This morning I woke up with a terrible headache. I hoped that I would be able to get rid of it soon and it would not bother me throughout the day. I was convinced that a cup of freshly brewed coffee would do the trick. I was wrong. It continued to bother me until late in the evening, when I took a Tylenol. I don’t like taking pills. Especially after being on antibiotics for a while. Generally I prefer dealing with the pain and let the body take care of itself. But unfortunately this time the pain was so strong that I couldn’t resist.
At work, I tried to focus on my projects and ignore the pain completely. For a few short moments it worked. Then it came back and made me feel horrible. The fact that my co-worker kept on talking the whole time I was there, did not help either. I would have liked to be in a silent area, lay down and work on my laptop. But the reality was totally different. My annoying colleague kept on rambling about the Office party room rental Montreal that she had booked for the Xmas party.
At one moment I almost snapped at her. It took me a few seconds to change my tone and tell her that I was not really interested in the conversation. I don’t think I could have been more subtle than that! She didn’t care. She continued talking with me. Then she picked up the phone and started to chat with someone. Her high pitch voice was driving me insane. Other times I was not bothered by it, but today I found it extremely irritating because of my nasty headache.
I had to take a few extra breaks to gather my thoughts and calm down. When I couldn’t stand her voice anymore, I took my laptop and moved to the cafeteria. It was much quieter and I was able to finish my report before lunch time.
Around 3 PM, my headache turned into a massive migraine which convinced me I had to leave the office. As much as I wished to attend the staff meeting, I couldn’t. I was barely able to read a line. Thus I packed my bag, grabbed my coat and left. On the way to the parking lot, I heard someone calling my name. I turned and saw it was our receptionist.
She was sent by my co-worker to give me my cell. Apparently I had left it on my desk and headed home without it. I took it, thanked her and walked towards my car. While I was opening the car, I realized that I have been rude with my colleague and I had to apologize the following day.