You'd think there might be obvious advantages to working in a doctor's surgery.
Appointments at your behest, flu jabs for all your family and friends plus dogs and cats, quick ECG when you feel a bit of a palpitation, blood test when you feel a bit anaemic, consultant referrals in a nano second, diagnosis of your ailment and a prescription over coffee but of course none of this happens.We are not allowed to register with the General Practice we work with so despite knowing you could have the best doctors in the town sorting you out, you actually have to go and queue up like everyone else somewhere else.No preferential treatment for this NHS worker.
So in fact there are often more disadvantages to working in this germ and bacteria-laden environment. You tend to build up a cast iron immune system, but just occasionally draw breath through a packed spluttering and coughing waiting room and that droplet infection is yours for the asking.
So this week I am not good news.
I take the line I wish many others would in the crowded workplace wherever that may be and STAY AT HOME if at all possible.Doesn't your heart sink when the martyr walks into the office to tell you they've been up all night being sick? Or sits there dripping throughout the day with the tissues to hand?
If you need permission to be kind to yourself here's one good reason.It's now increasingly recognized that to ignore the call of the duvet when ill could be tantamount to requesting a bout of post-viral syndrome if you are susceptible.Your brain is actually giving your body some very sage advice which it wants you to heed.
I decided no one would want to share my bugs in the week before Christmas and I do have the added incentive of having to be especially considerate to my newborn population.
So dosed up and warm I shall sit it out through the throat, onto the nose (that's today) and then the cough in all its glory.
The dosing has proved difficult, like most well organised nurses the medicine cabinet was bare but for some Beechams Flu Powders which looked suspiciously like a wrapped packet of a controlled substance, but one that went out of date about 2 years ago.I spent a while deciding whether it may have bio-degraded into Polonium 210 and eventually decided probably not.