Heres a few survival tips that will help you get through a week (or two) of college while sick
Being away from home for long periods of time, and living up to the hard working, studious standard of being a college student is hard enough without being sick! Its times like this when we wish we were at home, in our own bed, eating homemade soup and watching cable TV while mom caters to our needs and nurtures us back to health. We've all been there, and if you haven't, you're one of the lucky ones, but trust me winter is approaching quickly, and soon enough this will likely benefit you as well. Lets all face the inevitable, everyone gets sick every now and again… but being sick, and away at college, feels equivalent to another finals week. It is exhausting.
College, known as a place where us young adults contract our knowledge through hours of studying, lectures, interactive classes etc. It is also knows as germ paradise where students pass along viruses and colds from sharing dorms, community bathrooms, etc. It happens. But there are ways to get through it, don't panic!
Here are a few tips, I have personally been able to vouch for that help me while sick at school.
Supplies you'll need or should consider!
1. Lysol - This will work as a disinfectant spray to kill germs and get rid of the virus on surfaces to shorten the risk of not getting sick again, or passing on your virus to others who enter your domain.
2. Hand sanitizer - Just a little extra protection between hand washes when you're out an about!
3. Cough Drops- Coughing in class is always somewhat distracting and embarrassing, especially when you're trying not to call attention to yourself, carry around a few cough drops at a time to minimize the urge to sooth your itchy throat!
4. Chamomile Tea, accompanied by honey and lemon- The ultimate weapon against any sickness is honey and lemon, these work as antioxidants, as well as homemade anti-inflammatory, and a great source of vitamin C! Chamomile tea relaxes you and insures for a good nights rest as well as heals unrest in your stomach.
5. Tylenol PM- Always good to have a little sleep assistance when you're sickness causes discomfort. We all know it can be tough to get to sleep or STAY asleep while sick, especially if you're woken up by night sweats, coughing or can't breath from a stuffy nose!
6. Ibuprofen- Good for body aches, and fever reduction
7. DayQuil- For those long days of class, and lectures you cannot afford to miss, DayQuil always helps numb the pain during the day without making you drowsy! I realize medicines like this can be expensive, but trust me off brands work just as well!
8. Liquids- I can't stress enough how important it is to get a lot of fluids while sick in order to avoid dehydration. Lots of water, certain juices or even gatorade are all good sources of fluids to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
9. A care package from home- When calling home complaining about sickness parents usually tend to sympathize.. this is a good time to pull the care package card and take advantage! (haha) Ask if possible, could your mom, dad, or maybe even grandparents send a little home comfort to help you while sick. Its always good to ask for things like mini orange juice bottles to fill your fridge, crackers to go with your soup, Kleenex, Pepto Bismol, Emergen-C pouches, or Mucinex. This way all your bases are covered, and you'll be fully prepared for the next time you get sick.
Last words of advice
In closing, my final words of comfort would be that all sicknesses are temporary, do not panic or overwhelm yourself. It is OKAY to miss a class or 2, as long as you email your professor so that it can be excused. Sometimes a break is necessary, over exerting yourself while sick has worse consequences that missing one class. During times like this having good friends is always a significant uplifter, so although you may want to lock yourself in a dungeon, and sulk in your sickness, don't isolate yourself too much. Lastly, if you feel like anything is out of the ordinary, pay a visit to your campus nurse immediately.