the same condition as you, you two could be each other’s wingman.

Reference: What It's Like Living and Working With a Chronic Illness