Thursday, October 07, 2004

Sick in the City

I’ve made an observation. When you’re sick, you’re so involved in how shitty you feel that you don’t give much thought to all the germs you’re spreading around. This happened to me last year – I had killer virus after killer virus, and many of them turned into bacterial infections that hunkered down into my throat and lungs. And every morning I’d pack myself up and go to work. I’d sit at my desk, not 5 feet from the woman at the next desk, and cough and blow my nose all day. I was oblivious to my highly contagious state.

And, of course, when people would say, “Trillian! Get yourself home, Girl!” I’d act like a martyr and decline the offer. I thought they were really concerned for my health. Now, I realize as one of my officemates hacks and honks her way through the day, that while they may have been worried about me, they were mostly wanting to not get infected with whatever I had.

So, I’ve learned my lesson the hard way. A woman at work (who is now at home with pneumonia) came in all last week though she quite obviously should have been in bed. Now most of us in the office are coughing and sneezing. If you’re contagious, and can work from home, then work from home. If your kids won’t go hungry or you won’t default on your mortgage if you call in sick when you’re under the weather, then call in sick.


At 2:43 PM, Blogger Rich Rosenthal II said...

When I was in grade school there were some people who had perfect attendance every year because their parents would send em to school no matter how sick they were. The teachers hated them.

At 2:20 AM, Blogger Amelia said...

I know what you mean Trillian, the same thing happens at schools. One child gets sick and then slowly but surely the whole class falls ill.

Mind you, a lot of illnesses are contagious before you even realise you are sick. I suppose some illness is good to build up the immune system.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Trillian said...

It's so true. I've had the sniffles and bit of a cough this week due to germs floating around here, but my body seems to be fighting it off, so I'm pleased.

My daughter's daycare is currently passing around impetigo. Gotta love that!

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Wheelson said...

For four years I took the bus to work every day. Talk about germs. Nasty coughing was constant, and during the winter when it rained...the bus was like a giant germ sauna...totally gross. I made the best of it though by thinking it was giving my immune system a workout.

However, I'm also all for the "dude, your snot is driving me crazy...go home" opinion.


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