There is a woman in the office across from me who has been loudly and squishlily coughing up her lungs for the last 4 hours. It is disgusting to hear (to the point that I am getting nauseous with all the chunks I can hear coming up) not to mention loud and distracting and happening literally about once every minute.
Ok, before I get any farther, I just want to say, “Screw all y’all who want to come in here and piss and moan that sometimes people just HAVE to come to work, even if they’re deathly ill!”
I know that. I know people have kids and other crap besides being sick that they need to save their sick time for. I understand. However, that does not change the fact that this woman is way too sick to work and should be at the doctor, if not the hospital. It does not change the fact that she is being disgusting and distracting to the five of us that sit across from her. Not to mention, she is over 60 and does not have any little chilluns she needs to be saving her sick time for, so I really do not see the reason why she felt she had to be here. She is not doing a job that could not be covered easily in the event she did have to take a day off. So really, I don’t want to hear it–maybe she does need to save up her sick time for something, but I think in this case, she needed to suck it up and actually USE her sick time, even for one day. This is pretty extreme–we’re not talking sniffles and a little throat clearing now and then. I am not trying to be insensitive to people who need to save the sick time, but COME ON! How about a little sensitivity for those of us who don’t want to catch what you have or hear you coughing up phlegm all day?
I mean, seriously… she is coughing so badly that at one point someone came in and asked if they needed to call 911 for her. This woman cannot stop hacking long enough to breathe! Why is she here?! It’s honestly making me sick hearing it and making me worried about touching something she has touched since she has not washed her hands all morning. Yuck. Neither of us has a door we can close so that’s not an option. The only option is for one of us to go home or for me to sit here and listen to it, which I tell ya, is not making me happy. Grr.