When you’re sick and have to work


It’s been a strange week. I’ve been uncharacteristically unmotivated. Even an associate commented on the phone the other day that I sounded tired. I said, “no, I’m fine.”


My computer keeps crashing. There’s a lot of stress at work. Sometimes I get as tired of the struggle as anyone else. Maybe I was just emotionally tired?


Yesterday, a call came in. Our other assistant manager has pneumonia. Now that’s on top of the stress of a pending corporate visit early next week. Which is another whole can of worms, let me tell you.


The last time I had pneumonia, I gave it to both of my grandparents and my sister. She took it home to Connecticut and gave it to her family. My grandparents were both hospitalized. My grandfather died. So I take this very seriously.


Hmmm, I wonder if that’s why I thought of them earlier this week. Was my subconscious trying to tell me something?


It was one of those situations where I had to be there. My sister was having surgery and I was the one taking her in. She was staying at my grandparent’s house. I knew I was sick, but I didn’t know that it was pneumonia. No hugs, no kisses, I’m in and out. By that night, I was bedridden.


And because I’ve had pneumonia a couple of times, I guess I’m more susceptible to it.


But here’s the real problem –


Pneumonia is highly contagious – and we work in retail.


With the other assistant out, the rest of us will have to cover her hours. Everyone will get more run down.


The store has been really cold, so our systems are compromised already.


On top of that, our staff has been covering another sister store where they never seem to have enough people willing to work. So we can infect 2 stores.


Not to mention all of the people we come in contact with.


OK, maybe a little alarmist, but I know first hand how this can affect people.


Last night, out of the blue – I got a stiff neck. As soon as I got home, I started preventative attack. Take vitamins, drink orange juice, baking soda mouth rinse, hot shower, sleep.


This morning, I had that little interior chill. You know, where you feel cold inside your body rather than outside? I know I have the virus, but can I beat it?


And again, it’s one of those situations where I can’t stay home. There is no one else to work. What do you do? Close the store? I’m scheduled to close tonight, and then open tomorrow and work at least 10 hours. Not good.


I’m going on Vitamin C every 4 hours, and lots of fruits and vegetables and orange juice, and green tea. I will dress warmly. Fortunately, I won’t look too weird. We’re having a sweater sale and we’re supposed to wear sweaters anyway. I’d better stock up on chicken soup too.


I’ve already called my friend who gave her kidney to her husband and told her she is not allowed to come here.


I know even if I lose the battle, I will survive it. I hate that I have to put others at risk. Even if I don’t fully come down with it, I’m a carrier. It really stinks. I don’t know what else I can do.


Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best… We’ll see how well my healthy eating theories hold up under this challenge!


Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it all comes out.




P.S. Antibiotics won’t help – even though that’s the first thing most doctors will do. It’s a viral infection.




3 thoughts on “When you’re sick and have to work

  1. Julie F.

    Carole, take care of yourself! Get your rest when you can, continue to take your viatimins and eat healty. Please let us know how you are. Gotta love how doctors are so quick to whip out that scrip pad, don’t you? Please get better soon.

  2. Jennie

    Hi Carole, we’ve been using Aqua-sil for about 4 or 5 years now and can testify to how well it works to avoid catching colds and viruses etc, or drastically reducing the severity and length of them. It’s a combination of silver and food grade hydrogen peroxide. This one is made here in Melbourne, Australia, but I’m sure there are other brands available containing both of these….and it’s quite cheap. My husband is loathe to take anything, but he swears by this. The other thing to keep in mind is that mineral deficiency is the root of all disease, and because the soil is so depleted of minerals now, fruit and veg don’t contain the number and amount of minerals we need, making a full spectrum of minerals (70+ plant-derived – not metallic) vital to health and wellbeing. By the way, I don’t think you are being alarmist, just realistic – germs spread like wildfire!

  3. Carole Post author

    Hi Julie!

    Thanks so much for your well wishes. I’m going to write an update right now.

    Hi Jennie,

    It’s absolutely true that you need to supplement even a healthy diet with a good vitamin/mineral supplement – which I believe you happen to sell one, don’t you? 😉

    And it’s true that food grad hydrogen peroxide is great for killing germs, and a healthy mouth. The silver is still a bit controversial, and I don’t like recommending something that I’m not 100% sure about.

    for this particular challenge, I wanted to see if my body was strong enough to fight this off without resorting to anything unusual. See the update to see what happened.

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