Constant sweating, a sore throat, a running nose and coughing up mucus are just a few of the symptoms I’ve experienced lately. I’ve been locked in my room for two days hiding under the covers, hoping that I can sweat this plague out of my body. After a few days of initial suffering, I nutted up and marched down to the health center. After about two hours of waiting, they informed me that I was the proud owner of a viral infection. Lucky me. Sadly, they said the only thing to do was to wait it out (I think doctors said the same thing in 1492).
The doctor told me pretty much what every doctor I’ve ever seen in my lifetime has told me: drink lots of fluids and get plenty of bed rest. The problem is that I’m in college, so I don’t sleep. Frankly, I’m appalled that a university-run clinic doesn’t take that into account. The only fluids most college kids drink contain massive amounts of alcohol.
After receiving this news, I scooted on down to CVS to stock up on every medication I could find. Hello NyQuil and DayQuil, my dear friends. I also bought some vitamins and some aspirin. I dropped about $30 total. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing (“MythBusters” quote). Good thing I have a Brita water pitcher and an old Dasani bottle.
While I’m waiting for the NyQuil to kick into high gear, I do what any sick person does…I look up my symptoms on WebMD. My results span from mumps to goiter and maybe I should add heart attack to my symptoms. I found the reason people turn into clean freaks…WedMD.
As of now, all I have is a half-eaten pizza in my fridge and my meds to keep me alive during this struggle. Let me tell you, it is real. Very real. I feel like a crackhead living in squalor. But then again, most college students feel like this. If I don’t make it through this, tell my editor-in-chief I love her.