Last week while I was sick with a fever over 100* and stuck at work (the fever started after I got there and we were, of course, too busy) I went in to do vitals on someone with “Flu-like symptoms”…. I curse the people that come in with flu-like symptoms… If you’re sick with the flu STAY HOME. Make some tea, tuck yourself in to bed. I went in to do this girl’s vitals and she’s got her arms pulled all up with the covers, sucking her lip in with every wimper and looks at me with tears in her eyes and says “I just can’t stop shaking, I’m so sick, I’m so cold I can’t get rid of the chills”….
I look right at her and smile and think to myself: I’m trying *really* hard to be sympathetic right now but my fever is higher than yours. Get it TOGETHER.