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11th-May-2009 08:00 am
awkwardness, incapacitated
One of the things I hate most about being sick on a workday is the inevitable wrestling match between my Puritan work ethic* and my common sense about whether to call in sick...

Common sense: Last night I was feverish, achy, had terrible stomach cramps, didn't sleep much, and when I did it was all occupied by complicated dreams of being part of a resistance movement fighting a giant world-spanning super-computer dictator. What part of this makes me think, "Gee, it would be a great idea to go to work today?"

Puritan work ethic: Well, you're much less feverish and achy this morning. And you haven't actually, you know, barfed or anything.

Common sense: I'm sure my coworkers will find that great consolation if I go in and barf on them.

Puritan work ethic: You're just being a big baby.

Common sense: Oh, now we're down to the name calling? Look, I have no urgent meetings or looming deadlines today. Doesn't it make sense for me to stay home and rest rather than dragging myself through a minimally productive day? Tomorrow I'll be refreshed and rested, and can work twice as hard.

Puritan work ethic (visibly salivating at the 'work twice as hard'): Well....all right. But don't you think I'm letting me get away with this kind of thing every time I have the sniffles.

Now, having sent the email that I wouldn't be in to work today and subdued my Puritan work ethic, I'm going to go back to bed.

* Yeah, I know. I was raised in New England, maybe that's where I get it from.
11th-May-2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
You should stay home and write those dreams into a story! It's like working, but without the part where you get your coworkers sick.
11th-May-2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh boy. I know that feeling sometimes...
12th-May-2009 12:51 am (UTC)
My problem isn't calling in sick, it's convincing myself that just because I'm home doesn't mean I'm able to do all those chores I think I ought to be doing... even if I can't stand up straight.
12th-May-2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
I recognize that internal dialoge! And I don't have the excuse that I was raised in New England ;-)

Hope you're feeling better!
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