Yesterday I started to show flu symptoms from one minute to the next. My body was aching and feeling heated up, then cold again, headaches, and a sore throat. While it came abruptly, it did not really interrupt work on that day. I did not feel good, but I decided to work through that as this is what I do for a living.
In situations like these, I wish that I'm not the emperor of my little online realm, but someone working a regular job. If that would be the case, I'd probably call in sick, spend the day in bed and get back to work as soon as the flu is gone.
Things got worse the night, I started to have fever, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, a general weakness and the worst hot and cold body temperature changes of my life.
My grandma died about a week ago and I needed to attend the funeral today no matter what. I also had to work on my sites, respond to emails, post a couple of articles, and be there for emergencies.
Even without the funeral, I knew that I had a tough day ahead. I knew that fever usually meant that staying home was the best option, but for the most part of the day, I was at home as I work from there. So, exposing co-workers was not an issue. That's obviously a major concern, and if you are contagious, you should stay at home to avoid spreading the flu at work or among clients you are in contact with that day.
I'm not a fan of pills and medicine in general, and refuse to take them unless instructed by a doctor to do so. The only exception that I make is when I have headaches. I use Aspirin to get rid of it, usually either by going to bed right after taking it, or showering which also seems to get rid of headaches most of the time.
So, what I'm doing today is the following to get work done.
- I drink a lot.
- I'm using a hot-water bag all the time.
- I rest whenever needed, yes, this can mean sleeping for an hour or two.
- I try to work whenever the situation improves slightly. I listen to my body and start to work whenever it is possible. This sometimes means interrupting work, going to bed, or taking a bath, before returning to work to continue where I left off.
This usually works pretty well for me, and I made it past the first half of the day.
Please note that this should not be taken as medical advice. This is how I continue to work when I'm sick, and what works for me, may not work for you.
I'm interesting in what you do when you are down with influenza. Do you work? Use a miracle medicine or a trick grandma taught you to get by? Let me know in the comments.