So, here I am writing my first blog and I am sick! Great example of living a healthy lifestyle, eh? *cough cough*
There has been a nasty cough going around my office over the last couple of months and a few people in my area have been coughing for that ENTIRE time! There are a couple of people in particular that have that phlegmy, uncontrollable cough which makes me cringe every time I hear it. This also worries me, because they have had this cough for so long and don’t seem to be improving… My boss is one of these.
She is a busy, energetic woman who either doesn’t want to (or feels that she can’t) take time off work to get better. Now that I think about it, it has been many months since I last saw her entirely healthy, but she has only missed work one or two days. I have urged her to stay home/go home many times, but it isn’t up to me in the end.
And now I am sick too! I am definitely not as bad as other people in my office (thank you, BTD!), but between going to work with sick people everyday, being coughed all over by a couple of kids two weeks ago, and sitting in a waiting room with another hacker, here I am. I guess I am not invincible like I thought…
I stayed home from work on Tuesday in the hopes of getting better and I did indeed improve. Then back to work Wednesday and Thursday and today I still have this cough! I am working from home today so I could sleep in a bit. I’ve been pounding back the Proberry, ARA Plus, Quercetin, and Scorbatate. I have also resorted to wearing my toque (Canadian for hat) around the house and using a humidifier at night.
So, this brings me to my pet peeve: people who drag themselves to work, no matter how sick they feel or who else they might infect. It’s not so much that they bring their germs to work with them - I consider it my own responsibility to keep myself healthy and my immune system strong. It is the mentality that one’s health needs can be ignored or put off because it interferes with the almighty work! When did work become so important? God forbid you miss a meeting or don’t return one of your 50 emails within 24 hours…
I believe in staying home and getting well when you are sick, but I also feel guilty if I stay home, since there are other (sicker) people showing up for work everyday. And, since my boss is one of these “troupers”, she sets what I think is an unhealthy example that I don’t want to follow.
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