The 10 Stages Of Getting Sick

The 10 Stages Of Getting Sick

The common cold is no joke.

As the common cold goes around taking victims, it makes you think about all the other times you have had a bug, wondering when it would end and when it would begin. Hoping that you breathe the last of the clean air around you in class and that you don`t get too close to other people with it, you have and will face these stages of sickness.

1. The "I'm invincible" stage.

Nothing can get you. Half of the student body has the sniffles but you`re flying high, dodging sneezes and not worrying about catching whatever these poor souls have encountered.

2. "I'm feeling a little something, but I'm not sick. Just a little tired, that's all" stage.

So maybe I sneezed a couple times today, didn`t go to bed until two, and ate a bunch of junk food, big deal. It won`t kill me.

3. "Oh no, okay, maybe it's time for the vitamins" stage.

This tickle is starting to get annoying. I really need to nip this in the bud. I`ll run to the store, get some Airborne, take more vitamin C, and be good as new in the morning.

4. "It's inevitable now, just a matter of time" stage.

The vitamins aren`t working. The throat irritation grows with every passing hour and I now have Kleenex in the pocket of every sweatshirt I have worn the past couple days.

5. "I'm dying. Literally dying" stage.

That`s it. The world is ending, I can`t breathe, can`t hear out of one ear, and my head feels like it`s disconnected from the rest of my body.

6. The "everyone hates you and thinks you're dramatic" stage.

I told them I am terrible when I`m sick. I do not handle it well, I admit it. At least I gave them a warning.

7. "Someone else catches it" stage.

I feel bad, but the probability of it being one of the other 100 people who don't cover their mouths when they cough or cover their noses when they sneeze makes me think it's more likely that they contracted it from someone else.

8. "They understand" stage.

Now they try to be nice, say "oh, I didn`t know this was how bad you felt, I`m so sorry.

9. Or "blame you for all the struggles in their life" (even though everyone has this bug) stage.

If it was me that gave it to you, it wasn't on purpose, trust me, just remember how many others around you have it before you put all the blame on one person.

10. The "you go back to normal and watch everyone else suffer through it" stage.

You start feeling better and then feel awful for everyone else suffering through this, offering medicine and vitamins, wishing that they felt better while being thankful that you are.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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