Perhaps this musing is a bit overly dramatic, but I can’t think of any other way to phrase what I’m feeling at the moment. I’ve been battling with the aftermath of the stomach bug that I picked up last week, and frankly, it hasn’t really resolved itself.
The issue I have, first and foremost, is how I came to acquire it in the first place. A coworker had been sick for a week, having picked up the GI bug from her grandkids, and never said a word to anyone and didn’t take a sick day to get well. What irritates me is that this person had no regard for any of the people around her, and willingly infected me and another colleague who took it home to her three month old grand-baby.
The person had no remorse about making me have to cancel my weekend plans, not to mention missing out on the $180 worth of tickets I spent for the beer festival and baseball game I was supposed to attend. When I called her out on it, she claimed I was hurting her feelings. Well, what about her physically hurting my body with her negligence? I guess that doesn’t count. Oh, and the non-refundable tickets? Guess those don’t either.
The second issue, is that in spite of not being able to really eat anything, my body is raging from hunger. I lost five pounds over the weekend from the illness, and while it’s nice to be skinnier, I certainly didn’t want to do it that way. I’m hungry for all kinds of stuff that I can’t eat, and thirty minutes after I eat something, I immediately feel nauseous again. It’s like constant motion sickness that I cannot control.
Finally, the energy level I had, in spite of being weened from my caffeine habit, is totally diminished. I’m absolutely a waste. I forgot to put out the garbage and recycling for pickup this morning, and I’m not getting much accomplished at work. I woke up at 3:00 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep until about 5:00. With the constant pain in my guts from either nausea or indigestion from actual food, I feel like I’ve aged twenty years.
The lesson we must learn here folks, is don’t be a hero. If you’re sick, stay home. You have no idea who you’ll also infect and frankly, some of us can ill afford it.