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Hello, I've been lurking for a while, but tonight I need some advice. I have a p-doc appointment tomorrow morning. I'm a big chicken and haven't asked my boss for the time off for the appointment. Part of me thinks I should just call in sick for the entire day - however, it's a Monday and not a good day to take off (hence my chicken-ness to ask ahead for time off).

Another part of me thinks I should skip the appointment.

Help, please. Have you been in this situation? Without telling the boss that you're seeing a psychiatrist, how have you accomodated appointments during work hours?

Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

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I've just said, "I have a personal appointment at X time, I'll be gone for Y hours" Nobody's ever questioned it. Everybody has to take personal time sometimes. Or You could just say "There's Something I need to take care of" Better to give lots of advance notice and work it out ahead of time if someone needs to cover your duties while you're gone.

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"I have an appointment"

"I have a pre-existing meeting to attend"

"I have some things to look after - I'll be a bit late."

"I have some (personal) business to attend to"

You could show up a half-hour late and blame traffic, or not blame anything at all. Some people are just late, sometimes.

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It is private what type of specialist you are seeing, and your diagnosis.

I would call in the morning and tell them you have a doctor's appt at xx hour, and you will be in to work afterwards.

don't cancel on the doctor.....

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Call in sick and go to the appointment.

Try to schedule you next appt on a non-peak work load time and day. Then request time off in advance for a doctor appt. Since I don't tell my boss I have to see the GYN, I don't think you need say you're seeing a pdoc. K?

I'm lucky. My pdoc has Sat appts and my therapist evening ones. Ideal. Everyone should have it so easy.

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