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Dealing with Illness When Working from Home

On April 7th, my husband and I found ourselves in the emergency room of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with our 11-year-old son, Samson, who was gravely ill. Unbeknownst to us, his appendix had ruptured “some time ago.”

Two days earlier he had come in from the playing soccer in the backyard to tell us he didn’t feel very good. What looked like the flu was much, much more serious.

I spent nearly two weeks living with him in the intensive care unit. Then he came home for a couple of days and ended up back in surgery for a partial bowel obstruction. He finally came home (hopefully for good) on April 29.

After the first, very long night, I ran home for a couple of hours (while Sam stayed with him), to shower, change, and grab some things. One of the first things I packed was my computer. I’m blessed that, as a professional blogger, I can work anywhere there is an internet connection. So, other than the overwhelming concern for my boy, my work wasn’t really impeded. I could attend to him whenever he needed anything, and still setup blogs, provide consulting, complete customization, and keep up with correspondence when he was sleeping.

This worked remarkably well, but reiterated to me the importance of multiple streams of income when running your own business. If your entire business is built on selling your own time, you have a serious problem if you’re too sick to put in the hours.

Creating lots of venues for passive income with your blogging business gives you the freedom to spend your time with more important things — like spending time with your very sick loved ones.

Another reminder came as I saw so many sick people day after day. Now, of course, many people are hospitalized through no fault of their own. My son didn’t cause his appendicitis, but he was still in very serious condition. But so many people are chronically ill because of their own bad choices, habits, and behavior.

Smoking, abusing drugs or alcohol, having poor eating and sleeping habits, obesity, etc., make a huge impact on our health.

As I watched to many people struggle with pain and disability, I became more determined than ever to have my own choices have a positive affect on my health. While I can’t prevent all illnesses, diseases, accidents, I can make sure I don’t contribute to them.

This is particularly important for those of us who work for ourselves.

Watch for even small things you can do for good health. If you’re consuming gallons of coffee to stay awake, consider a better sleep schedule and foods that won’t cause an energy spike followed by a drop. If you’re sedentary while blogging at your desk, get up early for a good workout every morning and schedule some activity during the day. If you have inflammation because of repetitive movement (a problem with lots of computer workers), try Nopalea, a wellness drink that contains Betalians, rare antioxidants that have been proven to reduce inflammation. If you spend lots of time in the sun, use a quality sunscreen to protect your skin. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Drink lots of water.

There are so many simple changes that can make a big difference in your health and quality of life. And keep you out of the hospital. Trust me, it’s worth the effort for your business an your stress level.

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  • Freelancer May 7, 2012, 2:17 am

    Thanks for the tips… It’s a bit sad that, despite some people tried to make a quality life, by working at home, but may ruin their health by not paying attention in vital things like your food. :/
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  • Salin May 7, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Even if a person is working from home, he should take long walks and look closely at what he eats. So sorry to hear about your son’s sickness.
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  • Okto May 7, 2012, 10:07 pm

    What a strong message Alison. I hope your beloved one is okay.

    The problem you tell us is so true. When we enjoy working from home most of us forget our own health. This is merely happen because we feel completely free and rule our time. Thus most of us work until the late of night which is bad to our health.
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  • Dhanna May 9, 2012, 1:38 am

    When you’re working at home, you hold your own time. Time management is one of the important things to consider. It’s difficult to work when you’re sick, too bad you don’t have a sick leave but the best cure is that maintain a healthy life style. Exercise and taking a break, away from your PC is somehow, advisable.
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  • george May 9, 2012, 3:25 am

    Doing meditation is the best way to get relief from stress while you are working in your home. It gives you more happiness and patience in your daily life.

  • Priya Kamble May 10, 2012, 4:22 am

    Nice article and wonderful tips… Thank you for sharing…

  • Richard May 12, 2012, 3:11 am

    This is a nice post. I will take care myself more. Working at home is really not good for your health.

  • Joseph May 12, 2012, 3:21 am

    When work at home, i forgot the time and the lunch also. It’s harmful to my stomach. An advice to me: pay more attention to my health.

  • Brian May 26, 2012, 1:14 am

    You can fell more comfortable when you work at home. But i think beside the labor productivity, your health is the big problem.

  • Ivan May 26, 2012, 1:22 am

    I’m working at home now. The problem is people don’t know how to work more productitve. You can sit in front of computer allday but you should better relax after 2 working hours. You can do exercise, eat more vegetable, and drink more water to keep you healthy no matter where you’re working.

  • Thomas May 26, 2012, 1:34 am

    I’m a blogger now and i always work at home. But i know how to keep myself healthy when work. You must drinnk water as much as you can. You also need to eat a perfect meal instead of fast food.

  • Patrick June 12, 2012, 4:14 am

    It is really sorry to hear about your son’s sickness. I am now working at home and i realize that I am losing weight too, so I must pay more attention on my health. Thank you for this great post, and It is really sorry to hear about your son’s sickness.

  • Amber June 14, 2012, 4:10 am

    Your post was absolutely right. I am working a part-time job at home, and I often use very much fast food,coffee…. One of my bad habits is not eating on time. I know these are not good for my health and I’m trying to change these bad habits time by time. Many thanks for nice sharing.

  • Martin July 25, 2012, 1:25 am

    Thank you very much for these tips. I do hope that you son feels well now and everything is in norm now. I have become a worker-from-home not so long ago, I’m 23 and after half a year of the sedentary way of life I realised that my body wan’t as active as it used to be. And I understood that there must be something done with it. Now I am into swimming, jogging and I never use Internet and laptop during the weekends!
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  • Sam Ali September 21, 2013, 11:23 am

    Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

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