I suffer from respiratory, esophageal and intestinal maladies which can keep me down for longer than a couple of hours. Some of them even cause me to lose energy and the ability to get around. Because of this, I need to rest and recuperate. Without having paid sick days, I would lose my housing and be forced to sleep on the street until I am able to secure alternate housing. Its important to remember that free shelter is no longer an immediate solution. Due to the vast numbers of homeless, missions and other service aqgencies can no longer guarantee shelter, for even one night.
This reality is why it is very important to earn paid sick days and have the opportunity to cash them in to cover everyday expenses.