Working when you're sick


LawnSite Senior Member
Cary, IL
I've been sick for about 5 days now, and still am, I haven't started mowing yet, and it's been raining alot, so i can't really do aerating or clean-ups either. But today it's nice out, and I'm tempted to just wear an extra sheatshirt and get some work done.

What's your take on this? Do you work when you're sick? or stay at home?

White Gardens

LawnSite Fanatic
Bloomington IL
First thing I do is go to the doctor. The faster I can get better, the faster I can recover.

Then I just power through and get as much stuff done as possible while sick. I've got someone hired on now, so that helps, and hopefully I'll have another hired on later this summer.



LawnSite Senior Member
Humans re the only living creature that does not produce their own vitamin C naturally, we all need to consume it pretty much daily for proper immune health. When you do get sick try to take 4X as much vitamin C as normal and add ceyanne to most everything you eat, it will help clear up sinuses. There are times when prescribed antibiotics are about the only solution so if it goes beyond 10 days with no signs of letting up it maybe time for a clinic visit. Last year I was sick in the middle of summer for 2 weeks, went and got meds, 2 weeks later was still sick. One Sunday morning some state CDC workers went door to door saying there had been an air born out break of some kind sickness caused from livestock. I have several farming operations within 3 miles of me. Needless to say it required a differant medication and the entire valley of several thousand people were pretty much infected.

Kelly's Landscaping

LawnSite Platinum Member
Milford CT
You work so hard to build up a account list in this trade you cannot risk it and not show up simply because you feel sick. The costs of that are unthinkable and so most will tell you they work sick. I seem to always get some ones spring cold but what I'm worried about now is a Sinus Infection which I have gotten before from dust. And this year is so dam dry as we blow the lawns down or suck the stuff up the dust is unreal nothing like a cloud of dust the size of a house coming off your vac truck. The advantages are the clean ups are going faster I'm just 700 dollars away from setting my all time March sales record and I got 7 more days to shatter that at 1000-1500 a day I think that's certain. The negatives are you can get sick or piss off the neighbors thankfully its finally going to rain tomorrow which were desperate for here. Hope you feel better.


LawnSite Senior Member
Southern Georgia
I have been sick for several days as well. The pollen and dust have been unreal these past 2 weeks. I just have to push through it. I can't call out. It's just me and one helper. The work still has to be done. I usually wear a mask when it's peak pollen time but I didn't do it soon enough this year I guess. We finally got some rain this weekend so hoping that helps.

I overdid it a little last year around this time too. Fever got to 105 and stayed there and I couldn't breathe, so I got to spend some time in the hospital. Walking Pneumonia.

Trying to take a little better care this year. :)


LawnSite Senior Member
Ontario, Canada
I am having a runny nose and watery eyes for the past week because of the pollen but, I just have to hang on and work work work......


LawnSite Bronze Member
tampa, fl
If you don't do it then who is? Being sick sucks but sometimes you just gotta suck it up, put on your big boy shorts and do what you gotta do!
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