I've been sick a lot recently, and have missed a few days of work. Naturally, there's the question of how I should respond when people ask that annoying question, "How are you?"
How I answer depends on whether they really want to know, or if it's just a polite question that they are asking just because that's what coworkers and acquaintances say to each other. Obviously, since I don't read minds, I can't always know if people want the truth or not.
For a while I pretty much always said "I'm ok," but then finally figured out that I should be honest with my employer about my health. Especially since there have been two separate occasions (or three?) when I went in to work but couldn't stay the full day. So now I generally answer "Not so great," but still sometimes say "I'm ok" or "I'm fine" when I'm really not.
I'm writing this post on Sunday, and will be seeing a specialist on the day this actually goes up. Hopefully I'll find out what's wrong with me then, or maybe they'll say that I need some tests done. And then we can fix it, and then I won't have to lie anymore when I say "I'm doing fine" in response to that darned question.