Sick at school.

Hi everyone! I got sick over Fall Break and, unfortunately, have carried that over into this week at school. I have spent most of the last three days back at Hope either napping in my bed or sleeping on the couch out in my cluster… Usually during the wee hours of the morning. I like to think it’s a nice surprise for people to see me sleeping on the couch when they get up for their early classes. Since I’m not at home with my parents to take care of me while I’m sick, it has been kind of weird, but my friends have been really helpful, so that’s really cool! Here is my list of must-haves if you get sick at school!

Health Center

There is a health clinic in the Dow Center on campus. I finally went to it yesterday and they gave me some antibiotics that I think are already helping me, along with some other throat lozenges and stuff to help get me through! I should have gone earlier but I can be a little stubborn at times and kept telling myself I was already getting better even though I wasn’t. I ended up being glad I went. After starting some antibiotics yesterday, I was able to stay in my room for the whole night last night instead of going out to the couch. This was a first since I’ve been back from break.

Comfort Food

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While I’ve been sick, I haven’t had too much of an appetite at all, but these are easy to eat. Luckily, before I came back to school, I went and bought a few of each of these, not realizing how glad I was going to be that I have them. My friend Kelly also went out and picked up some more soup and medicine for me yesterday. I really haven’t felt like going over to Phelps to get dinner (not that I could tell them my order anyway because I still don’t have a voice), so it’s been nice to be able to run down to the basement of Dykstra and make these quickly.

A Favorite TV Show

I’ve been watching Boy Meets World again from the beginning since I got sick and I am loving it. I haven’t seen most of the episodes in years (if ever) so it’s fun to watch them. Basically when I wake up from a nap I just watch one episode and then I’m ready to nap again for a while after that. Just like I’m going to be ready for a major nap after this blog post.

By the way, I took five naps yesterday. I consider that a pretty great achievement.

Water Bottle

Having a water bottle by my side at all times has been an absolute must while I’ve been sick. It makes me feel so much better. I have a YoungLife Camelbak water bottle that I love because I don’t have to tip it upside to get a drink or anything. It has a spill-proof straw in it so I can just grab it in the middle of the night and take a drink without having to unscrew anything or worry about spilling. There’s a water fountain right down the hall that I’ve been using to fill it up, so that’s been convenient too.

Naps

I don’t think anyone would argue with the importance of naps while you’re sick. I’m planning on spending pretty much this whole weekend sleeping with a little bit of homework mixed in so I will hopefully be feeling way better by Monday!

What are your must-haves when you’re sick? Leave a comment, send me an email at kathryn.krieger@hope.edu, or tweet and follow me on Twitter: @hopekathryn17! Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great weekend!

Published by Kathryn Krieger

I'm a Hope junior from Princeton, Illinois, majoring in Ethics, Culture, and Social Witness with a music minor. I am a follower of Christ and I am involved in Chapel Worship Team at Hope. Previously, I have been involved in Chapel Choir, Black River WyldLife, Res Life, Dance Marathon, a small women's Bible study, College Chorus, Women's Chamber Choir, and Collegium Musicum. I also currently help lead music at Pillar Church! I also love pork chop sandwiches, music of all kinds, The Office, and my wonderful friends and family! Contact me at kathryn.krieger@hope.edu, @kathrynekrieger on Instagram, or @hopekathryn17 on Twitter!

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