Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sick Day Hangover

Yesterday I took a sick day. I wasn't overwhelmingly ill, but I had a very bad night of sleep (got about 1.5 hours total) and had a killer headache. I might have been able to "suck it up" and function, but I probably wouldn't be worth much. Today? Today was what I call sick day hangover day.

Every meeting and conference call that was supposed to happen yesterday (that didn't go on without me) I rescheduled for today...on top of what was already supposed to happen today. I was on the phone from 8:30 until 12:30 today non-stop.

Every deadline was overdue one more day, or one day closer to BEING overdue, so I had lots of deliverables to crank out. Every person who wanted to consult me, get my signature, or in any other way "use my talents" was waiting as if there was a take-a-number bakery line.

Then, I went into a conference room for a 30 minute meeting at the end of the day, that turned into 3.5 hours! Not a bad meeting, but obviously everyone had stored up a lot of stuff to talk about and it all spilled out there. From seating arrangements in the new location, to budget adjustments for end of 2009, to employee relations issues, to MERGER stuff, and everything in between.

So after getting back to my desk at 7:30PM, I found myself with a message from my VP in a two hour earlier time zone to call (meaning I would still catch him at work) and an unforgiving and long list of To-Dos that would just haunt me further tomorrow if I didn't tackle them now.

So it is now 11:00PM and I'm headed home.

I foresee some further hangover tomorrow.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I used to be able to function on no sleep. These days? No way.

It sounds like you need a weekend. STAT.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh - I know exactly how you feel! Catching up even one missed day can be brutal. Sometimes it's just not worth it to stay home, even if you are truly sick.