I manage about 10 people in my mid-level position at a large institution (happens to an non-academic administrative position at a public university in the US, if that's relevant). I think I am generally well-liked by those I manage but tend to be pretty "by the book" when it comes to documenting problems and discipline, which has created a little distance with some of those I manage.
Recently (last wednesday) I was working despite being fairly sick with what I think was Norovirus or E. Coli, and had an unfortunate incident at work. I tried to be a hero, worked while I was probably too sick, and was not straightforward with the fact that I was feeling under the weather. Without putting to fine a point on it, let's just say there was an involuntary expulsion from my body while in my office. This occurred during a meeting with two of the people I manage. I had to end the meeting immediately and excuse myself to the bathroom. I will not go into detail, but it was not at all subtle and others in our office area were aware of the evidence of the situation.
When I returned from the bathroom, everybody stopped talking so I could see the office was already abuzz talking about the incident. I went home sick the rest of the day and on Thursday and Friday, and intend to return on Monday.
I am concerned about being able to command respect from those I manage after such an incident and am seeking advice on how to properly handle this from a managerial perspective. Do I say nothing and act like it never happened? Make a joke? Seek a transfer to another department?
Any advice is appreciated.