I hope the title makes sense. I'm young and on my first job and just encountered a very uncomfortable situation I don't know how to react to.
There's more threads on how to handle illness at work but I think this is different. The very reason to consider staying at home is that going may be worse for my reputation at my job.
I didn't see my doctor yet but I'm very likely to have a bladder infection or something because I have pain and, what's worse, mild incontinence. Last friday at work I noticed a very subtle but noticeable smell of urine and thought it was some cleaning product in another room or something, turns out it was urine and it was me (without my control), and I didn't do anything about it for hours. I don't want that to happen ever again, however, it happened a couple times at home this weekend. The amount is very small, not even enough to leave a stain in my pants (or I didn't notice...), but as I said it smelled.
A friend told me this doesn't warrant a sick day because I obviously can do my job. However, I'm really scared of pissing myself. What am I supposed to do about this?
I could bring a change of underwear in a bag and if it happens change in the bathroom (and hope there's not a second time), I admittedly find that very shameful though.
I thought about talking with my manager and suggesting working from home a few days, then after that maybe come back if it doesn't happen in a while, even if the antibiotic treatment isn't over yet. My job can be done from home, as indicated in the tags it's software development.
On a side note, I also think it's in my best interest to bring this up with my manager anyway so if he noticed something last friday now he knows it's not my fault. And even if I go to work tomorrow he should know I may have to leave. I have no idea how to bring it up though.