Yesterday before I even opened my eyes I felt it. The scratchy throat, the stuffy nose, the sinus pressure, and I knew I caught a cold. I thought or hoped perhaps it was just allergies so I got up and rifled through the medicine cabinet and took some medication. I made tea with honey and waited for the nastiness to subside. But it didn't. It lingered all day through my beautiful Superbowl Sunday and Superbowl Party. We had 8 adults over and 1 child. I managed to drug myself up enough to make my side dishes and entertain everyone but as soon as I closed the door behind them I was ready to crash. I doped myself up with more cold medication and passed out.
This morning I did not feel any better. I checked on Bear and he feels warm too and he has a runny nose. He was fussy all day yesterday and Friday night too which makes me suspicious that we were bitten by the same bug. I did the quick debate in my head of do I send him to daycare and wait for them to send him home so I can get a couple of hours work in this morning? What if we are still contagious? Will I actually get any work done today if I go in? If he gets sent him then I have to keep him home that day and the next which means 2 sick days? What if my boss thinks I'm faking it because I have a Superbowl hangover?
Finally the fact that I feel like crap and Bear does too won out. Back before I had Bear I wouldn't have thought twice about going in to work. Unless I had a stomach bug I went in no matter what. I never felt like I was really sick enough to stay home even if I was a miserable sniveling mess. Now that I have a child I can't do that anymore. If he is sick he stays home. Thats the rules. And now I have a good enough reason to stay home when I am sick too.