Monday, January 14, 2013

Everyone is Sick and it’s Getting Terrifying


[Linking up with yeahwrite! Also linking up with dudewrite this week, because it's for the dudettes! I had a hard time picking between this and my looper review, because I don't know what's manly.]

Sooooo…in case you’ve been living under a rock, we’re having a slight flu problem in the US.



Anyway, no one I interact with regularly has gotten the flu yet, thank goodness. However, a nasty cold has been going around the office.

This is what a typical day in the office is like for me (and Boyfriend, because he’s in the same office):




Phones are disgusting. Fact.


Sick coworkers are everywhere!




Luckily, we’ve both managed to escape getting sick.

  
Or so I thought.




I'd like to think of it as a noble sacrifice.


How are you all faring this season?

67 comments:

  1. Knock on wood my family has all managed to stay healthy, but over the holidays I was really happy that I don't know a soul in my twitter feed in real life.

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  2. I hate when people go to work sick! I work in healthcare, so they frown on it more than in other workplaces, because our patients could get sick, but people still do it. I take a ton of vitamins C & D during the winter to ward things off! I did get sick over Christmas, but it wasn't too severe, thank God. I hope you don't get anything from Boyfriend!

    ps. have you heard about Dude Write? They are having ladies week this week starting on Thursday. Check my blog...I think it would be awesome if you particpiated!

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  3. Dr appointment at 10:30 today...ignoring was going okay until the rattling lungs started last night! Stay away from the green side Gia!

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  4. EVERYONE IS SICK! You're right. It started in my office right before Christmas and no one was safe. There was one lady who didn't get sick so all of us Lepers combined our efforts and licked her phone, coughed on her mouse, sweat on her keyboard. She shall not escape our germs! No flu, though. In my office, people go to work sick because we're not given an alternative. Vacation time and sick time is commingled so there's no motivation to stay home sick because you'd just be eating up vacation time. Sadistic, no?

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  5. I hope you don't get it! (Boyfriend's cold or the flu).

    The flu shot is 60% effective this year and the 40% that get it have much milder cases. Part of the issue is that so many people don't get the shot!

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    1. There are also a few other non-flu viruses going around, and knocking people on their butts. Really bad colds that lead to sinus and lung nastiness. It's the year of the virus!

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  6. I got it, and it's very slowly going away. There was one day the office sounded like a TB ward.

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  7. You're so going to get the lergy off boyfriend lol. What I do when everyone around me is sick is start sanitising my hands like a madwoman, and taking preemptive cold and flu tablets so my body is geared up to beat the life out of anything that tries to make me sick

    Works a treat x

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  8. Wait, there's a flu epidemic? When did this happen? ...asked the guy who hasn't left his house in 8 days.

    Ah, the perks of being a reclusive writer, amirite?

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  9. Ugh. I had the flu. Knocked me on my ass for almost a week. Do everything you can to stay away from it, Gia! Have you gotten a flu shot yet? Might wanna look into it . . . if you can find any. Stay well!

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  10. I was scared straight by Cuomo declaring a flu emergency that I actually got a flu shot yesterday.

    I'm convinced I'll still get sick, and I have a nagging dry cough so... consumption, right?

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  11. Yep, I got that nasty cold, it was no fun. Now my husband has it. I figure we'll pass it back and forth for the next month or so, fun times.

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  12. Yes, people are sick. My intern called me last night with no voice, after just one week on the job. All the kids are coughing and sneezing and just gooey and gross. In my hospital, if you didn't get a flu shot you have to wear a mask until the epidemic is over. So far, I'm holding off the zombie germs...good luck to you! Stay strong!

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  13. I thought I had a cold at first too... then it morphed into a chest cold, which morphed into a fever, then back to a chest cold. Then I spent this weekend cleaning diarrhea off my floors because my kid's asshole hurts and she won't keep on a diaper. Seriously, cuddling is overrated. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.

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  14. I am still trying to shake the cold that's been hanging on me since the week between Xmas and NYE. Damn people everywhere spreading germs!!!

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  15. I have avoided the onslaught of germs and viruses so far (knock knock) but I've also had the privilege of staying home all this month. I go back to work in a week - I think I'll wear bubble wrap laced in germ-x and lysol.

