Freaking Out When Others Are Sick
That's what we're up against.
When I moved departments in my office, I warned my boss that when I get sick, I'm sick for 3 to 4 times LONGER than most people and my symptoms are usually worse. Plus I get symptomatic, so my dysautonomia symptoms kick into high gear and it's hard for me to function. I can work, but I need to work from home when that happens.
The worst part for me is working in an open office environment where germs are in abundance and I can't just hide in an office. I'm around people coughing and sneezing all day long. I freak out a little bit when when my coworker asks for Tums because I don't want the stomach flu. I have a full on anxiety attack when I learn of a coworker with the stomach flu and I start to analyze my contact with this person over the last few days.
Yes, it freaks me out. Yes, it causes me anxiety.
So, as a PSA, please stay home when you're ill. Don't go grocery shopping. Don't go to the gym. Please, for the love of g-d, DON'T go into the office. Keep your germs to yourself. Save me, and others like me, from a month-long illness that often leaves us debilitated and on more medication than we really want to be on.