On Wednesday morning I woke up with a bit of a cough and a deeper voice than usual – but I was functional – and it slowly progressed. For a while I felt like I had a sock wedged into my lungs. Then a sock in my lungs + three kittens in my sinuses.
I have a scratchy voice and a cough, my ears are plugged, I have a sore throat, and a runny nose.. and I am supposed to be heading to Toronto tomorrow for a conference that lasts ’til Tuesday. A conference that I was looking forward to attending and at which I am moderating a panel presentation (though it will not be problematic for them to replace me, easily). One of my co-workers is presenting and I really wanted to see her do it, and provide moral support too!
So, I have a dilemma.
I could go and hope that no one notices my red, runny nose, coughing, and ridiculous voice. I could also pretend I don’t notice the dirty looks people are giving me as I honk and wheeze. Maybe I’m not even contagious at this point! My energy levels are okay, but not perfect, so I’ll likely be tired while there. The good things are that I will learn stuff, I will probably have some fun, and I can collapse in my (own) hotel room on Sunday and Monday nights. Most of the people there are people I don’t see much (other than a few co-workers).
Or I can stay home where I can sleep in my own bed, get better faster and avoid possibly getting other people sick. No long drive to Toronto. I can wear my jammas! I will not be known as “patient zero”. But I’ll miss the entire (annual) thing.
By Sunday morning, I need to let the organizers know if I’m not coming – so they can cancel my hotel room and get someone else to do the thing I’m responsible for doing.
I am really and truly conflicted. Help!
Updated to add: the conference will have some people in attendance with HIV and others with compromised immune systems. I do not necessarily know who these people are so it’s not possible for me to avoid them completely.
Should Violet go to the conference despite being sick?
- No (57%, 8 Votes)
- Yes (29%, 4 Votes)
- I'm not sure - I'll leave a comment (14%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 14