    Here's to staying flu-free!

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  16. The girls and I have been sick off and on since before Christmas. I'm sooo done! Ash is home again today with a low grade fever and sore throat. We've wasted a ton of money for the doctor to keep telling us that it is just a different virus every time and that they can't prescribe anything. Ugh!

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  17. Hahaha! I love the different faces you make when confronted with grossness in the office. I got a flu shot. Hoping it keeps me from catching the nasties.

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  18. I hope for your sake that your man isn't a baby when he's sick. Mine is. He actually said that it made him feel better if he MOANED! I left the house for a few days after that statement.
    The flu is alive and thriving in Dallas.

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  19. I haven't gotten sick... yet (furiously knocking wood)

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  20. I'm not sick, but I went in for a routine doctor's appointment last week. One medical assistant was coughing her brains out; the other one was sniffling constantly. And I was trapped between them in a small room.

    Love,
    Janie

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  21. It's going around in my classroom too. So far, four of my six students have been sick. I'm ok as of how. I'm knocking on wood so hard that I've got splinters in my knuckles.

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  22. We all had it and stayed the fuck at home. No need adding to the plague epidemic

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  23. My previous office was a breeding ground for the flu. Ppl took turns and became sick.
    Oh well. Now unemployed and i got the flu too. Its annoying and the cold weather is not helping.
    Hope boyfriend gets well soon.

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  24. Excellent! I'm an elderly disabled dude who has been sick for over 3 weeks with what my doc says is the flu -- even though I had a flu shot over 6 weeks ago.

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  25. So far, so good. But I teach 3 year olds who don't know how to use tissues, so the future doesn't bode well.

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  26. lol you never fail to make me laugh Gia! lol

    More seriously though, I'm not in the US but I think the bug has some how caught me, my throat has been feeling horrible lately. :(

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  27. I HATE when I hear people in the offices around me hacking and coughing. It so awful. Just stay home and keep your germs away from the rest of us!

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  28. For me it's school--my daughter is the petrie dish who brings all of the disease home to the rest of us. Share and share alike, that's our motto!

    No flu yet--hopefully we can avoid it. My OCD handwashing helps, I hope.

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  29. OMG everyone in my office is sick. I am downing Vitamin C like it is no ones business. Why do they just not stay home!!! Love this!

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  30. Best love note I ever got was from the Pediatrician saying, "It looks like the strain of flu vaccine we got was the RIGHT one for the season."

    Usually 3 kids swapping germs makes for a very bad winter. This year, we've avoided that horribleness that everyone else is going through! (knock knock knock)

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  31. I have heard of so many sick this winter. Especially over the Holidays. Wash your hands lots and hope for the best. That's what I do.

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  32. Doing fine so far. . . (currently knocking on wood). . . hope it passes soon before you get worse, and before I get it!

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  33. we've been skating along with colds over here... compared to what i hear, we'll take it!

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  34. I used to work with the grossest guy. He was gross all the time, but when he was sick he was one giant ball of every disgusting thing rolled into one. He thought nothing of using other people's phones when he was sick. He would march into your office and before you could stop him he would pick it up and cough and sneeze all over it.

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  35. It's spreading over here in Canada too. Luckily I've escaped so far.

    Or maybe I'm sick and I don't know it because I'm too sleep deprived to tell.

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  36. My office requires a doctor's note to be out even for one day, so everyone in my office has the same cold now. It's a fun time...

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  37. I'm counting on hand-washing and vodka. Alcohol kills stuff, right?

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  38. Is Boyfriend a good patient? Because I'll take two sick kids over one sick husband any day. Crap! I hope I didn't just jinx myself.

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  39. Urgh I hate people who come into work when they're sick - keep your germs and swollen tonsils to yourself xx

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  40. Oh no, I hope you avoid it. I teach 7th graders, and they're sneezing and coughing all the time without covering well. Ugh, I hate flu season. Knock wood.

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  41. When someone sneezes and sniffles close it me I kinda panic. Loved your "noble sacrifice"!

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  42. We've escaped so far but no thanks to my crappy mommyness. The boys just got flu shots last week so they have been unprotected most of the season.

