I'm still recovering from my bout with the flu, and today I am grumpy. Very grumpy in fact. I had a major sleepless night recently because I couldn't stop coughing. Earlier today I got a phone call from the state health department, because I tested positive for Type A flu. They have to collect information to report to the CDC. So they got information from me, but what about the person who I got this from??? Not only do I feel like crap, but I'm not very happy about the monetary expense involved with this whole ordeal. I dread getting the bills from the hospital because I swear they did every test known to man.
This brings me to a VERY sore subject. People who are sick who choose to continue about their business, infecting the rest of us. Before you go all "well, there are shots for some of that" on me, that isn't an option. The majority of vaccinations are in an egg base and I am HIGHLY allergic to eggs. We're not just talking a tummy ache or a rash here, we're talking full out, anaphylactic reaction. So it's not possible. As a result, I've had to get everything the hard way, including all of the childhood illnesses. Grrr... Let me just tell you that having chicken pox when you are 39 isn't much fun and horribly dangerous. Thanks so much for whoever passed that one on.
Yes, I realize that some people don't have sick time where they work, and have to go to work or fear for losing their jobs. That is just awful and something that needs to be addressed. But what about people who just flat out refuse to admit they are sick or that they are too "important" to their job to take the day off? STAY HOME!
I used to work with a woman who came to work sick every time you turned around. Inevitably it would result in me getting it and I would miss a couple of days of work. I wasn't sorry when she finally left. When I had the aforementioned chicken pox, I couldn't believe the number of people who thought it was ridiculous that I didn't go out in public. Excuse me??? As I said to several people, how would I feel if I accidentally exposed a pregnant woman who also couldn't have the vaccine to it and she ended up not only getting them from me, but ended up giving birth to a child with birth defects because of it?
I've never forgotten an incident at one of my first jobs. A woman who worked in the same department as I did came to work with a dreadful sore throat. She thought it was no big deal. Glad she did because it was a big deal, I ended up with strep throat and missed 3 days of work as a result. Thanks a lot. I had no sick time at this job and ended up having to borrow money from a family member so that I could pay my car payment. The kicker of it is this woman had no financial obligations to speak of, she could have easily taken the day or two off necessary for her to recover, but instead, I ended up paying the price, both health-wise and moneywise. It shouldn't have been that way.
So, in short, if you are sick or starting to get sick and it's not going to break the bank, STAY HOME! Think about others who you may be exposing to whatever germ it is you are incubating. You don't know if they may have underlying health issues that could make what seems like no big deal to you a serious health threat. Right about now I'd like to get my hands on the guy who was on the plane with us, hacking his head off and choke him to death. Or send him a bill...