Called in sick today...

Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by Bowser, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

    Caught a cold over the weekend from either my wife or son. I managed work yesterday but decided to rest up today. It's around 3:00 PM and I'm feeling rather well now, with the exception of just a hint of the virus. Illness just seems to pass through me, whereas my wife will fight with a cold for many days before throwing it off her shoulders.

    How about you? Is illness a mere annoyance or does it drop you?
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  3. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

    Last time I was bed-ridden was... 25 years ago, if I recall. Caught flu big time. Head pounding like being stuck in a violent cartoon with someone clanging the side of my head with a hammer. Body ached all over. Not pleasant.
    Since then I have gotten colds, sore throats, dodgy stomachs etc, but nothing that would cause me to take time off work.
    Although I am in an enviable position of being able to work from home when the need arises, so while not technically at my usual place of work, I would still be working.

    So I'd have to say that it's a mere annoyance rather than anything more serious.
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  5. Kittamaru Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Adieu, Sciforums. Valued Senior Member

    Depends - if I'm sick with something contagious, I will attempt to stay home until at least the transmission period is over (no use making the REST of the office sick as well!)


    I wish more people did this (my office sounds like a damn house of death right now with so many people coughing and sneezing constantly)
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  7. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

    I haven't had a cold or the flu in years. I get the flu shots though, and avoid crowded public places as much as possible during the winter months. Got gastroenteritis last year due to contamination of a 'free sampler' at a grocery store, kept me on the couch and in bed for 6 days. Lost 1 pound a day doing nothing, including eating. :barf:

    Most infections I can toss off due to my robust physical condition and a large dose of (fearful) preventive measures. Wish I could do that with this bit of acinar adenocarcinoma, but I remain optimistic on that.

    At any rate, there was an episode of Myth Busters about not spreading a contagion even when it is sloppy and nasty and you are in close contact with other people. The primary responsibility is on the sick person to contain their micro-organisms and avoid contamination of surfaces, but complete non-transmission is actually pretty straightforward and achievable.

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  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    I get colds twice a year, spring and fall.

    When I get sick I don't do it in half-measures. Two Christmas' ago I spent three weeks in intensive care with a firehose in my femoral artery, after puking up several gallons of blood.

    But that's another story.

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  9. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    I had the flu in 1978 an missed some work days but i never took off due to havin a cold. I average about 1 cold per year... but for about the last 15 years ive used zicam zinc an 93.3% of my colds have been much shorter an less severe.!!!
  10. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

    I haven't been sick in a long time. I used to come down with something from time to time, and up until a few years ago, I'd catch an occasional mild cold (nothing that would lay me up), but since then, not even that. Even when my wife caught a bad flu last year, (the strain that even the flu shots weren't any good for) that knocked her pretty flat for better than a week, I only got a scratchy throat for a day.

    On the other hand, with my wife's sister, her husband and kids, if a virus looks at them squinty-eyed from across the room, they're down for the count.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
  11. deepslate Registered Member

    Flu almost hit me but I took hot lemon with honey 4x a day along with a pain reliever. Lemon and honey are the best combi whenever you're down with flu/cough/cold.

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