Cook: The vacation that wasn't

READ MOREErlanger freezes paid time off for 4,000 employees in attempt to curb losses

photo David Cook

Let's say you work at Erlanger hospital. Maybe you're a technician, or a nurse. And you love your job.

At dinner parties, after too much Pinot, you whisper to people how you'd even work for free if you could; you love your job that much. Helping people get well. The exhilaration of hospital work. Caring for others, especially those who can't rub two pennies together.

But lately, it's gotten tough. Your pension's been changed, your benefits, too. On Friday came the latest gut punch: no accrued vacation days from now until July.

You'd be angry, right? Ticked off? Depressed? You might even feel ...

"Sickened,"