I went to bed early last night because I had a bit of a sore throat. I assumed it was because of the shouting I’d done while I was out the night before.
Unfortunately, it seems I’ve caught a cold – less than a week before I’m scheduled to fly to San Juan. Excellent.
I was considering calling in this morning, but my boss was on leave. Rather than just using the necessary channels to ask my boss’s boss, I went in anyway, then proceeded to sit around for five hours accomplishing next to nothing. I was drained of energy, was going through bottles of water like nobody’s business, and couldn’t concentrate for more than five seconds.
Eventually, I called it, and went to me (extremely reasonable) boss’s boss. She said that of course I could go home, and to let her know if I couldn’t make it in tomorrow. I laughed and said I should be fine – I’m not so sure now. Unfortunately, it seems like it’s going to get worse before it gets better. In all likelihood, I’ll be over this cold by the time I actually travel, but there are a few things that make this rubbish timing.
- It’s prep week. We need to pack – this is the longest holiday we’ve had in a while, and the first time we’ve taken a checked bag in a couple of years. There are a lot of things for us to go and buy, and to pack – and I have zero energy to do so.
- As I’m away for the week next week, my intention was to use this week to do my work in advance so it’s covered. It looks like that’s going to be difficult.
- If anything’s going to make me relapse while I’m still weak, it’s an 8-hour plane journey and sleep deprivation.
I’m trying my best to get over this as quickly as I can – I’ve done some yoga just to get my muscles working, and I’m making sure to drink plenty of water to hopefully flush it out. I might call out sick again tomorrow to make sure I have enough rest to recover before I go – fortunately I’ll be able to work from home.
It can be frustrating though, because it’s really put a dampener on what was overall a good night out. I saw some friends I hadn’t seen in a while, and felt pretty good the whole time. I even avoided a hangover, which is always a bonus. However it seems that I tend to catch colds a lot of the time after going out – I wouldn’t be surprised that my immune system isn’t really up to scratch.
I don’t get ill a lot, but if I do things that tend to make people ill, it’s me that gets it. After flights, or being on the London underground for instance, I’m likely get some sort of lergy a couple of days later. In any case, I just need to deal with it, rest, and hope for the best. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow!