Working from home
This morning I woke up with a splitting head ache that my usual cup of coffee did not sooth. By the time I got to work and checked in with boss-man George, it was clear. I am coming down with either a good old-fashioned cold or the flipp’n flu bug that is going round. One of the benefits of my job at UVM Extension is that I can work from home on my lap-top and I have sick time, so that I can take care of myself and not spread the what-ever-this-thing-is around the office or in the field to the farmers I work with. I am the Farm Safety Educator for our grant.
My name is Alexandra Jump and I am part of the VT AgrAbility Project team, the blogger behind the Farmsafe profile and I work out of the Morrisville office. I would not be much of a farm safety educator if I didn’t practice what I preach, so I have taken steps to hunker down and let this thing run its course.
I had a bunch of cold/flu supplies in the kitchen cupboard and about a month ago I went through and checked all the expiration dates of the over the counter type pain/fever/stuffy nose/cough relievers. I pitched the stuff that was expired and stocked up on stuff that was low. On the way home I picked up easy to make meals from a bag, soup, tea, ginger ale ( ‘cus my grandmother always gave me ginger ale when I was sick as a kid) and some new sniffle/cough/achey/ flavored syrup stuff. Orange for the day and green for the night. Don’t know if it will get that far, but I feel better just being prepared.
Flu shots, especially the H1N1 has not been easy to come by and it seems that the bug is out and about before the shot. Still I will continue to try and get them when available. I have made two attempts so far. I am on my Dr.’s list, but behind folks who are more at risk for complications than me.
I am not a germ-a-phobe by nature, but I have been really careful to wash my hands often, wipe down work spaces with a anti-germ disposable wipes, get plenty of rest, good exercise and not let myself get run down. I worry about some of the farmers that are already under a pinch and don’t have the luxury of sick time. Cows gotta be milked, sheep gotta be led to pasture, pigs need their slop, and you can’t call in sick.
Farmers can be ready for the “what if I get sick” possiblity by taking a quick minute to make a plan. Talk with your doctor about the flu shot and get one if it recommended. Plan with your family and farm workers on how to continue getting the job done, if you go down for a few days. Decide in advance who is going to cover each task. Check your supplies and get rid of the over the counter stuff that has expired and then replenish. Have a bunch of ready to make meals on hand. Then if you get sick, don’t try and be a hero by pushing though, it just might make it worse, take longer to get rid of , or worse yet you might just spread it around. Be selfish and keep it to yourself, take care of your self and get better soon! Time now for a nap.