I woke up Sunday morning with an extremely sore throat, body ache and a headache. I’ve haven’t really been feeling great all week. Last Monday I was chilly all day in the house. My wife says this should have been the first clue that I should have started taking something like Airborne right then. But of course, I didn’t. I typically just reject the reality that I’m not feeling well and power through. But today, that just wasn’t going to happen.
I had plans for today to wrap up a few things that last week’s schedule simply couldn’t fit. Since I wasn’t feeling well, I put that off all morning and then hopped on a call at my desk to discuss two projects with my partner. We were only on the call for maybe 30 minutes, but by the time it was over, every ounce of energy was zapped from my body. I went back downstairs and hung out on the couch, alternating between watching Archer and nodding off.
But I have things to do
I loaded up on some meds and orange juice. I then wrote up one of the quotes I needed, but the other sits incomplete. I simply can not focus on it long enough to work through the details. It’s a very weird feeling.
I don’t get sick very often. But when I do, my wife will tell you, it usually kicks my ass. I pretty much become useless. But instead of just unplugging and really getting some rest, I still try to get things done. Not only is this not productive, it probably isn’t healthy.
Here’s my promise; if I wake up tomorrow feeling like I did this morning, I will send exactly 1 email to my assistant and PM telling them that they’re in charge for the day. I’ll then shut off my laptop and phone, take more meds and go back to bed.
I don’t have time to be sick, true. But I also don’t have time to make things worse by not listening when my body when it says to take a break. I’m listening now.