Ah yes, the male football mentality. You’re supposed to be tough and get in there and play not matter how much your’e hurtin. (down those pain killers!). You might guess I’m not much of a fan here too.
On a serious note, you may want to check out your rights under the new Family medical leave act or whatever its called. Email Dianne for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org) I think she can fill you in on this.