WHEN YOU OWN a small business and are self-employed, you do not get days off. You cannot get sick, or be late, or have life get in the way.
But it happens. Rarely, but it happens. After a nasty bout with the flu the past few days, I'm grateful for good health. Don't take it for granted, peeps.
I started feeling it Friday night. It crept up on me Saturday, smacked me Sunday, and I could barely stand yesterday morning. Sheryl rearranged my lesson schedule and took care of the store while I basically slept for 12 hours, off and on.
Early last night I felt it break. I started to sweat and I thought I was going to pass out. The next minute, I was fine. I'm still groggy and we might be doing a lot of slow songs in lessons today, but I've lived to tell about it.
In the 16 years I worked at The Whig, I think I had maybe three sick days. Two were because of a bad back, and one was from a bout with death. I never took more than one day off. I can't recall ever calling in sick in Alpena, either.
Sheryl is the same way. She's had medical issues, especially with her shoulder, but missed only a day or two in the store since we opened 6 1/2 years ago. I think it's because she's a Type 1 diabetic - she's careful about what she eats and stays far away from sick people. Being mindful of good health has helped her have good health.
So I am moving slowly today and things should pretty much be back to normal in another day or so. Meanwhile, our cat is chasing squirrels, the dogs are killing squirrels and the store hums right along, and hopefully it's another six years or so before I have to take another sick day.