I have great news! I was just promoted at work and got a raise, then promptly came down with a nasty head cold that has been passed all around the office.
I thought I was in the clear. I thought, “Sweet! My good hand washing and taking care not to touch my face worked!” Until it didn’t.
I didn’t feel great Monday, Tuesday was a little worse, but by Wednesday, I wasn’t sure I could stay awake at my desk. Wednesday night into Thursday morning, I barely slept for coughing so much.
Nope. No way. There was no way I could take these drippy, runny eyes and nose, and this raging, hacking cough and pollute my work space with my nasty self.
So, what does one do when one plans on staying home from work? One calls in to work to tell them one won’t be there, right?
I called, and was promptly told that I sounded like a MAN. I know I sound terrible. I always get laryngitis when I have a cold. Always.
This is nothing new to me. However, the project manager that answered our office phone at 7:15 am had never heard me with a cold (he’s kinda new), so he thought I was a man.
This was confirmed by my best friend later in the day. As I mindlessly played the new Candy Crush Jelly Saga, my friend called and asked for me.
“Is Marie there?”
“Yes. It’s me.”
“What?!?! You sound like a man!”
“Yea. I know.”
That’s the first important thing I learned today – I sound like a man when I’m sick, so I must be careful to identify myself with my very female name early into a phone conversation.
The second important thing I learned staying home sick from work, I learned because I went to work sick yesterday.
In order to squelch the tickle in my tonsils causing me to hack uncontrollably, I took my favorite Halls Mentho-lyptus Strawberry cough drops.
I have no idea how many I consumed, but it was a lot. In 8 hours of work, it had to have been at least a dozen; probably more.
Right around lunch time today, while attempting to make up for some of the sleep I lost last night, my belly suddenly decided it was time to visit the restroom.
It was one of those moments where I quickly, but careful made my way to the toilet, hoping all along the way that I would not pass gas. It would probably have resulted in me needing to change clothes.
I know, TMI, but deal with it. My first thought was, “What did I eat that gave me THIS problem?” I wracked my brain, going over everything I’d eaten and couldn’t put my finger on it.
Then, inspiration struck! Oh my word, I wonder if it was the cough drops!
Sure enough, if you Google search “What are the side effects of consuming too many Halls cough drops,” you’ll find out just how disruptive too many can be.
Thank goodness I was home sick, and in case you were wondering, I haven’t had a single cough drop today. Whew!
Those are the two really important things I learned today – When I’m sick, I sound like a man, and too many Halls cough drops will give you the trots.
I guess it’s true that we learn something new every day.
Proverbs 1:7 (ESV)
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:5 (ESV)
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance…
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