I took my first sick day from my job with the Y in almost a year yesterday.
I came home yesterday from work early with an extremely sore throat, but still made it out to a cycling class before I realized I was actually sick and also a huge asshole for going to class where I could have gotten someone else sick.
I’m actually really sorry about that, I like to think of myself as a somewhat responsible adult, and I didn’t realize how sick I was. But after I was done, the right side of my throat was killing, and when I took a peek back there, it just wasn’t good.
I was prescribed some amoxicillin, and started it immediately yesterday, and then I decided to make a batch of super super spicy soup, which I’ll share on here really quick.
Sick Day Black Bean Soup
- 3 cans of black beans (we like the low sodium kind)
- 1 Tablespoon of cayenne pepper (chill out on this if you can’t)
- Southwestern seasoning (a little flick should do)
- A thing of vegetable broth (low sodium kind)
- 2 tablespoons of corn starch mixed into 2 tablespoons of cold water (this part is important!)
- 1/2 cup of quinoa
Dump the beans into a large pot. Dump cayenne and spices on top, and add the vegetable broth. Stir, and bring the soup to a boil. Add the cornstarch mixture to thicken the soup. Stir, and add quinoa. Lower heat and allow the soup mixture to summer for 20 minutes, or until the quinoa has softened and gets sprouty-looking. Enjoy on it’s own, or with some chips, avocado, or a dollop of sour cream if the soup is too spicy.
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So for my sick day, I woke up, and immediately realized all that my fabulous plans for the day, which included a meeting with my supervisor and closing the building, just weren’t going to happen, no matter how badly I wanted them to. I texted my boss (my throat was too sore to call), and let him know what was going on. I texted some others to help me get coverage for the building, and made myself a cup of Thera-Flu tea before I took a nap on the couch for a few minutes. As the day wore on, and I started getting more bored, I started to get really irritated because middle of the day television sucks, and my throat was killing me, and it was looking like I was going to be too sick to even walk, let alone run or cycle. I chugged seltzer, laid around, and finally, Austin came home a little early, and it was nice to talk to a real person.
So I’m finally starting to feel better now, a full 24 hours from when I started the antibiotics, and I think I’ll be working tomorrow as well. I’m glad I got the rest, but was horribly grumpy and bored all day.
What do you usually do on a sick day?