When I was a kid, I used to get sick a lot. Allergies, mono, strep throat, flu, you name it, I got it. I was like a magnet for germs. And I rarely got to stay home from school, which installed a “go to work/school no matter what” mentality for me.
My friends who have known me for awhile know that I rarely take sick days or go home early.
And since I’ve been out on my own, I haven’t really needed to take a lot of sick time because *knock on wood*, I’ve been overall pretty healthy.
But I now notice that when I do get sick, I go DOWN like a sack of potatoes and instantly morph from being an adult into a child.
When I get sick, the following things usually happen:
- I forgo any sense of hygiene outside of brushing my teeth (showering? optional)
- I stop picking up my house and it becomes littered with cups, tissues and blankets that I’ve kicked on the floor
- My level of annoyance about things goes up by 100 percent
- I retreat to the couch and lay like a beached whale on it with the remote dangling in my hands
- I turn to napping (which I never do, so that’s another sign of illness)
- I start to complain…a lot
The complaining part is actually kind of funny (once I’ve recovered) because my dad will call to check in on me and he really is talking to a child.
For example, I’ve been sick lately and when I went home from work yesterday, our conversation went something like this:
Dad: How are you feeling?
Me: Icky *sniffles*
Dad: What does that mean? Sore throat? Cough?
Me: Icky means icky, I’m just really run down and feel like crap *whimpers*
Dad: What are you taking to feel better?
Me: Stuff, I dunno, ibuprofen, cough drops, water *pouts*
Dad: Okay well get some rest and I’ll check in with you later
Me: I don’t like feeling sick, can’t you come take care of me and make this go away *bats eyelashes, even though we’re on the phone*
Dad: No, get some rest
Then I’ll usually hang up the phone in a huff and go back to watching TV.
I know, I’m so mature.
Are you like this when you get sick or do you prefer to just be left alone?