Being sick and having to present at a conference is even less fun.
On Monday, my coworkers and I piled into my car to drive to Virginia Tech for an athletic advising conference where we were to present our research on self-regulated learning and effective techniques for academic support of student-athletes. It’s not really my field, but it’s what we’ve been working on at work and my boss wanted to give us the chance to build our CVs and get some presentation experience.
The first time we gave the presentation (in August) it was in the form of a full two-hour training for the tutoring staff. While in the planning stages, I noticed my throat felt funny and I was really tired. Turns out I had strep throat! I took antibiotics for several days, but still ended up giving the presentation with a very sore throat.
This week, I also started feeling bad a few days before the conference. I spent the weekend resting and taking allergy medication, but ultimately I was a coughing mess when we hit the road on Monday morning. Between a lot of water and cough drops, I made it through the presentation, but I really wanted to be like:
I know health is important, but sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. Giving a presentation while feeling like crap is not ideal, but it’s got to be done. Even when I’d rather be snuggled up in a pile of pillows watching Netflix and spooning a box of tissues. What I have to wonder at this point is if this presentation is what’s making me sick. Maybe I’m allergic to it?
I’m guessing the “my immune system can’t handle another presentation” excuse prooooobably wouldn’t work. So i’ll just keep on keepin’ on. I rarely ever get sick, so twice in one semester makes me worried about what’s in store for winter.
Have you ever presented while sick? Had someone sing “Soft Kitty” to you in the grad student lounge? Share your thoughts!