Great news! I have a cold! 🤧 I tested NEGATIVE for Covid 🥳 so I will take a few more rest days to recover (as many as needed with enthusiastic support from my employer-no symptoms allowed at LSF 🙅♀️) and should be back to work soon! Yay!
When I woke up with these minor symptoms yesterday I was perplexed about what to do. A sore throat, a bit of congestion and a mild cough had never kept me from going to work before. But we need to take more responsibility for why and how we spread our germs around now and forever more. I decided to alert my boss, call my doctor, and get tested for COVID-19. My director was sympathetic and concerned and also agreed that I should not come back to work until I got tested. My classes were all covered or cancelled to protect members. I am given the space and time I need to fully recover, no pressure. This is how it should be!
The unfortunate thing is this means almost a week of lost wages for me. Group fitness instructors don’t get paid sick days or personal days - we don’t get paid for classes we don’t teach. This is a decision I can AFFORD to make, but I know others cannot. It is therefore a privilege to be able call in sick and not worry about how to pay your bills. This is the sad reality in my industry and others.
I have no idea how I caught this bug. Thankful that it’s not coronavirus but it is still a cold. My husband has the same symptoms (worse than I do) but we have both been super careful and rarely leave the house except for when I go to work or to walk the dog. I wash my hands like Lady Macbeth and try to avoid touching my face (but I have a very sweaty job and often can't help it).
Living in this age of pandemic makes me much more thoughtful about all my actions and the repercussions of those actions. How can we protect ourselves and our loved ones? What is the hidden cost to making a certain decision that seems like no big deal? What kind of toxic patterns are ingrained in us that have GOT to go? Where do we see oppression built into our systems if we take the time to really look and examine how they are designed to operate and what does that mean for public health?
I hope we are all living each day with a deeper sense of awareness, appreciation for health, and respect for our communities. Much gratitude to everyone who reached out! Thank you for your concern, support and love ❤️ See you soon!