I have always prided myself on rarely, if ever, missing work even suffering various illnesses while still making it into my job. Well, this week is hopefully an aberration. Early Wednesday morning, an outside pipe burst and I had to stay home till someone came and fixed it. While waiting, I noticed my throat was becoming scratchy which indicates an oncoming cold. No problem, I thought. I can easily endure a cold until the weekend. By Friday morning though, I was at work wearing a coat in 70 degree temps and with chattering teeth! I ultimately decided to leave work early in order to see the doctor. What he eventually told me came as a big surprise. He said I had the flu and a current temperature of 103.1!!! He also told me the symptoms could have been worse had I not already had a flu shot. Not only that but he ordered me not to return to work until Tuesday. Of course, I could endure work tomorrow but will stay home for fear of infecting others if I returned too soon.