Post # 1
Ughhhh… One of my co-workers has been out sick for the past several days, but she decided to come in today. I don’t know the whole story, but from what I can gather she may or may not have mono. I think she’s waiting to hear from her doctor for that answer.
Normally I would have zero contact with this person during the regular workday so it’s not too huge of a deal for me, but the stars aligned just right, and the one guy in my department who WOULD have to have contact with her all day is out today, and I’m next in line. I’m also seven weeks pregnant! And no one in the office knows!
I know mono is the “kissing disease” and I certainly don’t plan to go over there and smooch her lol… But still, the idea of passing papers back and forth with her all day is FREAKING ME OUT! And I am not normally a germophobe AT ALL.
So, to get around this debacle, I just told another one of my co-workers — five weeks earlier than i had intended to share the news — that I’m pregnant so that he could have my back and be the one to deal with her today instead of me.
Moral of the story, don’t go to work with mono.
Post # 3
I hate when people come to work sick! Even more so now that I’m pregnant.
Post # 4
It can takes weeks even months to recover from mono. Unfortunetly there isnt much your co-worker can do.
Post # 5
@Bostongrl25: I get that. I don’t think she needs to live in a bubble for the next few weeks! But I do kind of wish she had worked from home for today, or until her doctor can give her a definite answer. In my “normal” life, I would have just shrugged my shoulders, maybe washed my hands one extra time today, and gone on with my day, not giving it an extra thought. And even pregnant, if someone near me coughs, sneezes or is visibly sick with a cold, I don’t really bat an eyelash. I’ve always felt like you have to expose yourself to the germs in order to build up your immunity. Plus I take mass trans to work, so if I tried to stear clears of all germs, **I** would have to put myself in a bubble! lol… But man, the idea of potential mono exposure + pregnant is just freaking me the heck out!
@Cory_loves_this_girl: My co-workers have always made a big deal out of people coming to work sick! They really, really fought our boss for remote access so that when we’re sick with germs, but feeling physically well enough to get work done, we can do so from home and not spread germs to everyone else. At the time I just felt like, whatever, exposing yourself to SOME germs isn’t the worst thing in the world. And you can always wash your hands an extra time or two. But now that this girl has mono (potentially) I just want to be like, THIS IS WHY WE’RE SET UP TO WORK FROM HOME! haha
Post # 6
Try not to touch anything she touches and wash your hands often, you should be ok because you’ll need to make contact with her bodily fluids to get it (yuck!) but I hear you. If she hasn’t even heard from the doctor to know if it is or isn’t mono then she definitely shouldn’t be at work because it could be anything- and very contagious. I hate it when people come to work sick and the worst person for it at my work place is my boss!!
Post # 7
@LoveMikey: yea, it sucks that you have to worry about being in contact with this woman, but as a PP said, I’ve had mono, and it took me over 3 months to completely recover and most of that time was pretty ugly.