One of the great perks about being self-employed is the schedule flexibility. Take today, for example. I’ve been coming down ill for a few days, and it all piled up on me when the alarm went off this morning. Feverish and weak, I knew I could not crawl out from between the sheets and start the day.

The situation made me think back to my days in the PACU, when such an event would have meant calling my charge to tell him I couldn’t work. I’d feel awkward calling because I knew it would throw my charge’s morning into chaos — and a fellow staff nurse’s as well. My charge would need to immediately start phoning to see who could cover for me. And someone’s well-planned day would get wrecked by having to throw on scrubs and rush to the hospital. I don’t like causing those kinds of problems for people. But it did happen on occasion, and when it did I felt very low indeed.

Today was a completely different story. I knew I had no deadlines, so I was able to turn off the alarm clock and snuggle back down into the bed. As a nurse, I understand the importance of rest and hydration for getting over a virus. Today I could stay in bed all day, if needed, and do it without any feelings of guilt about wrecking someone else’s day.

And so I stayed in bed most of the day. It’s rare occurrence, and not something I enjoy doing. But today it was “just what the nurse ordered,” and I’m now beginning to get over this wretched virus.

The freelance writing life isn’t very glamorous, but it has its perks. Today’s was sleeping, drinking water and pampering myself to get through an illness. Now I need to head back to bed.

Wishing YOU well!

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