I am on day 6, that’s right day 6, of what has become a horrible chest cough/throat/cold illness of some sort. Unfortunately, I had some important, non-delegable tasks at work, so I could not call in sick no matter how much I (and some of my coworkers for that matter) wish I’d able to. I highly advocate being humble and selfless and staying away from the office when you’re sick, but every now and then there are days where you’re sick and genuinely are not able to stay home. Here are my thoughts on how to best power-thru and maintain some semblance or professionalism in the process.
The most important thing to quickly get over any idea you may have that your colleagues are going to admire you for coming to work in your condition. Trust me, they are not looking up to you as a model of work ethic, they are annoyed that you think your presence is so essential that it’s worth exposing them to whatever you may have. I recommend immediately agreeing with any colleague who suggests you should’ve stayed home to hack all day and quickly explain the reason you came in.
Keep your pack of all your sick-day essentials hidden away in a desk drawer rather than visible on the desk. Make sure to have all the essentials, cough drops, cough drops with numbing liquid, vitamin c tabs for energy, tissues.
Bring a little extra make-up. Looking fresh is always a struggle for me, but the struggle multiplies exponentially when you add in sickness.
Break everything up into small, concrete goals and then conquer them one at a time. Everything is manageable in small steps.
And . . . get out of there as soon as you possibly can. I hope this misery ends soon, I am so impatient to get back to working out!
The diabetic things started out well at the beginning of the illness, but I’ve been having trouble keeping my bloodsugars out of the 200s as things have continued. I’m not sure why that is. To make matters worse, the cgm cal errored, potentially because things were starting to get a little crazy. I have to work up the resolve to put it back in again.