From dusting shelves when we were in kindergarten to stocking shelves in middle school, my siblings and I grew up working in our dad’s pharmacy. Aside from a short stint at a grocery store to prove I could get a job on my own, I also worked in the pharmacy during high school. So did my friends. In college, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became a pharmacist. Cold and flu season in the pharmacy meant very busy days with lots of questions from sick patients.
Cold and flu season to a hockey player is different, though. Being sick might mean missing practices and games and not traveling with your team. It means watching your teammates play while wishing you were out there on the ice with your linemates. It might mean school work to catch up on and a doctor’s note for permission to return to play.