Feeling Sick On Campus? Here’s What To Do.

I remember the first time I got sick at school. It was freshman year and I couldn’t even get out of my bed without the possibility of emptying the contents of my stomach all over my dorm floor. There was only one thought that kept going through my head,

“Man, I wish I was at home right now!”

There’s something about being sick that makes you want your home, your mom, and your own bed. Unfortunately, unless you go to school close to home this isn’t really possible.

Here are some ways to cope with being sick at school and making sure you take the necessary steps to get over your sickness completely.

  • Go To the Doctor

If you’re sick, you’re sick. There’s no way around it. Go to the doctor and make sure you don’t have anything out of the ordinary. Plus, if you don’t get the necessary medication you’ll only stay under the weather for longer.

Translation: don’t drown yourself with NyQuil all day in order to feel better; especially if it’s not your average flu.

Case in point, my friend Mike…We weren’t in college when this happened, but we were out all day and he kept complaining about his stomach hurting. My friend Joe and I insisted he suck it up and get his act together. Lo and behold our surprise the next day to find out that he was getting his appendix removed and it had almost burst. I’m not saying this is probably going to happen, but just a tale of caution and advice.

  • Eat and Drink

It may be hard to get out of bed and your refrigerator may only consist of condiments, but it’s important you eat and drink as much possible to make sure your body has enough nutrients and more to get over your illness. Equally as important, make sure you’re eating healthy food. A greasy cheeseburger isn’t going to give you your vitamin C.

  • Notify Your Teachers

Falling behind is never good and if you’re like most college students, procrastination is basically second nature to you. Being sick can really have an effect on your studies and it’s important to let your teachers know. Most professors I’ve dealt with really understand and they just let me know what I need to do and where I need to be in the course. Others require a doctor’s note, which is another reason why it’s always good to go the doctor. Actually doing your homework is a different story while you’re sick and it’s the reason taking care of yourself at school is vital. Getting sick for a couple days can put you behind schedule for a couple weeks.

  • Clean Your Room

This is not only important for preventing the build-up of germs and bacteria in your place, but it’s also absolutely necessary if you want to make sure you don’t get sick again. All the germs on your pillows, sheets, sink, computer; everything needs to be disinfected and cleaned. Otherwise you could end re-contaminating yourself or even worse, your roommates.

  • Get Some Rest

When you’re sick, you’re body is already under more stress than usual. Don’t make this worse by going about all your daily routines as usual. I have a bad habit of doing this when I feel under the weather because I don’t like being sick so I mentally tell myself everything is fine. I go about my day, my exercise routine, sleep as normal. Ultimately, this ends up setting me back even further and I’ll end up sicker than when I started. If you’re sick, make sure you get more rest than usual and take it easy on your body. You’ll thank yourself later.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.