Liz sat across from me, barely a metre away, for three days... coughing, sniffling, blowing her nose, looking paler than Snow White and worse than Death warmed up. By the third afternoon, and fearing my immune system was being given a run for its money, I asked why she hadn't stayed home until she was better? She didn't want to use her holiday leave! As the newest member in the 20+ people strong office, I pointed out I didn't have any sick leave accrued yet and if I got sick, I wouldn't get paid.
Sickness in the office has been a focus for me ever since.
In this very moment, our small team is on the tail end of a cold that, for me, has been akin to the Hulk slamming Loki; I'd just start to feel okay... and bang! There was nothing I could do but OD on vitamin C, drink water water water, have sun baths, multiple steamy showers a day and sleep. Yet four days on I was still very ill. A doctor visit later, I had a prescription for antibiotics; sometimes you just can't do it organically.
Kofi Outlaw 2017, Image of Hulk Slamming Loki, Comicbook, 9 November, viewed 20 May 2019, <https://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/11/02/thor-ragnarok-avengers-1-2-easter-eggs-jokes/#2>.
Work from home
Whether working from home or an office, all too often we are bound by deadlines; work, study, family. No matter how much we try to slog through, the path of least resistance (at least with a cold or flu) is rest. We owe it to ourselves, colleagues, fellow commuters and clients to be at our best to avoid oversights that cost time, money and embarrassment with our clients (or losing them!) and / or accidents that end in people getting hurt.
Get ahead this cold & flu season by knowing the symptoms and boost your immune system.
Information sourced from: Health Direct 2018, Colds and flus symptoms, Australian Government, updated May, viewed 20 May 2019, <https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/colds-and-flu-symptoms>.
So what happened?
This flu... when I was too ill to sit, I laid on the couch and watched a lot of movies, thinking about filming techniques, and instead of stressing about assignments, I allowed ideas to come to me while I rested my mind.
What happened with Liz...?
She took Thursday and Friday off, but it was too late. I was sick Friday and over the weekend.
Need more information?
Health Direct is an Australian Government initiative with an A-Z of health topics, medicines, symptom checker and service finder. Click https://www.healthdirect.gov.au to find more information.
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