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...because I have a mild cold, and I feel like the planet is lonely and that an existential crisis is a-brewin'!

I've been denying myself a blanket for my low-grade fever because I feel that if I acknowledge my illness, I'll be even more miserable! Plus I have to write five more pages of my essay today, so there's that too.

I don't really need to complain to anyone about how I feel when I'm sick; I just need someone to have a lighthearted conversation with. I always spend time in a social room of the house when I'm sick, and then I can see and talk to everyone. If I'm out in society, among friends, it's like I'm not sick at all. But when I have to be stuck with only myself for company, it's a moaning, groaning bad time! I even have trouble sleeping, when I need it most, because I get anxious about my self-awareness and solitude.

I'm more likely to indulge in things when I'm ill, especially in food that makes me feel good. I've got salmonella??—time to eat lots of fresh cookies and ice cream! I'm sure that's an Si thing!

I think the common illnesses I hate the most are the ones that affect my sinuses, nose, and lungs. I have a long history with those. It's scary to not be able to breathe or for it to feel uncomfortable with every breath. I hate having to sleep with my mouth open. Stomach and intestinal things are awful when they dehydrate you and zap all your energy, but I find them to be quite hilarious. They also have good storytelling possibilities. I laugh at some odd things, and you either laugh or cry!
 
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I regret taking my full health for granted, and in the case of a cold, I reminisce about what it’s like to breathe through my nose and laugh without breaking down in a coughing fit.

As long as I can stay out of bed, I’m just like I am when healthy. I don’t really like being cared for, but I accept it when I’m sick (my mother has oodles of remedies so I would be a fool not to accept her help). I hardly eat anything though, my appetite is always zapped. Haven’t had stomach illness in many years (thank you God..), but I hardly ate for two weeks the last time I was ill.
 

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Like you, common colds really bother me especially if my sinuses are messed up or I have a sore throat.

I really try to keep it to myself though as I don't want my illness weighing others down both literally with them potentially catching it or figuratively with my potentially negative attitude adversely affecting them.
 

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Colds are comfortable, I can lay in bed all day and feel cozy! Much much much better than laying in bed with a migraine...that's a different story! Food poisoning? Drink two to four tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to kill it.
 

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I really try to keep it to myself though as I don't want my illness weighing others down both literally with them potentially catching it or figuratively with my potentially negative attitude adversely affecting them.
This is probably the logical evolutionary choice!
 

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When I'm sick, such as with a headcold and a lot of congestion, I get really foggy headed. Lack of focus makes it hard to get much of anything done, I'm forgetful and make a lot of dumb decisions. Even my thoughts slow down and my mind gets uncommonly quiet.

The other day I wrote quite possibly the worst essay I had ever written, and did some bizarre shit with my citations, because I had been sick for days and gotten so little sleep. The teacher called me out online about my fucked up citations and told me not to do it again, and then I got emotional and cried about it because, again, was not thinking straight. I also misread my grade, I thought it was a 56 but it was actually a 75.
 

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When I'm sick, such as with a headcold and a lot of congestion, I get really foggy headed. Lack of focus makes it hard to get much of anything done, I'm forgetful and make a lot of dumb decisions. Even my thoughts slow down and my mind gets uncommonly quiet.

The other day I wrote quite possibly the worst essay I had ever written, and did some bizarre shit with my citations, because I had been sick for days and gotten so little sleep. The teacher called me out online about my fucked up citations and told me not to do it again, and then I got emotional and cried about it because, again, was not thinking straight. I also misread my grade, I thought it was a 56 but it was actually a 75.
Yikes! I'm sorry to hear that! I hope you've recovered since then!
 

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Whatever it is, I keep it to myself and take care of it on my own -from a simple cold to bedridden-ness with delirium.

I despise being sick because it won't allow me to focus. Even with a simple cold, I just can't think, and can't be or at least feel productive, and the physical world around me gets foggy, objects seem distant, and I feel like an alien floating around.
I also despise getting attention for being sick, and being asked everyday "how are you? are you better? are you worse?" and having people cook my meals. I absolutely need to keep the control over my own life, and don't like being catered to.

