I got sick on 12/21 with a cold / cough. I remember the date because of my birthday on the 23rd. it was pretty nasty. I ended up taking 3 days off between 12/26 and 12/31 to recuperate, since things were quiet. I had several nights were I just could not sleep due to coughing. J was in the same boat – it was pretty brutal. Three or four days ago, I was still coughing. Not constantly, but enough to be annoying.
Then, I got sick again. Basically, the old lingering cough combined with a brand new cold / cough. I’m on day 3 of having no voice whatsoever. As in, I couldn’t talk even in a raspy voice even if I was really, really motivated. Today, on day 3, I’m finally at a point where I can squawk out a word or two. Did I mention J has been out of town since Sunday night? It has been a brutal week. And there has been a surge of pressure at work, so I have been struggling through half days. It’s actually surprising how doable it is to conduct smallish meetings (<= 6 people) in a whisper. It’s also funny how I’ll be whispering away to someone, and they’ll start whispering back unintentionally.
Last night was the worst yet, and I came so close to puking this morning due to severe coughing, so I decided to stay home. Having spent the entire day in bed (now 1 pm) except for getting the kids ready for school, I’m actually starting to feel better. It’s amazing what complete rest will do for you. I also think not talking at all, except for an hour this morning with the kids, has helped a lot.
I’m on the hook to lead a review for management on Tuesday, and I really need to be able to coordinate that, which is really difficult when I’m feeling so awful. Regardless, thank goodness the weekend is nearly here.