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Poll: How ill would you need to be to push back a deadline?
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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Coma? Jan 4

How could you possibly NOT let a deadline slip if you were in a coma?

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Flu or migraine Jan 4

It's a question of whether I can deliver work to the standard the client expects.

Hospitalised with a broken leg - which has never happened - would in theory at least let me go on translating. A snuffly cold did not stop me in November, but a temperature and flu might affect my work, and I know migraine attacks do.

I call or mail the client and tell them what the problem is, then we decide what to do. Agencies are often able to find another translator. I have also taken over from others on occasions.

It is definitely best to let the client know when you are not working at full capacity. It can usually be sorted out, and you don't lose the client. It is not fair to the client if you struggle on and then deliver poor quality work. They know we're human, or else they should be reminded!


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Blood clot in the lung Jan 4

and suspected blood clot in the brain

Not one of the options, Chris

This happened to me towards the end of March last year.
My leg from the knee down swelled up enormously and I was basically hospitalized on the spot after receiving the results of a CT scan and ultrasound. They'd found blood clots in my left leg, the largest of which was about 22 cm long, and part of it had traveled to my left lung. I'd also been seeing bright flashing lights in the peripheral area of my field of vision, which apparently happens as a result of the brain trying to compensate for a blocked blood vessel. Fortunately, the MRI came back with no blood clot related abnormalities. It was caused momentarily by something else, which was benign.

As a result of this, I had to cancel three big jobs and lost a lot of income. It also took over three months to get regular work again from customers. That hurt more than the hospitalization.

The moral of the story is:

"Beware of sitting down for long periods without sufficient exercise"

a cause of deep vein thrombosis. I wonder which profession would fall under this category?


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Jan 4

My wife's funeral was last week, so I've asked my clients for looser deadlines until the end of next week, when I'll be back in Spain.

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Teresa Borges
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Other Jan 4

I don’t get sick very often, I’m a good time manager and I'm known to deliver ahead of time. In over 30 years, I can’t recall ever delivering an assignment late, but I'm sure that if it ever did occur, it would be due to circumstances beyond my control like a sudden serious illness and in this case my “back-office” (meaning my daughter and business associate) knows what to do. In over 30 years I had 4 days of bed rest because of back pain (herniated disc) plus 5 days in the hospital for surgical removal of thyroid nodules but it wasn’t a sudden event and I had all the time needed to organize myself. I haven't had a cold or flu in years and I don’t drink alcohol. I suffer from retinal migraines but in general these last less than an hour and fortunately these episodes have been very sporadic…

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Not being able to concentrate Jan 4

because of the illness. Usually a serious cold which I get once a year - donated by my children.
And then I just sleep for 2 or 3 days and I amusually back on my feet (or desk). As soon as I realise that the cold is coming and I have a deadline, I try to finish the urgent jobs and pussh off the other ones which is usually not so much of a problem.

Chris, competition with anonymous? This is the second or third poll from you since you have renewed... ;-/

Its SNOWING!!


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Please accept my condolences Jan 4

neilmac wrote:

My wife's funeral was last week, so I've asked my clients for looser deadlines until the end of next week, when I'll be back in Spain.


Very sad news, so sorry...



[Edited at 2017-01-04 12:47 GMT]


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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@Neil Jan 4

neilmac wrote:

My wife's funeral was last week


Shit, I'm so sorry to hear that. No flippant comments from me today.


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Elizabeth Joy Pitt de Morales  Identity Verified
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My condolences Jan 4

neilmac wrote:

My wife's funeral was last week, so I've asked my clients for looser deadlines until the end of next week, when I'll be back in Spain.


Very sorry to hear that, Neil. My deepest condolences to you.


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Nadia Martin  Identity Verified
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My condolences Jan 4

neilmac wrote:

My wife's funeral was last week, so I've asked my clients for looser deadlines until the end of next week, when I'll be back in Spain.


Sorry to hear that, Neil. Please accept my condolences.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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I'm sorry Jan 4

neilmac wrote:

My wife's funeral was last week...


My sincere condolences, Neil. May she rest in peace, and may you and your family find the courage to go on.

This is indeed the worst possible reason.


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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My prayers with you Jan 4

neilmac wrote:

My wife's funeral was last week, so I've asked my clients for looser deadlines until the end of next week, when I'll be back in Spain.


May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Liza



[Edited at 2017-01-04 11:02 GMT]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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@Neil Jan 4

Very sorry to hear your news.

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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@Julian Jan 4

Julian Holmes wrote:

They'd found blood clots in my left leg, the largest of which was about 22 cm long, and part of it had traveled to my left lung.
As a result of this, I had to cancel three big jobs and lost a lot of income. It also took over three months to get regular work again from customers. That hurt more than the hospitalization.
The moral of the story is:

"Beware of sitting down for long periods without sufficient exercise"
a cause of deep vein thrombosis. I wonder which profession would fall under this category?


Dear Julian, luckily I survived the same, I am glad you are here and I wish you to raise your income three times in 2017 and compensate all the loss!


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