My fave thing to do is to take three hot baths a day & isolate myself :) When I'm sick, I'm sensitive to voices and noises. I don't want anybody to talk to me, their voices are like nails scratching a blackboard or something... audio gets hightened. Ew go away. Or if you're staying, at least be silent, don't even breathe, you breathe too loud.
I get into a bad mood and everything annoys me more than usual. Which is why I isolate.

Also, I avoid going to the doctor. I just wait for fevers to go down, drink a bunch of herbs, hydrate, and that kind of thing. I've had infections and never took medicine, and years later a doctor told me that this was dangerous because infections that are not treated with antibiotics can leave your organs damaged. That kinda scared me, but I have to admit that I continue to avoid doctors. I always think I can get through anything on my own.

There's been two times when I was forced to be taken care of by my parents (these situations happened in my teens) because they were serious illnesses that had be bedridden. I hated all that fussing and attention, and having to eat meals I didn't cook myself. I like having control thank you.
 

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Love being taken care of (if I have a fever I want lots of drinks brought to me), often wait too long to go to hospital or the doctor, think I'm going to die "this is it, the big one..." (irrational), can get weepy, "poor me syndrome" or waaaaaay too emotional, not my usual cheerful self, can get snappy, even more quiet, go into "survival mode", sleep for hours and hours, coming out of the sickness becomes the most important thing to me, appetite goes out the window (good time to lose loads of weight). I absolutely hate sickness, love being healthy.
 

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I act normal, and I don't like to feel or made to feel like I need to be taken care of or like I need to be in bed or anything. As long as its something mild, there's no issue. There have been times where I've been in pain or something and then I'll be honest but otherwise with most things I act as I usually do.

If I'm in pain or about to faint I usually become upset or angry but that's mostly because of a sense of urgency I feel to have people help me (that sounds counter-intuitive but my siblings have proven to be especially trivializing and not helpful when one of us is sick so you have to be bossy about it for them to hold your head when you tell them you're literally about to faint). I don't faint often though, but that's a true story. I asked my brother if I could rest my head on his lap because I felt bad and he didn't let me

When it's extreme or something, then I'm sort of forceful about needing help. It depends on who I'm with though, probably not as mean with friends or strangers.
 

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When it's not bad, i will make an elephant out of a fly
When it's bad, i will minimize it.

The truth is i'm rarely sick. I can't remember the last time i've even had a cold, but it must have been four years ago. The last time i got a cold, was also the last time i visited my dad. My dad told me to leave because i was too sick and he was afraid that the children would get infected as well. I've never seen him anymore since may 2014 (i guess), and i've never had a cold since may 2014. Probably also because i'm not very used to human contact and i can't catch their diseases, since i'm not often in the environment of other people.
 

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Ah, I'm sick right now. I've had a lot of illnesses over my life because of a genetic condition I was born with which makes it easy for me to get sick - and in a way I'm grateful for the common cold because it's not a life-threatening infection!

If I'm in true medical danger, I get anxious, but try to face it head-on, and try to do all the right things to treat myself proactively. I don't get much pleasure if any out of sadness or halting my life so I just try to keep my chin up and fight it with knowledge, good practices, the help of my doctors and family, and a positive attitude. I appreciate attention in these cases because it can be genuinely frightening and challenging, and I am grateful for people who will support me and cheer me on. Love seems like the best antidote to fear.

For a garden-variety cold, I just try to be gentle and take care of myself. There is some small pleasure for me in the pause in normal routine and the imperative to physically pamper myself, which I often eschew normally. I take medicine to manage my symptoms (pseudoephedrine is a godsend for me), wrap myself in comfy clothes, drink lots of water, drink hot tea, take long, hot showers, eat healthy (strangely, it seems easier for me to eat healthy when I am sick), and have treats that feel good on my throat if it's sore, like ice cream and ice pops. I don't usually call out of work or don't go to class unless I am very ill, but do try to avoid others as much as possible so I don't pass it around. Emotion-wise I'm usually dreamy because I feel kind of removed from the world. I'm calmer but also hazier... one of the things that clued me in that I was getting sick this time around was royally messing up something at work I haven't messed up since I first started my position. I don't really feel like a cold merits much attention and it seems odd to me if others pour it on me, though I do appreciate others' recognition that I'm under the weather and them giving me a little extra time and space to take care of myself.
 
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