When I was young and had a cold, I would of course be miserable. Well miserable until I realized I could share my misery. Then I’d brighten up and happily sing out “plaaaaaague” as I ran around touching things and people! 😐
Yeah I know, a bit strange, but what kid isn’t a bit strange? I mean if an adult were to do the same thing there’d be issues. But a kid? Well you expect that sort of thing from a kid!
And in all fairness I grew up being told that sharing was good so really wasn’t that exactly what I was doing? Sharing and thus doing good works? Besides all my friends were doing it too. Heck my whole class would basically swap germs and bugs back and forth happily because, sharing is caring. Best of all those same germs and bugs would be brought home to share and mix with our families.
Our families would sometimes take the bugs and germs with them to their offices and such and thus the gift kept giving. Looking back I’m certain my parents didn’t feel the same way as I did as far as sharing germs and such being a good thing. However there was this thing called work. Because there was these things called bills and apparently they fit into this thing known as the vicious cycle.
Adults would work to pay for bills of stuff they bought because they needed it, sometimes they needed it for work since clothing was not optional, but mandatory. So they bought that and then they had bills so off to work they’d go in the clothes they bought for work and well you get the idea.
Adults, apparently, were expected to go to work and get on with it. No staying home sick with someone taking care of you. Nope. Just struggle through it and thus like it or not they shared it with other adults.
Times have changed and now people in the offices get that sharing isn’t caring when it comes to bugs and germs. Most companies get this and don’t expect really sick adults to go to work. And some adults have decided to push the idea of sick as far as they can, which means those who are sick have to prove it. Because we still have vicious cycles in our lives. And because kids will still think sharing is caring when it comes to germs.
As an adult I’ve been blessed to work with employers who have understood the issues around lupus and oodles of doctor appointments and sick time. I’ve also been un-blessed to work with employers who told me to be sick on my own time. Because lupus and other serious, as well as minor, illnesses just need a stern talking to so they remember to respect the hours on the clock. Pretty sure the same deal works on the plaaaaaague!
And I’m pretty sure kids will share bugs and germs, their parents will share it with coworkers and some bosses/companies will be reasonable around staying home if you are sick versus work until you drop. And maybe in the midst of it all lupus will get bored and disappear! 😉
But until then, I hope my coworkers get it when I keep a massive distance between myself and them. Especially if they have children. Because germs and bugs bring the best,umm, worst in lupus and it wouldn’t be fair if I had that whole combination going on and couldn’t share it in all of its glory!😉