Tending to Your Sick Needs

It’s the second week of school and you’re just now getting into the groove of living on your own, handling all your classes, and feeling less and less homesick with each passing day.  That is, until you start to feel those sniffles coming on.

Being sick away from home can be a hard thing to deal with for the first time.  A lot of students are used to living at home where a parent took over the caregiving responsibilities, and I was no different.  For me, it really was the second week of school when I came down with a really bad cold.  However, I had a few things in mind that I knew would help me get better as fast as possible.

  • Know the Medical Center

The first thing you should do is to know where the medical center is located on or off campus.  At UC Davis, there is an extension center located near campus that’s accessible by bike or by driving.  Be aware that if you’re choosing to drive to the medical center it may be only permissible to park there with a parking pass you can purchase through the transportation office.

When I woke up one morning and knew that I was sick, I immediately called my sister who graduated the year before from UC Davis.  She told me how I could make an appointment online and at a time I was available.  It was an extremely easy process and went just as smoothly when I got there.

  • Take Medication

If your doctor prescribes you medication do NOT forget to take it.  If you miss just one day it could prevent you from getting better which means one more day of having to feel badly during your classes.

Sometimes, though, you can have a bad reaction to the medication.  I had this issue with what the doctor prescribed me so always double check if this happens to you.

The best substitute for a prescription is to drink lots of water and possibly purchase some Nyquil to help you sleep at night.  I know the worst part of a cold is sleeping at night, so getting a good night’s rest is very beneficial to getting better.

  • Relax

Luckily, for me, I had a whole weekend to rest up before I had to go back to school, which helped a lot.  So, if you have the chance to relax and not focus on school for the moment, take full advantage of this.  Your grades won’t suffer if you take a few days off.

The most important thing you need to do is take care of yourself.  No matter if it means staying home from school for a day or two, or staying in bed for the majority of the day, taking care of yourself should be your number one priority.

And if you have any questions or concerns your parents are only a phone call away.  They would be happy to hear from you and to know that you’re taking good care of yourself.  Updating them on how you’re feeling would be a good idea as well so they’re not constantly worrying about you.

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Kali White

Kali White

Kali White is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to have a career working for a publication company writing and editing. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, playing and listening to music, and travelling.