Yesterday, a co-worker brought in a bunch of lilacs to keep at her desk. She is a super nice person and everyone at work loves her. The lilacs were from her grandmother's garden. Normally, I love lilacs. I even tried to plant some lilac bushes in my backyard a few years ago, but the seedlings didn't take.
Everyone at work kept going on about how good the flowers smelled, but they were killing me. My head was banging away with a migraine that started on Monday, and the flowery smell in the confined space was making me dizzy and nauseous.
How do you complain about one of the most popular people at work about flowers from her grandmother's garden?
She passed me in the hallway later and asked how me how I was doing. What was I supposed to say:
"I'm not so good. Your flowers are making me want to puke"
This reminded me of the air freshener incident of 2005 when another co-worker decided to plug in an air freshener under her desk right next to mine. I ended up getting sick in the bathroom and a supervisor found me, wanting to know what was wrong. I confessed. The air freshener was removed and I got dirty looks from that co-worker for months later.
So I decided to tough it out yesterday. At this point, what is one more bad migraine day at work. Just another day of the week.