"Hi, I'm really sorry I can't come in to work today. I've been feeling really sick the past couple days and..." "I'm sorry I'm going to be missing rehearsal again today. I'm still feeling pretty sick. I have a headache, stuffy nose, and..." "I really didn't want to have to miss another lesson, but I'm worried I might be contagious and..." "I'm not going to be in class today. I wish I could have been there but I have a lot of gross mucus and I can't think straight..."
I don't have time to be sick. I'd scheduled an audition this Thursday playing a piece that's been rusting over in the closet since my senior recital last May. I have a concert to practice for, fundamentals to work on, homework to do.
I don't have the money to be sick. I spent $20 on medicine, missed out on $90 from teaching this week, missed 3 days of work (about $120), so now I'm out $230 with nothing to show for it but a pile to the ceiling of dirty tissues.
I'm not a person who loves advertising when I'm not feeling well. I see talking about it and dwelling on it as negative energy that works against feeling healthy again and getting better; but how many emails and text messages have I written outlining my symptoms over the last several days? I've emailed all 3 of my students, my boss at work, my orchestra conductor, my academic teachers, my accompanist, and even cancelled a haircut I'd had planned.