Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Growing up I was a huge fan of Shel Silverstein's 'Where the Sidewalk Ends'. It's a book of hundreds of creative poems, many with illustrations. Some rhymed, some didn't, but most of them captured my imagination.

My favorite one was entitled 'Sick'. I loved it so much I dedicated time to memorizing it, and still to this day have some parts of it ingrained in my brain. The poem goes as such:


"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay,
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash, and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more--that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is---Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"

Although I loved (and still do, albeit for nostalgic reasons at this point) this poem, I am the exact opposite. When it comes to attendance I've always been an iron man. I got a special award for never missing a day of Kindergarten, even though I had serious poison oak that year all over my body. Looking back I'm surprised Mrs. Zimmerman didn't send me home as I must have been at least a little contagious. Through grade school, and even college, I was always king when it came to attendance. I am a conscientious person, and as a result, don't feel good about missing school, practice, work, etc... If I'm signed up to be somewhere, I am there, and most always on time.

In my career I have taken vacations, such as my recent two week trip to China, but am yet to miss work due to illness. Today, that streak is broken. Yesterday at work my throat started to hurt, especially when I swallowed, and my sinuses began to flare. Last night I felt awful as my nose started to clog up, adding to the discomfort I was already feeling from my throat and sinuses. As a result I had a horrible night of sleep, pretty much tossing and turning from 2am on. Right now my sinuses have calmed a little, but my whole head still feels congested.

I'll surely be back in the office tomorrow, carrying my afrin just in case my stuffiness in unbearable. Even though I don't feel good about using a sick day and breaking my impeccable streak, I know it's the right thing to do and will hopefully pay off tomorrow when I feel better.

Well, time to go downstairs and take another Cold-Eze.

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