Not the Christmas Bonus I Wanted

Not the Christmas Bonus I Wanted
I had to cancel out of yet another Christmas party just now. I'm actually quite experienced at doing this, as I've had fibromyalgia longer than many of my readers have been alive. However, this year was different. For once, fibromyalgia was not the culprit. Instead, I developed a nasty head cold (as did nearly everyone I know). I guess I should be thankful that it's nothing more serious. After all, a cold does go away. Somehow, though, having to make this cancellation was even more unpleasant than usual. As if one illness wasn't enough to keep me away from special occasions, I got a Christmas bonus! I'm looking back at the recent past, trying to decide what I might have done differently to have avoided catching this cold and what I may do in the future to prevent catching another one. Because colds are contracted from other people, the best answer I came up with is that I should have stayed at home, alone. But, realistically, this isn't possible. There are certain needs that demand leaving the house, whether it's cold and flu season or not — groceries, medical appointments, the gas station. Besides, being the social person that I am, that's just not an answer. For me, isolation results in depression. Of the two, I'd probably choose to have the cold. Perhaps I could have been more diligent about washing my hands, but I'm at least more conscientious than most. I'm a frequent user of hand sanitizers wherever I see them. In my locale, they're located at the entrance to every grocery store, pharmacy, and health facility. In addition, hand-washing with soap and water is my first priority when I get home from any outing. Perhaps I could have gone to bed earlier to get more rest. However, no matter how early I go to bed, I'm never able to fall asleep much befor
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