Sometimes things happen in life. Things we didn’t plan, but happen anyway. This is especially true when it comes to work and school. Sometimes we get sick enough we can’t go, or have a once in a life time opportunity that requires skipping it. The result is an absence, and whether you live in New York or Texas that can mean big trouble if you don’t have a doctors note. Even when you’re absent for a perfectly legitimate or even medical excuse, if you can’t get a hold of a medical note you’ll have a black mark on your record and some serious consequences. Thankfully a such a note isn’t as hard to find as you would think.
We all of course know the best way to get a medical note from Dr. John Smith, whether it is legit or not. We go to a hospital, say what we want, sign some forms, get the note and we get a discharge without a problem. Unfortunately things aren’t always quite this simple. For one thing, if you’re going to get the note as an excuse and not legitimately, any number of drs might get suspicious and not let you have one. If you are sick with something minor that’s bad enough you have to miss work, but not bad enough that you needed to see a doctor, you can be out a whole lot of money just to get a piece of paper saying that you were telling the truth. What would have been one missed day of pay can turn into a whole weeks worth once the fees for what is effectively a doctor scrawled on blank piece of paper. And that’s not to mention when you have excuses for not going to work or school that aren’t medical related, and thus are unacceptable. It can get messy, but there are alternatives.
You can always download a doctors note from the internet, but that has some problems too, especially when it comes to free ones. First of all, when you print a note off of the computer, it can make it look a bit illegitimate, which raises suspicions. Next, odds are you’ll need to fill out some of the template out in pen, which can have disastrous problems if your teacher or boss has a sample of your hand writing to contrast it with. You could always bring in someone else to help, but that involves bringing more people who could spill the beans into the little caper. Of course not all printable notes you find online are bad, but for the most part you shouldn’t trust templates that are provided for free. There’s no shame in paying a little bit to get one, it’s still far less than you would at a hospital or doctors office. You can even order the filled out forms via mail instead so you don’t run into any technical issues.
So just how do you use a doctors note effectively? Well the best and most common way to use it, as we’ve been discussing so far, is to simple excuse an absence. It doesn’t really matter what you were doing if you have a perfectly valid excuse with hard evidence to back it up. Of course you should do this too much, if your authority figures desk piles up with papers of your excuses you can expect a bit of an investigation when you return to school or work. But every once in a while is just fine, you deserve the odd day off after all. Even if you just decide to use it as a safety net for when you need to take a day off but don’t have proof to back you up, a fake medical note is still the perfect solution.
But there are plenty of other ways to use a medical note. Let’s look at an example. Say you work in a warehouse, and one of your occasional jobs is to lug around awkward wooden crates that give you splinters. You could either suck it up and keep doing the dirty work, or you could release your inhibitions a bit and use a medical note excusing you from heavy lifting. The results will be you’ll be given lighter duties like sweeping, sorting and so forth while someone else does that heavy lifting you hate so much! Be careful with this sort of use, since if you try to excuse yourself from too much they might decide to just let you go instead. But used in a clever way this can be a great way to make your entire workplace or school life a more enjoyable experience.
Remember, if you use a poorly made medical note you’ll be in just as much trouble as you would be if you didn’t bring one at all. If, on the other hand, you have an artfully made medical note for your authority figures examination, the world will seem like a much fairer and more open place to you.