It’s been days since I’ve fallen sick. It started out with a common cold which has now resulted in the worst cold I’ve ever had in my life until now. I can say that with confidence as I have a lot of experience with falling sick. Trust me on that one.
Growing up I was that kid who falls ill every other day. In these 365 days that make a year, around 60 days was when I was healthy – no exaggeration here. My immune system was a serious joke, I couldn’t even call it an immune system!
My memories from the age of 1 till 8 are all about me falling sick. During the days when I din’t fall sick, I used to feel really weird. I was so used to falling sick that the idea of feeling healthy seemed strange.
But not to worry now. My immune system does its job quite well now. I still remember in 4th grade when the teacher told me that I had full attendance I went, “What? Did this just happen?” My teacher had a really puzzled look on her face and maybe in that moment she thought I went crazy. I won’t blame her for thinking that.
It’s not like I don’t fall sick at all now. That’s never gonna happen. It’s just that the frequency rate is quite a bit low. I only fall sick when the weather changes and when I eat something my stomach still doesn’t accept in it’s land. And that’s so much better for me.
As you can see, a lot of my life’s experiences are related around illnesses. So since my body is still in recovery from this annoying cold which has given me a fever, a sore throat, a runny nose, a back pain and a head ache -all in the span of five days – I thought it’s a good time to share with you all some of my expertise. After all that’s why we are here, to share our pain with each other. When I know I can make you suffer by making you read this poorly written post then I’m not going to miss out on this opportunity. I suffer so you suffer. Muahahaha
Now falling sick isn’t all that bad. You do get a lot of benefits from this. And as all the wise people have said, we need to look at the positive side of the bad stuff happening to us which will help us find a way through it all. They din’t exactly say this but I’m pretty sure it’s something along these lines.
So now you and me are going to go through the pros of falling sick :
1. The Royal Treatment – Since you are incapable of doing things for yourself, the people around you readily do it for you. This obviously means that you have to do absolutely nothing. You can just lay in bed and ask someone to pass you the book that is in the shelf near you, and they will come running from the other room to do just that. It’s the perfect time to be lazy.
2. Getting to sleep the day through – We everyday complain about how much we lose out on sleep because of our hectic schedules. Even the weekend sometimes gets too cramped up with so much to do. Since our body is already too weak, you can easily go to sleep without any fuss. Nobody and nothing is going to disturb your precious sleep.
3. All the food you want – You get to eat a lot of food and no one is going to complain about that. Whatever you want, you get it. From soup to cake – everything. Except cold stuff. Why would you want something cold in the first place? Aren’t you ill? Oh wait….you can’t eat everything. Few exceptions can be made right?
4. Temporary leave from the horrid places – You get to take leave from wherever it is you’re supposed to be. Either the office or school. You’re free! And when you go back, you have a whole new energy inside of you. Let’s be honest, it’ll get drained out the minute you set foot into the place again – but let’s leave that out right now.
5. Unleashing the anger – Do you know about all that anger which you have been suppressing inside of you from the past months (or maybe years)? The ones that were caused by either some nagging relative or by that annoying colleague at your work place? You never are able to let it all out but looks like the golden opportunity has now arrived. You can let all of your anger out on basically anyone without worrying that you are going to upset them. Why? Because they know you are sick so they are going to forgive you. They won’t even take your outbursts seriously. Such a relief for you isn’t it?
Now we need to get to the darker side of all this. The negatives of falling ill are a lot. Like a lot. So let’s get to them now. Together of course. I’m not leaving you now.
1. Life sucked out of the body – That cold has eaten up every bit of life that remains in your body. You forget what walking feels like. Do not even talk about the energy levels. They are at a whole new level of low. Wait a minute. What is energy? I don’t remember feeling energetic. Are you saying I used to be energetic once? That was a lifetime ago mate.
2. Plastic surgery might be a requirement – At least that’s what you think. Your face is discolored. You’ve actually become pale and if your friends visit you then they are going to crack jokes about how you may have turned into a vampire. In a matter of days you feel like your face has changed shape. You look at yourself in the mirror and scream, “That’s not me! Who is this person? That’s not meee!!”
3. The weird feeling of being tired – Feeling tired is the weirdest feeling ever you experience when you’re sick. Why? Because how in the world can you get tired by doing absolutely nothing? You’re just laying in bed and now you’re tired? What is happening?
4. Losing out on sleep – As I said in the pros – you can sleep to your heart’s content. But somehow you just can’t. This is the only opportunity for you to sleep but your body refuses to do so. You’re so sleepy but still you can’t sleep. You try all sorts of things to fall asleep but everything goes to waste.
5. The death of the beloved taste buds – You can eat anything you want but what’s the use when you can’t taste anything? Your favorite cake tastes bland. Pizza tastes like plain bread. Food isn’t food anymore. This is so cruel! I’m just going to sit by myself here and cry …..
6. Anger level = Hulk – Every little thing angers you. Even if you drop a drop of water you are going to get so angry you could punch a wall. You are not going to be able to get through the day with a straight face. You are not going to be happy. The only emotion you feel is anger.
7. Horrible tasting medicines – Do I really need to explain this?
8. Talk no more – I talk a lot. Really, really a lot. And this one hurts me a lot. I lose the ability to talk even when I get a slight fever. If I even try to talk, then I get really tired. If I have a sore throat then I lose my voice which is the most frustrating thing in this whole world for me. I want the ability to express myself through my voice. I need it!
By the looks of it, the cons outweigh the pros in this case. So here’s the lesson people – even if the good side seems brighter, do not fall sick. I repeat, don’t fall sick. It’s the most torturous thing in this entire universe. Try your level best to avoid getting hit by those bacteria that take over your body and make you feel less human.
And if your efforts to stay away from this situation fails miserably and you end up falling sick, then I’m here for you.
What are somethings that you experience when you fall sick?