I kind of feel bad for the people being served the food prepared by any sick person. I know that I definitely would not want any sick person handling my food. Just the thought of it grosses me out. But it seems like in this industry, it is common for people to work even when sick. Even though I am doing the same thing, I find it quite disturbing. But we often have little choice.I had a minor common cold, nothing severe. I wasn’t dying or too weak to get out of bed (that’s me when I get the flu). Other than the common cold symptoms, I actually felt okay and had enough strength to work. And it’s not like I can take a whole week off for something so minor. That is like... unheard of. One would be laughed out of the kitchen.
The runny nose was the worst disturbance while working. OMG!! I found myself running to the restroom every two minutes to blow my nose. And, yes..of course I washed my hands each time afterwards. I know that some people probably won’t. It’s a major hassle to be washing your hands THAT frequently and all that hand-washing will make your hands drier than a raisin. And some people may not always wash their hands each and every time after they sneeze or blow their nose a couple billion times, especially when no one is looking. But since I am somewhat of a germaphobe, I made sure I washed it each and every time. Even with all that post-snot washing, who is to say no one else will catch my germs/cold? The cold virus is airborne. One doesn’t necessarily have to eat a snot-infested dish prepared by a germ-infested chef to get sick from them.Also, with a cold, taste buds can also deter. I didn’t get any complaints from customers, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if my seasoning on something was off due to not being able to taste something. Ohh..but I did screw up on family meal one night lol. I had taken some Nyquil (got tired of getting drowsy at work, so later I switched to DayQuil). It was late. I was tired and in a hurry to get home, take a hot shower, take more Nyquil and knock the F out. I was making the family meal in a hurry while being sick, drowsy, tired, and unable to taste (not to mention STARVING!!). And some scraps of meat I made apparently did not cook all the way. It was still raw. And I was just too out of it at the time to care.
Well, I am all better now and back to my 'ole self. I really hate being sick. The common cold is not as bad as the flu though. With the flu, I am literally DYING! With the chills, bodyaches, fatigue, and overall weakness, I’m sure to call in sick for that. Flu season is around the corner. I hope I don’t catch it this year. I haven’t had the flu for a few years now. I rarely get it, but when I do, it is torture. I lay in bed thinking...oh God, this is how I am going to go.