Christy is the mother of three kids and a hospital nurse in Tacoma, WA. With access to paid sick days, she knows that she is one of the lucky ones. Back when she was in school for her nursing degree, Christy worked for a company that did not provide sick leave.
Then, deciding to stay home when sick meant worrying whether her paycheck would cover groceries. “I had very little kids at the time: 6 months, 3 years, and a 6 year old. Once all of my children were sick and I really was not feeling well myself. I really needed to stay home and get well, and plus try to take care of them. But at that time I was not able to. If I went to work sick, I knew that I would have a full check to pay bills. If I didn’t, well I would have to rob Peter to pay Paul and hope it worked out in the end. I made the decision to go to work sick,” Christy says.
“Now I am a nurse and see how others have to make that decision. I feel a need to speak out because we all deserve to stay home when we are sick. I as a nurse would not have a sick nurse caring for me or a restaurateur making my food.”