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Baran Keki
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Can't call in sick can you? Jun 10

This thread made me realize the only good thing about being an in-house translator (a position I held until 3 months ago). You could call in sick and bring a doctor's report the week after. Btw isn't this supposed to be the time of year when you shouldn't get the flue, in the northern hemisphere at any rate?

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The Misha
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It all depends... Jun 10

... on how badly you need that money and want to keep that client. It also depends on your overall relationship with the client. What goes with some, won't with others. But I am sure you know all that yourself.

Get well, Ilan. Or else:)


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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The flu Jun 12

Baran Keki wrote:

This thread made me realize the only good thing about being an in-house translator (a position I held until 3 months ago). You could call in sick and bring a doctor's report the week after. Btw isn't this supposed to be the time of year when you shouldn't get the flue, in the northern hemisphere at any rate?


When it comes to illnesses, especially the flu, the only thing to protect you is a flu vaccine.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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:-) Jun 12

Mario Chavez wrote:

When it comes to illnesses, especially the flu, the only thing to protect you is a flu vaccine.


Somehow I don't think the flu vaccine will protect you against other illnesses, Mario. The clue is in the name.

(And, like all vaccines, it isn't necessary and does more harm than good, etc etc etc.)

Ilan, get well soon. Put them off for a few days. If they can't be reasonable, you don't want them and should tell them to take a running jump. Unless they're likely to send round men with baseball bats, in which case subcontract. IMHO.


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Tom in London
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Flew Jun 12

Thanks to all those who know the correct way to spell the shortened form of "influenza".

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Rewrite! Jun 12

Chris S wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:

When it comes to illnesses, especially the flu, the only thing to protect you is a flu vaccine.


Somehow I don't think the flu vaccine will protect you against other illnesses, Mario. The clue is in the name.

(And, like all vaccines, it isn't necessary and does more harm than good, etc etc etc.)

Ilan, get well soon. Put them off for a few days. If they can't be reasonable, you don't want them and should tell them to take a running jump. Unless they're likely to send round men with baseball bats, in which case subcontract. IMHO.


Okay, good point.
When it comes to an illness such as the flu (or influenza), one of the best protections is the flu vaccine.

I disagree with the unscientific (or anti-science) posture that vaccines are unnecessary and do more harm than good. Unless you were being facetious.



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xxxIlan Rubin  Identity Verified
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Thanks... Jun 12

... for the good wishes. What I have isn't the flu though. It's a degree of tonsilitis that hits me about once per year and the only prophylaxis possible is having my tonsils removed. But at 45 it's a massive ordeal.

Fortunately I know exactly what antibiotics I need to kill it and I try not to take the same ones more than once per year. One of the great things about living in Russia (apart from the 6% tax as a sole trader) is that you don't have to waste time going to the doctor for a prescription - any pharmacy will sell you whatever you ask for, even if they shouldn't, strictly speaking.

Anyway, back to my original Q - the consensus appears to be "shut up shop". That was never an option in my old life as an investment banker but sounds good - Thank You!!


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Michael Newton  Identity Verified
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When ill... Jun 12

The self-employed are never ill.

"Keep calm and soldier on"


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Baran Keki
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oops! Jun 12

Tom in London wrote:

Thanks to all those who know the correct way to spell the shortened form of "influenza".

Sorry Btw before that typo and your sarcastic way of making me realize my mistake I had no idea what 'flue' meant, I had to look it up. Thanks for helping me extend my vocabulary.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Welcome, Baran Jun 13

Baran Keki wrote:

Tom in London wrote:

Thanks to all those who know the correct way to spell the shortened form of "influenza".

Sorry Btw before that typo and your sarcastic way of making me realize my mistake I had no idea what 'flue' meant, I had to look it up. Thanks for helping me extend my vocabulary.


Hi, Baran, that's Tom; he's British and likes to share some sarcastic witticisms now and then. He means well.



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Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
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We are just people like everyone else ... Jul 13

Having said that, I would go for a combination of solutions, depending on the type of assignment:

* Small ongoing assignments with close-by deadlines: take paracetamol/acetaminophen and go through the ordeal, which should not take more than a few hours. If that is really impossible: outsource as an urgent assignment to a reliable colleague.
* Larger ongoing assignments, deadline further away: outsource to a reliable colleague
* New assignments, even for good and faithful clients: do not accept them, mention the fact that you are ill and will let them know when you're up and running again.


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Sorana_M.
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Patience and tea Jul 17

ILAN RUBIN wrote:

What is your strategy when you get ill? I've got a temperature, sore throat, etc. Out of action since yesterday, it may last several more days. I won't lose my clients but I face a mixture of losing some work and having a stressful pile of work waiting for me to get better and mounting up by the day.

How do you cope in such a situation?



I don't cope at all. Just think, you won't lose your clients. Just let people know you will be "out of service" for a while. If you've got the flu and not just a cold, then your body needs at least 14 days to fully recover.


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Sorana_M.
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Flu Jul 17

Mario Chavez wrote:

When it comes to illnesses, especially the flu, the only thing to protect you is a flu vaccine.


Unless one is allergic to it. I used to be and never trusted it. Flu is very strange these days, at least in my country.


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