This conversation happened this morning:
Dave: “I’m trying my new migraine medicine."
Me: “Does that mean you have a migraine?"
Dave: “Yep. Head really hurts."
Me: “So you won’t be going into work then…"
Dave: “I have to."
Me: “You don’t have to."
Dave: “I do."
Now your instinctive reaction here might be to think “What?!” I know, a killer hurting head and he’s still going to go to work.
The thing is that I understand this response. Dave had people travelling to the office for meetings and he didn’t want to let them down. I’d have had the same reaction. I might have tried to think of someone who could take my place but, if that had failed, I’d haul my sorry hurting head into work.
If you travelled to a meeting to find your host was off sick, how would you feel?