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Writer's Block: Quarantine Etiquette

The holiday season happens to overlap with cold and flu season (and not just the bottle flu). When you get sick, do you go to work or school anyway, or do you stay home to avoid spreading your germs?

Well, I doubt it would make any difference since I work at home when I'm working. I'm still trying to become self supporting and build a business.

I used to be one of those people who went to work no matter how sick I was.

That wasn't a good thing. That was a bad habit drummed in during my childhood that I couldn't even see, a blind spot that caused me years of harm. I wound up in denial of just how physically disabled I am. I wound up not really comprehending that one leg 3cm shorter than the other is an actual disability and it is a limp, not a "fake limp."

I don't know why I believed it. Maybe just because I had to in order to survive. But getting over that denial was as painful as any denial anyone's ever had to crash through, most of all recognizing how much of my life I wasted trying to do things that I couldn't instead of sticking to what I could do well and getting help. I'm still shaky about it after some years.

But in regard to quarantine etiquette, half the time I couldn't tell if it was a cold that was contagious or an allergy that wasn't. I only knew it was contagious if I got it from someone else. If I stayed home every time I had a cold, I would not have had a job.

I almost didn't graduate high school because I had too many sick days, they wanted to hold me back to force me to waste another year when I was on the honor roll -- and one of my arguments was that it wouldn't change. That if I did waste another year I still wouldn't have any fewer sick days in that year and could be on that treadmill for life.
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