Look, guys, I don’t have time to get sick. I’m a busy lady, you know? But for the last week and a half I’ve been basically stuck on my couch watching countless episodes of Law and Order: SVU on Netflix. What started out as bronchitis became a sinus infection, but I almost feel well again and am considered fit for human interaction. My officemates still give me the evil eye when I sneeze, though, and I am going through Clorox wipes like they’re going out of style.

This is the first time I’ve taken time off to be sick. I took two full days last week and I ended up leaving early every other day I was working. It never occurred to me until I was answering text messages from back up support staff in the middle of a Mucinex fog just how important back up support is. I’m finally getting my back up (and consequently, my back up’s back up) trained on all the duties I’ve been handed in the Therap world, which prompted me to write a manual of my own job duties. It’s hard to write out all the things you do at your job without missing something, but I’ve gotten a decent size chunk of the pie taken care of.

I thought this might be good food for thought for those of you who are considered the “Therap guru” of your agencies – who is trained to take over for you in the event of an illness? Do you have a handbook or some sort of guide to walk them through the steps of modules they are unfamiliar with? What’s your back up plan?