For the first time since I graduated college, I succumbed to an illness worse than the everyday cold. I’ve been out of commission for almost a week and I learned a few things from this experience. I thought I might share them with you all.
- Need a prescription filled? Get off your ass and go pick it up at the pharmacy. Try not to cough on too many people on the bus or subway on the way there.
- Keep a stockpile of chicken soup cans for emergencies. Unless you’ve got a spouse or a main squeeze, nobody is bringing you sustenance.
- On that thought, having some tissues and basic cold medicines around would also be a smart idea. Preferably the unexpired kind.
- Quarantine yourself in your bedroom if possible. Getting the roommate sick too benefits no one. Cause let’s be honest, they’re probably a more annoying sick person than you are.
- And don’t expect your roommate to pick up the slack on household chores, either. It won’t even occur to them that your being incapacitated means you can’t do your half; they’re just as averse to domesticity as you are.
- Take a damn sick day from work if you need to. I know it’s more tempting to save those days for long weekend trips and spontaneous Tuesdays off, but the whole office will hate you if you come to work with a visible illness.
- No matter how awful you feel, calls to your parents just to complain will not be appreciated. Especially before 8:00AM. This isn’t like when you were a kid and mommy rubbed your back and held your hair for you as you crouched over the toilet. This is the adult world and if you need to spend half the night on the bathroom floor, then you’ll be doing it without parental support.