Sneeze into the sleeve – don’t let the coworkers see the snot fly. Try to look alert while someone drones on and on about things that don’t matter as your brain struggles to keep up. Keep the cheer in the voice and try not to sniff too much on the other end of the phone. Let your eyes water up occasionally so you can keep staring at the computer screen. Try and decide whether being sick is enough to justify using your sick time… or if workplace theater demands your attendance until your illness becomes life-threatening.
Four airplanes, a family reunion full of kids, airports, hotels, and handshakes. Think about the weekend and where it came from – then realize it doesn’t really matter. What you really have to do is decide what to do about it.
So far, I have chosen to fight my illness by playing Battle of Wesnoth and watching mindless television. It probably won’t help me get better, but I don’t have energy for anything else. I’m debating whether I can make it all the way up the stairs to go to sleep, or if I should just close my eyes and give up now.