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Am I Contagious?

Author: KaDeana Roland    Posted: August 13, 2015

Am I Contagious?

This is always the question at our office when someone isn’t feeling 100%. I found a great little chart from Healthline.  It contains great info on when to stay home. It’s going to be especially useful for my family and I hope it is for yours, too.

I live in a household with 4 teenagers, my husband, and a dog. We’ve been in the process of moving and in the midst of all the chaos, we lost a beloved family member; our Shih Tzu Roxy (15 years old). Add to that the uncommon heat wave in the Pacific Northwest and keeping of everyone’s work schedules, we were bound to become emotionally and physically run-down and someone was going to get sick!  I think it was just unavoidable.

After a weekend of painting the new place, I received a call Sunday from my kids stating that one is sick, one has allergy issues, one has a mosquito bite and a bee sting, and one broke her toe; all while my husband was in the middle of trying to cook dinner.  It was a mess.  I went to the drugstore and $75.00 later, I finally made it home with everyone’s requests.   I needed everyone to get healthy!  We still have more moving to do the next weekend!  We don’t have time for this!

Typically, I don’t get sick.  I don’t allow myself to feel sick or acknowledge when I am sick.  But last night we had a rain storm and I couldn’t tell if this was allergy issues or the onset of something greater.  I took some extra vitamin C and headed to bed.  This morning I woke up not feeling great!  Grrrr!  Knowing that flu season is just around the corner does not make me a happy camper.  Again, I don’t get sick but I have one daughter that will catch anything.   We always get her a flu shot!

Luckily, I only get sick about once every 5-7 years.  I was sick last year so I am good to go this year!  Yes, I am one of those people who go to work anyway.  I know what you are thinking.  Stay home!  Don’t spread your germs with the rest of us! Rapport even has a policy requiring us to stay home that I know I should follow more closely… And I’m sure I’ve probably thought that about others if I am honest.  Here’s a question you should ask before you get sick.  Can you work from home?  — Is that an option?  Does your job offer flex time?  Is there a spare office or conference room you can work in alone –so you don’t spread your germs?

Personally, I will continue to take my vitamin C, eat my apple a day and take the stairs as often as possible!  I wish you the best health during the approaching flu season!

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