Yes, I'm In College And Yes, I Still Call Mom When I'm Sick

Yes, I'm In College And Yes, I Still Call Mom When I'm Sick

It's been a rough past few days but I've had amazing family and friends who've been so supportive.

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We've all been sick. It could range from a simple cough and a little congestion to those unfortunate enough to get the flu. No matter when you get it, what time of year, we are all always going to hate it. In my opinion, being sick is one of the worst feelings you could ever experience and I just so happen to get sick this past Sunday. And right before a midterm. Things certainly don't sound fun, am I right or am I right?

This past Sunday, particularly Sunday evening, I happened to develop a fever. While I did feel warm, I also happened to feel pretty cold at the same time. It wasn't a good feeling, but with cuddles, a couple episodes of "Teen Wolf," a good night's sleep, and a cold compress, I felt as good as new in the morning. Monday was pretty normal, up until my latest class which started at 8:10 p.m. During lecture, I began to experience the chills and ended up leaving a bit early in order to make sure I was OK.

After the chills had subsided, my fever returned. With some help, I was able to cool down the tiniest bit and stomach some Emergen-C. With the help of some ice and another compress, I was able to fall asleep. It was the same story in the morning: I felt better and all was OK again. But this time, it was only a couple of hours after I woke up that I began to feel warm, accompanied by some nausea and a cough. With multiple phone calls to my parents, I ended up coming home to avoid spreading whatever I had to anyone else. Turns out its just a virus, so I'm not contagious or infectious, but better safe than sorry!

Its been a rough past few days but I've had amazing family and friends who've been so supportive. They've done all they can to ensure that I was comfortable. Whether that be through checking in on me in person or over the phone, getting me a little pouch of apple juice, or anything really, I could count on them.

Even though I'm an adult, I'm glad that I'm still able to count on others to help when I truly need it. These past couple of days, I was the sickest I've ever been in my entire life, and it was great knowing that my friends were willing to run over to Hurtado or the nearest Rite Aid for anything I needed. My parents were also on stand by, constantly saying that they were willing to pick me up whenever if I felt too sick or uncomfortable. Rutgers isn't too far from, around 45 minutes, but it was good they had my back even though I'm not staying at home all the time now.

I guess the point of this article is just to thank everyone who was there for me. At this point, as I write, I no longer have a fever, and of my symptoms, only a slight cough and runny nose remain. I'm feeling much better. And its all thanks to the help of those around me. Without them, I would probably still be suffering from a high fever and the chills, plus the head and body aches, which all in all would be pretty bad. So a big thanks to my parents, roommate, and best friends for literally being the best people ever.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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The Truth About Narcan, Insulin, And Who Pays For What

"Stupid junkies, I have to pay for my Insulin but they get Narcan FOR FREE. Can you believe that?"

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Naloxone.

Let's talk about it. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan or Evzio is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone basically reverses the effects of an overdose.

As you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and every other social media platform in the world, "junkies" get indirectly bashed, undermined, and in a nutshell, told that they don't deserve a place on earth.

The most common argument used by "non-addicts" is "I have to pay for my Insulin for my diabetes, but they get Narcan for free? Wow, our government sucks and the system is a joke."

For those of you that don't know, diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

There are two types of this disease: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes that result from a variety of different factors. Diabetes can be acquired through genetics but can also be personally obtained through lifestyle, depending on the type. Aside from genetics and being born into a diabetic family, you may also be diagnosed with diabetes as a result of physical inactivity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and being overweight. In other words, if you let your body go, don't work out or do some type of physical activity, let your high blood pressure go untreated, and eat unhealthy foods; you have a chance of developing diabetes.

Next, let's talk about prices.

On average, Insulin costs $200 monthly. This depends on the brand, personal insurance, coupons, and other factors such as organizations that help people get cheaper insulin.

Narcan nasal spray costs $130 for a two-time use. You can buy it at CVS Pharmacy (and other pharmacies) in states such as Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of these states may require a prescription.

Now that you know that Narcan/Evzio isn't free, it's time to talk about other charges that are brought upon addicts when they overdose. If an ambulance is called, they have to pay for it. If they are sent to the emergency room, they also have to pay for that.

The idea that "junkies" get Narcan for free is something society has made up to make drug users feel even more guilt than they already do from having an addiction alone.

Believe it or not, most of us are addicted to something that can be fatal or cause illness/injury. If you eat processed foods or sugar ridden foods every day, chances are you have an addiction to sugar. The withdrawal that someone has from quitting sugar is similar to the withdrawal that one goes through from quitting heroin. You get a splitting headache, you have cold sweats, you are moody, and it makes you sick. If you drink coffee all day on most days and you try to quit, it results in an awful headache for a few days. The addiction to cigarettes and the withdrawal that people go through for that speaks for itself; we all know a smoker or an ex-smoker.

Instead of following social norms, degrading drug users and putting ourselves on a pedestal because we don't use heroin or another "hard drug," we should advocate for the health and stand up for each other. If you see someone on the street that you know is a drug user, pull them aside and pray with them. Help them find a better life. Recommend church, rehab, or any other ideas that may be at your fingertips to mention.

The moral of the story is this: we all have an addiction, hypocrisy is at it's finest thanks to social media, and we are all human. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them. It doesn't cost a dime to shed light on someone's life, especially when they are in need.

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