By: Cody Bentley
Well, it’s that time of the year again: When all the leaves on the trees display a beautiful array of colors and Mother Nature decides to cut costs on the power bill and drop the thermostat. The changing of seasons from Summer to Fall can only mean one thing: everybody in all your classes are singing a chorus of sniffling and coughing, with the melody being reinforced by sporadic sneezing episodes.
It’s inevitable, folks… Odds are, if you haven’t already gotten sick, then your time is probably approaching soon. If you are one of the lucky few who don’t get sick during this time of year, you should go ahead make plans to donate your body to science. Personally, I am just now getting over this dastardly seasonal cold that spanned my entire weekend as well as most of last week. I am happy to say that my body is clearing the battlefield today from the “Battle of Cody’s Well-Being and Motivation” that happened last week, and my room is beginning to not smell like Vick’s VaporRub anymore… but through this persistent cold I carried for a while, I decided to take note of some things that I did to help find a balance between keeping up with my life and classes while also dealing with World War Flu in my body.
“The Bacteria are flanking! Quick, Cody….SNEEZE!”
Tips for the Sick
1.) Visit the nurse!
You are sitting in class and can’t help but think about everyone around you sniffling and coughing. There is a kid setting next to you that is just permeating “sick” all over your backpack and desk: you can just tell. Then, all of a sudden, it happens: you sniffle, and then you sneeze. This is when you go straight to the nurse located in the Rec Center on campus! Right away! Go there now, before that guy sneezes on your binder AGAIN!
The school nurse is one of the most understanding and helpful staff members on our campus. I have army crawled my way into her office only to find myself leaving with a near “gift basket” of medicine to combat my illnesses. It baffles me to find out that some students had no idea that we have a school nurse… Check your Bannerweb right now: Part of your tuition goes to Health and Wellness! So instead of relying on your own disease-riddled decision making skills in your local Walgreens and the half-hearted research you did on your own with one eye open, go ahead and visit the school nurse at the first signs of getting sick. You pay her salary with your tuition, so you’ll thank me later when you feel better and saved some money on not making that trip to the drug store, where sick people like to congregate.
2.) Drink WATER, and lots of it!
I really can’t emphasize this one enough. I realize its cliche at best to tell a sick person to drink plenty of fluids when they are sick, but this advice was probably the most helpful in my recovery over the past week. Every doctor in the world probably tells every patient as they leave to drink plenty of fluids, no matter what the ailment. Carry a water bottle with you to class and try to drink the whole bottle through each class period. Water is lovely because its available everywhere and its free, which is music to any college students’ ears.
On Monday, I woke up feeling like absolute garbage. Knowing I had to get to class in 30 minutes and given my current state, I knew I had to do something to make it to class. In my terrible decision making and on the fly thought process, I stopped on the way to campus and picked up a Red Bull. This was a terrible idea: while I may have made it to class and felt semi-alert for about 20 minutes in class, the rest of the day I was drained of energy and felt like I was back at square one. So take it from me and don’t “Benedict Arnold” your immune system with dehydration. Once again, you’ll thank me later…
3.) Don’t Overdo It!
Ok, last tip…If you are like me and have a lot on your plate on a weekly basis, it can be overwhelmingly stressful to be sick and trying to keep pace with your non-sick routine. When you are sick, your body needs rest: wanna know why? Because when you are awake and alert, you do silly things that don’t help your body feel better, like buy energy drinks and stay up late doing homework. It is imperative that you listen to your biological triggers that your body sends you and rest when you need to. While you rest, your body takes care of you and works overtime in removing the cooties causing your illness. It’s kind of like having a boss that constantly gets in the way of you getting your work done, where you are the boss and your body is your employee.
Take things in smaller increments, and rest when needed. I know this is a difficult pill to swallow, but if you are sick and you push your body’s limits in an effort to get work done, you are delaying the healing process. It’s all about working with your body and not getting overwhelmed. You will do much better work when your health is back to 100%, so make your health your number one priority in this scenario.
Nobody likes getting sick, but it will be over before you know it. So what are doing still reading this? Go to the nurse and then go to bed…