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  43. Tee hee hee... I finally got my flu shot last Friday. Started feeling like absolute crap last night. Better not be too little, too late.

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  44. Yes. The whole damn world seems to be sick this year. I have had some MAJOR allergies (along with half of Texas0 so half the office has the flu and the other half is walking around, sniffling, going *nasally voice* "iz jus allegeez" Imma need a spreadsheet or some shit to keep track of who's allowed in my space!

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  45. Seriously, it's an epidemic. I am glad I don't have an office, but my children are petri dishes. Fact. As always, loving your talent.

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  46. Poor boyfriend, there is no escape for him. ;)

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  47. Omg, I would spray Lysol all over him and stay away until he was better...,ur nice.

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  48. We're dealing with flu season at a friggin' preschool. I can't even type up the grossness.

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  49. Yeah sick co-workers are my life right now. I duck and cover. Wine heals all illnesses ;)

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  50. That is awesome how you made the phone and paper look radioactive. Hope Boyfriend feels better. Ellen

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  51. I must have Purelled my hands ten times at the diner today. After seeing a segment on the Today Show about avoiding germs all I could think of were the germy menu, the germy mustard bottle, the germy lemon in my drink. Where's my anti-flu bubble? ;)

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  52. Last year in the Christmas white elephant, I got a cell phone sterilizer (you know so he doesn't end up with a bunch of little bastard cell phones running around) but didn't remember I had it.

    Gotta get that out.
    WG

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  53. Ugh, I hope you don't get it. My husband and I just got over some plague we've had since before Christmas. I hope the Boyfriend gets well soon and doesn't pass it on.

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  54. I don't blame you, I'm a cuddler too. I recently got over a 3 week cough fest, so I can certainly understand your paranoia. Welcome to Dudette III challenge.

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  55. Everyone where I am has been sick but all with different versions, it's the strangest thing I've every seen.

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  56. Ugh, I hate being around people hacking! My husband has been sick for weeks and I don't want to touch anything! I'm not touching anything until March! ;-)

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  57. If only it were just the flu in England, we've got the Naro virus, otherwise known as the puking pooping bug. Luckily for me, the toilet and bathroom sink are pretty close together...

    Great post. :)

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  58. Spread the germs around, I say; it would be mean not to!

    Great cartoons!

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  59. I had really hoped that when I went from working in an office to working from home, I'd skip all the colds and flu. NOPE! Now the child brings them home from school. I need to live in a bubble. :D

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  60. We are just now being struck with "the plague". 2 out of 7 people have it right now. I'd be willing to bet that the number is bumped up to 5 by the end of this 3 day weekend, and I'm going to be SO MAD if I'm one of them! I've been washing my hands so much that the back of them are cracked and bleeding. We've got masks too, because eff that in the a.
    It almost looks like a SARS outbreak is going on in my house, and I don't care. I don't want that mess!

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  61. I've been passing out Clorox wipes regularly and I'm considering getting everyone a SARS mask. This flu is pretty gnarly! Stay healthy!

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  62. All my kids got the flu-mist, but not me or my husband. I hope we don't get it. The flu sucks. I had it like 12 years ago and couldn't lift my head off the pillow I was so weak. Loved your pics!

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  63. Nice to see you at Dude Write!

    Around Christmas time, my wife had the flu and I was all screw this, I'm not going to hide from this and stayed by her side. Then I got the flu too. At least we we're sick together. :)

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  64. I've managed to steer clear of the flu (so far) this winter. Hopefully I didn't catch anything from this post :)

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  65. Not since that weird never-ending head cold in December have I been sick. I haven't had the flu since I was 13 and I intend to keep it that way. Will I get a flu shot? Hell no!

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  66. The way to not get it is to pray, the bible warns us about these things. In Mathew it even states that if you were to walk on a bed of scorpions you would not be bitten, but you have to believe people!
    Please Wake up! The lord is still alive and well and can save you all!! The dark side doesn't want you to find your way to the lord, and all of the miraculous wonderous ways he can heal you!!
    Jesus is still the Lord of Lords!! Fight the programming, you
    do not have to believe the big lie!! Wake up!!


    Amen

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