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Monday, March 12, 2007

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

BLEECH!!! I just spent the last four days, including two beautiful weekend days, in bed.....with a terrible cold. I don't think it's the flu, I didn't ever have a temperature. What I had was a hacking cough, a relentless one at that, and intense fatigue. No, I didn't go to the doctor, because I am just hard headed like that. I usually wait until I can't stand it anymore or until I develop some unusual symptom that I can't attribute to the usual suspects. I have had been too many times at the doctor's office just to be told I have a bad cold or the flu. Heck, I could have told them that! So how about you, do you run to the doctor everytime you get sick?

When you get sick, do you go in to work anyway or do you use up all your sick time taking days off at the slightest sign of a cold?

Me, I usually try to save my sick time for the girls. We use our sick time (separate from vacation time and Personal Time Off) to take care of a sick child, for doctor's appointments, or when you are actually too sick to come in to work. Normally, with just a regular cough and sniffling type of cold I probably would have gone to work anyway and tried to work through it while trying to stay out of co-workers' way so I don't spread germs. Staying out of people's way is not difficult in my job anyway; my work requires me to be pretty independent and I coordinate team projects usually by phone or email. Face to face meetings are usually intentioned and planned so very much avoidable when necessary. I have a box of kleenex nearby, and a large container of disinfecting wipe to clean everything off at the end of the day just so I don't save any germs for the next day.

This time around though, when the mere act of brushing my teeth fatigued me, I had to use a couple of days of sick time and just stayed in bed for the last four days. I'm sick and tired of being sick!


MrsPartyGirl said...

right now, hubby has the sniffles, too. but he's always been allergic to pollens so he knows better to take antihistamines at this time of the year :) and like you, he still goes off to work and reserves his sick days when he or ninna are really sick, which is good too because he can spread his germs in the office instead of passing them on to ninna, hehe!

get well soon, jmom!

Omom said...

Aaw, hope you feel better soon. I've been lucky this season, I haven't caught the full-blown cold or flu. Mom, lola and, of course, the girls, have gotten it but my vitamins seem to help ward off whatever yucky-yucks are floating about. Take loads of vitamin Ester-C and the old Jewish cure-all, chicken soup.
Am sending you healthy vibes. Hugs.

HiPnCooLMoMMa said...

hope you're feeling better JMom

ann said...

Get well soon Jeanette!

I just take panadol when not feeling well, mas ok kesa magpa doktor dito...hehehe.

JMom said...

hehe! lupit mo mrsparty girl :) Actually, here at work some people get downright irritable when others come in sick. They don't want to catch it. Good thing I work by myself most of the time.

hi sis, thanks. I'm nearnly overdosing in chicken soup! lol!

thanks, hipncoolmomma.

thanks, ann....matigas kasi ulo ko eh. I don't like taking any medications :(

FerriCardia said...

lol, i like this... sick and tired of being sick and tired. Pareho po pala tayo, kelangan life threatening bago mang-istorbo ng doctor! :)

Sana po'y ok na kayo!