“Work is bad for your health”. A joke that has been said many, many, many times by countless people. Myself included.
After a bout of bronchitis this past week, and where I lost another planned outdoor weekend from my time bank, this joke has become quite literal for me.
Or at least the corporate environment I work in currently.
Ever since my company moved into a new building, there have been reoccurring bouts of dry eyes, colds, headaches and coughing among many people…obviously, myself included. No coincidence, a musty, almost maple syrup smell, will crop up every so often as well. As a “bonus”, many of us sit directly under the ventilation ducts that dissipates heat from a server room.
Dad, a retired sheet metal worker and someone who did HVAC work earlier in his career, confirmed..yeah, that duct work really should be checked. Many more details can about HVAC and associated illnesses may be read here.
I had a longer blog post about a need for a change when work is literally causing me to become ill. But change, growth and flexibility is always needed if someone wants to prosper. Something understood by any adult. No need to expound upon that concept.
In the mean time, I made some plans for trips in the very near future. Visiting Rhode Island again to see a new niece (and for backpacking in New Hampshire with one of my oldest friends), a couple of trips to New Mexico and a return to Colorado’s canyon country out by Grand Junction.
Assuming I don’t catch another respiratory illness…