No One Can Tell that You’re Sick

“… and then there’s you. You’re a trooper with your disease. No one can tell that you’re sick, you handle it so well,” said my colleague in a random conversation.

When I started working at the company that I do now, I living with a condition that I didn’t know I had and it was slowly trying to kill me. I started my job in the middle of July and by early August, I was in full-on, vomiting, blurry vision, unquenchable thirst, exhausted, DKA. That was nearly five years ago.

Five years ago, I would say that I was sick. Really sick. Today, I don’t really consider myself sick, except for if I catch the occasional cold or flu. Once I got the diagnosis and treatment I needed, I stopped considering myself to be sick. Continue reading

Stay Home

It’s common sense and good manners to stay home when you are sick (or keep your child home)… cold, flu, stomach bug, etc. A lot of people choose to “power through” or “tough it out” and go to work, attend school or make an appearance at a social/family gathering. But I beg you, please don’t do it. 

Just stay home.

Not only is staying home better for your recovery, it helps stop whatever you’ve got from spreading. It can also keep others out of the hospital. What gets me all riled up is that people will go places with “just a little cold” or “a touch of the flu” and expose people like me (i.e. those with broken immune systems) to potentially life-threatening illnesses.

That’s right, your little illness can harm others. Continue reading