I’m sorry. I hate starting posts like that but I don’t know what else to say. I have been sick. Like really sick. Like puke your brains out sick.
I generally have a very strong immune system. I chalk it up to working in health care and being exposed to germs on a daily basis. That being said there are different germs everywhere. Every time I start a new job I get a wicked cold, but after that I am good for as long as I work there. It happened when I was volunteering in Virginia. It happened when I started working in the ER, moved to Delaware, California, Pennsylvania, etc. I think it is just my immune system getting used to the different bugs. I believe in letting your immune system work. I think it is important to have it exposed every once in a while to new germs. I think it makes me stronger. That being said, I believe in the flu shot too. I think it is important to protect ourselves if it is available. I don’t believe in getting sick just to get sick. Plus, if I can protect my daughter from getting sick, I am going to do it. Nothing is worse than seeing your little one suffer.
Last week I was in training for work. I started to feel sick on Thursday while I was eating breakfast, but I chalked it up to funky granola. I didn’t eat much Thursday or Friday.
Saturday I started with the vomiting but was able to make it in to work. I only had to do 8 hours so I thought I could power through it. I had chills and couldn’t warm up. At one point I was so cold I had 5 blankets on me and my feet were still freezing. I had body aches and a headache and general fatigue. Matt had the nerve at one point to ask if I thought it was all in my head. Serves him right he came down with it on Saturday night but was feeling better by Sunday night. Jerk.
Sunday I just couldn’t manage. I had to call in. I had to use some of my precious sick time when I was actually sick. It was coming out of both ends and I couldn’t imagine functioning at work like that. Not to mention I’m pretty sure my co-workers would not want to be around me.
I spent 6 hours on Monday in the hospital getting fluids and anti-nausea medication. I vomited 3 times while I was waiting in the waiting room. It took them 3 hours to get me back to be seen and I’m sure it’s going to cost an arm and a leg. I think you should get a discount for every hour you are waiting to be seen. Take $100 off for every hour you are waiting.
Tuesday I was feeling better and then blam-o. Hello head cold. I laid down to take a nap with J and woke up at one point with my tongue so dry it literally felt like a leather patch in my mouth. YUCK! Last night I was having hot flashes, which never happens. I was so hot at one point I had all the blankets off me. Then I woke up at another point and was chilled. It was amazing to snuggle up under the blankets only to wake up sweating what felt like moments later.
I honestly was worried about coming in to work today. My head feels like it is full of wet cotton balls. It’s horrible. My nose is running like a faucet. I feel like a little kid because I have to keep wiping my nose. Dad had to come get J today so I could lay down and take nap before work. I felt better after the nap and puking up breakfast. Fun. I am still chilled and would probably sell an arm for a heated blanket at this point. My co-worker said I looked like a cat that was just given a bath. I’m not sure how I feel about that… but I take it that it means I look bad. LOL!
Hopefully this all goes away soon and I can get back to my regularly scheduled life.
Anyone else sick?! I hear this is going around so it makes me feel better that I am not the only one sick. If you’re sick, I hope you feel better. If you aren’t sick, I hope you don’t get this. It is honestly the sickest I have been in a LONG time.