So, I know I said I'd post about the nursery next, but I wanted to post this little gem first before I forget and hey, you get two posts out of me instead of one! :)
A lady at work may or may not have/had whooping cough for the past three weeks at work. Conflicting stories from her about whether or not she had the test done has every one in panic mode. As does her coughing fits in the staircase, breakroom and bathrooms with an uncovered mouth. We've all complained to our manager about her coughing fits and how horrible it is and to his credit, he sent her home twice in the past three weeks. I felt awful for her b/c she sounds like she is dying, I kid you not. Yesterday though, it got bad. She was so sick, she was coughing up blood in one of the downstairs bathrooms and the right people got together and it created the perfect storm of drama, panic and gossip. Before the poor girl could blink, one of the other managers (who is terrified of germs) sent her home indefinitely and had called a serious meeting w/ all the managers to decide how to proceed. This turned into upper management contacting the health department, researching information on the CDC's website, etc.
I got a call late last night from the CEO asking me how I felt, if I had any symptoms and if I would be willing to work from home for a few days to keep me and the baby safe. They realize, I think, that it's a little too late to be keeping me home since my coworker has been spewing germs all over the place for three weeks (did your mother teach you to cover your mouth? MINE DID!) but it was a nice sentiment nonetheless. So, I'm working from home the next few days while they work out what to do.
They sent her back to the doctor and made her get the test today, because apparently, she never had it due to something that happened with the lab and the doc told her she wasn't contagious anymore anyway b/c she'd been on antibiotics for five days. Blah, blah, blah. My boss's want to know if we've all been exposed because the incubation period is apparently 14-21 days and they want everyone to be prepared for a possible "outbreak". Let's hope that she didn't have it and we don't have to worry about it.
Pertussis Gate 2012