A few days ago I badly injured my arm in a fall, as a result of which I have to keep my arm in a sling for at least two weeks, possibly more. It’s my right arm, and I’m right-handed, so I can’t write, can only type slowly with one hand, have trouble with the mouse, and am just very slow at doing the typical office tasks my job requires of me - not to mention typical life tasks like tying my shoes, chopping vegetables, drying myself after a shower, and on and on. Plus, I can’t drive. As you can imagine it’s been hugely frustrating and inconvenient, though I know I’ll eventually heal and get back to normal.
I was going to go back to work right away but given my limitations the two bosses I report to are encouraging me to just use sick leave for the duration of my recovery. (Or at least for two weeks - don’t know how they’d feel if it went beyond that.) It’s slow at work right now, I have tons of sick leave saved up, and they can get my tasks covered. One of them offered to give me her Netflix account so I could catch up on TV shows.
So I’ve been home for the past few days, which feels weird because other than the fact that my arm’s in a sling, I feel perfectly fine. Normally I only miss work if I have a cold or stomach bug or something that makes me want to lie in bed all day sipping hot drinks. But this is not like that at all. Other than a bit of pain if I move my arm a certain way and some grogginess when I take my medicine, I’m good - my legs work, I have energy, and my basic constitution is healthy.
So here’s the question: since I effectively can’t work but feel fine, is it ethically/morally okay for me to enjoy this time by, say, going on a trip? I live in walking distance of a train station; can I head off somewhere for a few days? After all, I might not be able to do office work with only one arm, but I can walk through a museum, sit at a concert, or listen to a tour guide just as easily as I could sit at home…which is what I’d otherwise be doing.
Or is that “wrong,” and should I just stay home and act “sick”- or even insist on going back to work?
What do you think? Poll to come.