Last month we read the inter-office cringings of "Michael," the small-company employee who elaborately described the many noble purposes of his staycation: "sticking around town, doing some odds and ends that need taking care of, (also my dad has another chemo treatment this week and a few follow appts) — but … also hopefully … catching up on some books and movies I have piling up."
Well, he's been back in the office for weeks now, and his toil has taken its toll. In another intra-office e-mail titled broadly, "Today," Michael laments:
Just can't shake this bug; achy head, ear, nose, and throat, are worse despite my mind over matter etc., and now working over to the other side (both ears, sinus, sides of throat), this morning — ugh — going to load up on cold, sinus and throat gunk and try to get some sleep and beat this back. Will be checking in throughout.
The thing puts me in mind of a former colleague, who got on the company intercom and announced, "Ladies and gentleman, great news! My wife just popped her mucus plug!"