self-imposed sick leave

As a freelancer, I don’t have a regular schedule. I set up meetings with clients and collaborators and I try my best to spread them out so that I don’t have multiple meetings in one day, if possible. I try to take it easy so that I don’t put unnecessary stress on my body and my state of mind. It’s one of the things I promised myself after my last bout with dying from meningitis in 2010. I’m HIV positive, so I have to be very careful about how I go about my day-to-day.

sick? take a selfie #sickinthehead (taken back in 2013)

sick? take a selfie #sickinthehead (taken back in 2013)

I don’t have weekends but I don’t have weekdays, either. I control my time. I work from home and I work when I want to, as long as I can meet my deadlines.

So, as of yesterday, I started feeling a little under the weather. I was joking with Cez about it and she told me I probably had “jet lag” as a joke. But traveling can be tiresome, even if I didn’t change time zones. I still managed to host last night’s Rockeoke with Gabe and Quark and it took everything from me to really maintain my energy up until 1am when we ended. But it was a great stress reliever to be able to belt out un-self-consciously in front of an audience with a band right behind me. I sang a pretty awful rendition of Alone by Heart. But I sang it with gusto and much bravado and that’s all that Rockeoke is about really.

So it was fun but I went home right away and slept like a baby.

The moment I got home, I could feel the on-set of a flu-type thing so I’m going to take it easy for the next three days. I don’t have anything scheduled and I am not going to schedule any sort of meetings so that I can just stay home and take it easy. I promised myself and everyone else that I was going to take care of myself and that’s exactly what I am going to do.

It’s one of the benefits of freelancing and that kind of work that I do. I can give myself these sick leaves, of course, I’m going to have to pay for it when the time comes. Staying at home and resting is great for my body but I would have to make up for the lost time. I could be meeting clients and doing stuff that would allow me to write more articles and things like that.

But my health is my number one priority. I can’t overdo it. At least, I can just drag my computer to my bedside and write a few paragraphs here and there and just save it and put it aside and sleep a bit more, if I have to.

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