Checking my thermometer, it reads that for the past 36 hours I have had a fever of 102 F.I’m sure that plenty of people in any variety of jobs have had to deal with trucking through a day of work while sick.I know for me, its never fun.

My Lab
Right now I am finishing up the last two weeks of Classical French Pastries lab at Johnson and Wales.Each baking and pastry lab is 22 days long; going to class 7 hours a day, 4 days a week.During this time you are only allowed 3 missed days.That may not seem like much time that you are allowed to miss before you are dropped from the class, but when you are gone for even just one day you really miss a lot of information.

When I started getting sick, I knew this one would be bad.I was already exhausted and I had a terrible sore throat, accompanied with a dry-hacking cough; I could feel this flu coming on.Unfortunately, I already used up all of my absences from class and if I took one more day off from school I would be dropped from the lab.

Just Torture
Sniffling and hacking my way into class, I received quizzical looks from my fellow students.Asking me if I was going to be alright and remarking on how horrible I looked.I spent the next six hours of class holding onto some sort of support while wavering back and fourth, trying not to topple over.As my Chef spoke out commands and comments as to what we were baking in class, all I heard was incoherent mumbles.

I went oddly from freezing to the bone to sweating like I was sitting on the sun.I felt like I was going through menopause about 50 years too soon.I tried as hard as I could to pay attention and help the rest of my table-mates but I felt like I was more of a hinder than help.

“Just stick it out until the end of class,” was the only thing I could think at the time.Also, about how I was not only infecting everyone in my class but how the health department would be having a field day with my breathing around food to be served to humans.But, it wasn’t up to me whether or not I stayed.

Feeling Better Now
So its been four days later and I am now, just, feeling better.Still sleeping most of the day and a throat that feels like I just ate fire, I do feel good enough to write to you at least.Looking back on the week I am honestly astonished at my stamina and will to make it through, and feeling triumphant I did make it!

Now, if I was working at a bakery or restaurant and was this sick, I would definitely NOT recommend trying to make it through your flu.I am now just waiting to see how many people get sick from being within 20 feet of me, and to them, I really apologize.

If you are ever put in a situation similar to mine, and there is a great chance that some time in your life it will happen, just don’t forget one thing: cough drops!!