The view from the couch

I woke up Monday morning with a sore throat. Too bad, I had 2 presentations that I had to couchdo at a staff function, and no-one else could do them. So I did it. Tuesday, stayed home to rest and get better, because Wednesday I was scheduled to attend a Literacy Summit. But come Wednesday, still feverish and coughing. Would YOU want to sit next to me at this meeting? Office mates polled said “No, stay away from me”.  So off I go, back home to the couch, cups of tea, and my Harry Potter book. Why is this so compelling that I decided to write about it?  It is the Illness Dilemma — when do you decide to stay home? Presentations that no-one else can do, for an event that has been scheduled for over 6 months?  Scheduled for storytime (and you are the only one who can do it)? Planned a special program and lots of kids are signed up? Being at the table for a Literacy Summit? The library should be there! I was the only library person invited! (I was planning to do my blog post about the summit).  I spent several hours of an internal debate over this one.  I really felt I should be there. Then again, I hate being at an event and sitting next to the sick person.  What do YOU do? I finally decided that I made the right decision, but it was certainly a moral dilemma for me.  And please forgive the brevity of this post. I don’t feel so good…..

About Angela Reynolds

Head of Youth Services for a rural library system in Nova Scotia.
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