I know this has come up a few times in the somewhat distant past, but I'd like to re-visit it, mostly because I've had the flu the last few days, I'm more or less car-free, and this always ends up being a pain in the ***. An obvious position is to say, "if you're too sick to ride to work, you're too sick to work." However, I'm a teacher, so when I'm sick, I can't just not go in; I either have to suck it up and go to work anyway, or I have to at least go in early for 30-60 minutes to get everything ready for the substitute, then go back home and go to bed. I've come up with these solutions, none of which are very satisfactory:
1. Just ride in to work anyway, albeit more slowly than usual. This is OK for a normal cold, but I attempted it with the actual flu this morning at 6:00 AM, fever, joint pain and all, and by the time I got to work I was lightheaded and shaking. (I also stayed and worked through the school day, which was even more miserable and foolish.)
2. Take the bus. I'm ashamed to say I've done this before. It works out, but you put unsuspecting fellow passengers at risk of infection, which is of course pretty rude if not downright reprehensible.
3. Call a cab. I've never done this, because I'm too cheap, and who knows when the cab will finally show up? (Also, see number 2.)
4. Grab a car-share car. This works if a car happens to be parked within a couple blocks of my house; if it's farther away than that, it's probably just as easy to go ahead and ride to work. (Also, someone else is going to drive the car after me, so, again, see number 2.)
5. Call a co-worker and ask him or her give you a ride. I've thought about this in my weaker, more selfish moments, but I've never done it, and probably never will. When I went car-free ten years ago, I promised myself, and vowed to my mocking friends, that I would never inconvenience anyone because of my quixotic desire to live without owning a car, and I'd rather be lying in a fever delirium on the side of the road than to ask a motoring coworker to please come haul my sniveling, helpless *** to school. (Also, see number 2.)
I have no idea what to do here, other than just keep sticking with slow rides and the occasional guilty bus ride. Maybe just create a generic sub plan for when I get seriously ill, content in the knowledge that my students will understand that no actual learning is going on, and subsequently run riot in my absence. (OK, they sometimes do that anyway; they're 13.)
If you're car-free, or even if your family only has one car, what do you do if you're sick and have to at least make a token appearance at work?