Category Archives: immune suppression

Sick leave: just do it, America!

OK, I live in Canada, but I like the trend toward mandating employers to provide decent sick leave, even for contract workers, that’s gathering momentum in the USA. Several large companies, including Microsoft, are in favour of it. People are … Continue reading

Posted in government policy, relationships with colleagues, virus, work | Leave a comment

Immune to measles!?

I got some good news last week from my GP’s office — apparently I still have significant immunity to measles. Wow. I’m still immune-suppressed, but at least I have some fight still left in me! I’m inordinately happy about this … Continue reading

Posted in immune suppression, virus | 1 Comment

No measles vaccine for me

So there has been an outbreak of measles in my region. I take public transportation regularly and I’m not a hermit, so there is a real chance that I could be exposed to the measles virus if an infectious person … Continue reading

Posted in diagnostic tests, immune suppression, organization, planning ahead, public outreach, relationships with medical professionals, Remicade, social life, treatment guidelines, virus | Leave a comment

Intermittent disabilities fall through the cracks again

Oh boy, am I peeved. A Statscan report on employment among people with disabilities in Canada came out today in honour of the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The report was picked up by major media under … Continue reading

Posted in accommodations, anger, bias, disability, fatigue, finances, frustration, hidden disability, immune suppression, sexism, statistics, unpredictability, virus, wages, work | Leave a comment

Kids and colds

Ugh. It’s been a week and I’m still too sick with bronchitis/sinusitis to work. I know exactly where I got it from, too. Two weeks ago a friend of mine wanted to socialize. That would have been great, but her … Continue reading

Posted in disability, fatigue, friendship, frustration, immune suppression, relationships, social life, steroids, symptoms, virus | Leave a comment

Sleeping at work is good for everybody!

Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve updated everything — sorry. I’ve been very busy alternating being away (conferences, holidays), being sick, and doing a lot of work. Now that I’ve submitted some papers, things are calmer. One of my … Continue reading

Posted in accommodations, disability, fatigue, virus, work | Leave a comment

On the UP and up

Last week, while sick with another lovely virus, I ordered a Jawbone UP wristband. I have noticed 2 interesting trends so far: 1. When I can’t breathe because of a super-runny nose and/or gut problems, the wristband is great at … Continue reading

Posted in exercise, fatigue, gut problems, immune suppression, virus | Leave a comment

“Sickness presenteeism”

Well, I learned a new term: “sickness presenteeism.” This is, as you have probably guessed, the phenomenon of people going to work sick when they really should have stayed at home. And people who come to work sick not only … Continue reading

Posted in immune suppression, relationships with colleagues, work | Leave a comment

Flu shot timing

Flu shot season is already here. In a few days, once I get the logistics worked out, I’m going to be bugging everyone I work with to get their FREE flu shots ASAP so that herd immunity can help protect … Continue reading

Posted in evidence-based medicine, immune suppression, mania, organization, planning ahead, Remicade, steroids, virus | Leave a comment

I’m in business. . . part of the time

A lot has happened since I last posted. On the bad side, I’ve had a whole whack of viruses and also an allergic reactions to a new medication. On the good side, I’ve started my own business freelancing at the … Continue reading

Posted in allergies, disability, finances, government policy, illogical, organization, virus, work | Leave a comment