How many of us are prepared to be off work due to sickness? Do we plan it? No, not usually. Sickness often comes to us catching us completely unaware. Yet, we have one common hope and that is to get well soon!
Get Well Soon!
We all get sick from time to time. It is a part of life that we can’t prevent. Yes, we may wish we could but preventing it doesn’t always happen. This is especially true during the cold and flu season. All you need to do is add in a case of unusually cold weather and the chances of you getting sick increases dramatically. IF you let it sneak up on you…if you allow it to get the upper hand…it can send you into a proverbial tailspin!
The Common Cold/Sinus Infection
If you don’t eat right and you don’t exercise regularly (I’m speaking to me!), it doesn’t bode well for you when you attract a common cold or sinus infection. Remember the tailspin I just spoke about? Well, that’s what happens to your everyday life when sickness hits you like a ton of bricks.
Case in point…this week. I began my week with great intentions as I prepared for my week Sunday afternoon. Yet, as the afternoon faded into the evening, my feelings of goodwill to a great Monday morning quickly faded, too. By 8pm or 9pm I said, “I will go to the doctor if I am not feeling better by Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. By 6:00am, I had made a decision to be at my local Family Practice Clinic when it opened at 7:00am.
Good news….no flu! Bad news….felt like $%!#.
The Cost of Sickness
So, what are some of the things that being sick cost me? To name a few:
CoPay at Doctor’s office (thankful for insurance)
Prescription medication for three different meds.
Lost accrual of sick hours due to using some of those hours for Monday – Friday. (Two sub-notes here – 1/I am OCD and have this compulsion to keep my sick time allotment at the maxed out level and 2/I am thankful that my company offers the sick time option.)
Lost productivity throughout the week. (I am someone who takes pride in the fact that I am able to work at home and get my job done, if that need arose. Yes, I did just that but there was more bad moments than great ones this week.)
Other costs (I’m sure).
An Ounce of Prevention
I am sure that many of us have heard the phrase “an ounce of prevention” at some point. But, what does it mean and where did it start? To answer that we must first look at the entire phrase as “an ounce of prevention” is only the first part. The entire phrase is “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This phrase is accredited to Benjamin Franklin.
So, what could be an ounce of prevention to help keep you out of the Doctor’s office?
Consider the following:
Get plenty of rest.
Drink plenty of water.
Wear sufficient clothing.
Wash your hands regularly.
Get Well Soon!
What about you? Has the cold and flu season this year made an impact on you? Do you have any tips that are great ways to prevent catching a cold or helping prevent a sinus infection?
About Post Author:
I am the Human Resources Manager at MegaGate Broadband, Inc. serving in various capacities within the company since 1996. I am the Co-Social Media Director of Mississippi SHRM and the 2014-2015 Social Media Director for South Mississippi SHRM. I am a longtime fan of Doctor Who and joined the HR Blogging community with the HR to Who blog in late 2012.