This flu season, my place of employment is really pushing the whole hand-washing/stay-home-when-you're-sick/don't-make-the-rest-of-us-ill-you-inconsiderate-a-holes thing. As part of this campaign, they've posted little signs on the inside of all the bathroom stall doors tell you how to cough/sneeze and cleanse your hands. These signs also have a list of flu symptoms to be on the look out for.
The list includes:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Extreme tiredness
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
For the past couple of months, every time I sat staring at one of those signs while I used the facilities (and anyone who's been pregnant knows that I spent a LOT of time peeing during the first trimester), I laughed at the list of symptoms. I had most of them. Every.Single.Day. Not because I'm one of those inconsiderate a-holes who doesn't stay home when they're sick, but because I was pregnant.
Pregnancy gives me nausea, vomiting, headaches, stuffy nose, extreme tiredness, and muscle aches. I wish they were forcing me to stay home because I'm pregnant.