I won’t be in today, I’ve got a headache.

I had a different blog prepared for today but history was made two nights ago and we need to acknowledge it.  Please stick with me while I make a point but I first need to set it up with a little background.

After 297 consecutive starts over 19 seasons, one of the greatest individual streaks in all of sports, Brett Favre ran into an injury he couldn’t beat and sat down.

The 41-year-old Vikings quarterback, who fought through broken bones, aches, pains and personal grief to play week after week, couldn’t make it for the Minnesota Vikings in their 21-3 loss to the New York Giants on Monday night. Favre was sidelined by a throwing shoulder too damaged for even him to overcome.

Talk about commitment to your job!  How many of us can say we haven’t missed a day of work in almost 20 years.  We’ve all had days when the alarm’s gone off, we roll over, hit snooze, and think to ourselves “I just can’t make it in today”.  Most of the time we pull ourselves out of bed, jump in the shower, put on our clothes and a smile and come into work anyway but there are other days we just can’t seem to make it in no matter how hard we try.

No matter what you think of Brett Favre as a player or role model, you’ve got to admire his toughness and dedication.  Not only has Favre had to play through headaches, colds, the flu and the loss of his father he’s had to run from 300 pound linemen when he didn’t feel well at work. 

There’s a lesson to be learned for all of us; sometimes what we do is more important than how we feel and in no career field is that more true than in health care, remember, we are in the business of saving lives.

I’m a firm believer that those individuals in health care who are great at what they do didn’t choose their profession rather their profession chose them.  Confused, re-read the sentence and think about it for a second.

Thank heavens there are no 300 pound linemen chasing us through the halls of the hospital!

By the way, just in case you were wondering, my personal streak of consecutive starts (or days worked without calling in due to personal illness) is going on 15 years but I doubt you’ll see ESPN run a story about it the day it’s broken.  I believe Roger Cook, Director of Human Resources, once told me that he made it almost 28 years and it’s my personal goal to surpass him!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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One Response to I won’t be in today, I’ve got a headache.

  1. Dad says:

    As an FYI to all you readers out there I wanted you to know Craig suffered an injury to his arm much like the one Favre has. Craig sustained this injury while wrestling, yes his hand turned purple and his arm was numb. This all happened during the Christams Holidays, we had to go to Kansas City everyday for treatments, yes, Christmas day included. I’m sure that treatments and diganoses has changed since that time but Craig came very close to losing his arm. This injury ended his athletic career but not his drive and commitments.

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