Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

As It Turns Out, I’m Actually A Grown-Up

When I was little, if I got sick, I would curl up into a little ball and let the sickness take over me. I wouldn’t eat or drink anything. I didn’t want to do anything except snuggle under the covers until the bacteria or virus had run it’s course. Luckily, I didn’t grow up in pre-penicillin days because that approach to healthcare surely would have had me taken out by some sort of pox by now.

But yet I made it through. I passed by an age where I had to leave my parents’ house. Well, actually I just went to college, then med school, then came home after med school, but left again after I got engaged. Long, stupid story. Just know that I live not in my parents’ house.

They always warned me that as an adult, I’d have no one to force me to take pills and drink orange juice and get better. I’d have to do it myself. Missing a day of school as a 5th grader was not the same as missing a day of work as a grown-up. I dismissed their warnings as a child. I did it because I was sick, I couldn’t care less, and I figured I’d be married as an adult and would have a husband to take care of me.

Fast forward 15 years and I’m sick again. I have to care because I have to work. Both of my Typhoid Mary impersonating parents were sick this week and their got me sick. I’ve been popping vitamin C everyday, but they had some strong shit going on in their nasal cavities. I came home from work yesterday with a terrible feeling in my throat. I took 2 Nyquil hoping that would work.

I woke up feeling even worse. I tried to take a Dayquil, but my throat was so swollen and sore that I could barely swallow it. You know you’re sick when you try to swallow a pill, can’t get it down, accidentally gag it back up, then swallow it again. What? TMI? Sorry.

I’m not married, yet, but I do live with my fiancé. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “awwww, this is where she comes in with that ‘life is great’ sweet engaged crap again. I’m sure he took good care of her.”

You would be wrong! He works days, I work nights. On weekdays, we don’t even cross paths physically, we chat on the phone while I’m driving to home and he’s driving away from home in the morning. So while I’m sick, he’s at work. And he had some music stuff to take care of (which is a story for another post) so he drove straight to DeKalb after work. He left me to fend for myself. Not that he’s the best caretaker when he is around. He’s getting better, but he’s no nursemaid material.

So there I was, ache-y, sore throat-y, sleepy, irritable, and starving. There was no one to take care of me but me. I knew I had to get up for work. I’d never missed a day and wasn’t about to start now. So Sucked on three cough drops until my throat was numb enough to take pills. I took another Dayquil, a claritin, and some Tylenol (don’t judge me, it’s not that many pills!). I made some ramen noodles so I’d have something in my stomach.

And I dragged my sorry ass off the couch and put on clothes and barely made it to work on time. I feel like crap, I’d rather be sleep. I miss my fiancé. I wish I were in 5th grade again so my momma could bring me some chicken noodle soup and my daddy could give me orange juice to take with my pills.

But I’m not in 5th grade anymore. Turns out, I’m an adult who can take care of herself. Cough.

4 responses

  1. Whenever I got sick I was never taken care of by my mom unless if I was dying of a sickness and I really couldn’t move/do anything. I’m sorry that you got sick, but hope you’ll be feeling better soon. I swear by taking Zicam the moment you think you might be sick, it helps to speed it up and doesn’t just mask the symptoms like Nyquil/Dayquil (which I take too.)

    October 22, 2011 at 08:32

  2. silverneurotic

    My Mom’s a nurse, so whenever I get sick she’s basically like…oh suck it up! Plus I never actually run fevers she’d always tell me that unless I had a fever I wasn’t really sick. Nice. So when I’m home, and sick I usually just end up hiding in my room so I can sleep in peace!

    My dad on the other hand…total sweetheart when I’m sick. Last weekend he actually went to watch football on the little tv so he wouldn’t disturb me when I fell asleep on the couch. And he made chocolate pudding!

    October 22, 2011 at 23:09

  3. Yikes for your mom, but yay for your dad!

    October 22, 2011 at 23:55