I have an tendency to catch colds frequently, so it came as no surprise to me when I started coming down with something a few Tuesdays ago. I wasn’t running a fever, so I figured it was just a case of the sniffles that would go away after a few days.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. The bug hung around, and by Thursday I was feeling pretty crappy. Not crappy enough to stay home from work, mind you, but certainly lousy enough to get the attention of my coworkers. Sharing the same floor with former and current healthcare providers means I can’t be sick at work. Coming in sick means getting no end of grief about how I should see a doctor, and questions about why am I at work instead of at home.
All that badgering usually results in me seeing a doctor and taking a day or two off from work. This most recent bout was spiced up by the hype over the swine flu. As I had been near the Mexican border recently for a family get-together, I figured that I should see the doctor and ensure I wouldn’t become San Antonio’s Patient Zero.
I had a feeling this visit was going to be extra fun when I shared the elevator ride with one of the nurses, and she made mention that they were all wearing masks at the doctor’s office. I signed in at the doctor’s office, and was given a mask since I had flu-like symptoms. It was a little uncomfortable, and started to smell kind of funky after a few sneezes and coughs, but hey, it was for the public good, so I rolled with it.
While waiting for the doctor, I got bored enough to snap a few pictures of myself with my cell phone camera, and was informed by the doctor that I had a sinus infection, and that I should take a few days off from work. I was mildly disappointed, but I quickly got over that feeling as I spent the next few days hacking and coughing my guts out at home in bed. Them’s the breaks, I guess!