It’s rare for me, and I’ve been in denial, but I have to admit that today I have a full blown cold. As I type this I’ve given up on blowing my red, raw nose- instead I’m letting the germ-laden drippings just fall out. I totally disgust myself, so you have my nodding agreement if you just thought, “EEWWW, he’s so gross!!” I am. Very, very, gross.
This is the kind of day that sick days were made for. The days where you don’t feel so bad that you absolutely have to stay in bed, but
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1) you don’t want to infect your co-workers
2) you sure could use a little down time to recover
Unfortunately, as all parents know, this job does not have a “sick day” benefit plan. In fact, I don’t even get to come in an hour or two late in the morning.
Also, in the back of my mind, I am concerned that I WILL somehow infect my “co-worker” (my two year old) or that she also picked this thing up where ever I did. The old adage that misery loves company just isn’t true when your “company” is a toddler.
So I plow on, just like my mom did for me- reading “No, No, Titus” for the 25th time, animal sounds and all (you should hear my congested cow), and trying to keep up as well as I can.
My daughter has decided to help the best she can- lots of kisses, hugs, and “I sorry you not feel well, daddy- I love you”s
Ahh yes. I may not get terrific sick time benefits in this job, but I tell you, the pay is awesome and I absolutely adore the folks I work with.
Oh, and I just figured out how to stop the foul nasal drippings with the simple application of a tissue directly to my nasal passages. I kind of look like the walrus. goo goo g'joob