Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Dec 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri Roskpf PhotoIt started as a sore throat, then a stuffed-up nose and ear ache and ended up with coughing and constant blowing of the nose and sounding like a fog horn making everyone I talked to say, “Boy, you sound awful.”

Well … I feel awful.

I’m not the only one affected by this onslaught of cold/flu, my husband is too. Not too sure of the saying “misery loves company” – have to think about that one. Imagine the two of us at night coughing and hacking away, each feeling miserable and cranky. Not a pretty sight and not a pretty sound, either.

I wish I could have called in sick to work, taken a personal day and just stayed in bed, but when you are a self-employed owner of a small towing company, there are no such things as PAID personal or sick days, PAID holidays and no PAID vacation time.

It’s not that I want to spread germs by coming in to work when I’m sick. I did debate – should I or shouldn’t I go into work, but I needed to get some things done that just couldn’t wait. I took a long, hot shower and told myself to suck it up and go in.

I did have a somewhat productive day, I got almost everything done on my “to do” list which made me feel a little better. I believe, though, when you get sick, your body is telling you to slow down and take care of yourself. It’s hard though when you’re needed in so many areas of your life — work, wife, mom, volunteer — everyone needing something.

I guess it might be time to call the doctor for an appointment to see exactly what’s going on and in the meantime, I just might have to make myself a cup of hot tea with a little lemon and honey. Perhaps it might need something a bit stronger (just to help me sleep of course).