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!