7 Things You Start To Miss About Home When You Get Sick At College

7 Things You Start To Miss About Home When You Get Sick At College

Taking care of yourself in college when you get sick which makes you miss the comforts of home.

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As a freshman currently living in a dorm, I can confidently say that being sick in college is the absolute worst. Especially this being my first year here. While I lay in bed, tissues piling up in my trashcan, I begin to reminisce about everything that I took for granted back home.

So please, sit back, relax, and delve into this journey of self-pity that I'm sure many of you can relate to:

1. You miss the comforts of your own bed.

In a dorm, our mattress size is a Twin XL. Back home, I had a queen bed that carried me through the flu, many of my periods, and multiple common colds.

2. You miss being able to control your surroundings. 

Having control over the amount of light, the temperature and the noise levels in your comfort zone are things that I miss the most in general while living in a dorm, but I miss it the most when I'm sick. My roommate obviously has school work and normally likes to keep the lights on and play her videos out loud, which is totally fine because she is also paying $3000 dollars for this tiny ass room we subject ourselves to. But in moments like these, I really do miss having my own room in my own house.

3. You miss being able to be as disgusting as you want.

I won't lie to you, I turn into the world's biggest slob when I'm sick. When the trashcan overflows with tissues when I'm home, I don't necessarily take out the trash bag and replace it but rather, I'll just keep piling on the tissues so that even the floor around the bin is covered with my grossness as well. I would never subject my roommate to that, so I actually have to be responsible and clean when I'm sick now and it's the worst.

4. You miss the local comforts. 

Back home, when I would get sick sometimes I would miss the familiarity of my surroundings. if I got sick of being inside for the whole day, I would go to Anderson Park or the Dunedin Causeway. However, everywhere I go on campus, there are so many people when that's exactly what I want to avoid. Because on top of being sick, I become a hermit.

5. You miss your dog (or other pets).

There's nothing better than snuggling your doggy while you're sick. It's as though my dog knows that I'm not feeling well and he acts like a little furnace/snuggle bug. Unfortunately, University Housing has a dumb rule where dogs aren't allowed in your dorm rooms, so I just miss him the most.

6. You miss the home-cooked meals.

Since it's my freshman year and I share a space with another person, a meal plan was the best route for me to go because it is just easier in the long run. However, in moments like these where I just want some home cooked food and not have to wear pants in order to go get food becomes one of the more distressing parts about being sick in college. Can you tell how dramatic I am?

7. You miss those who take care of you the best. 

Most of all, I just miss the comfort of my parents. My mom is the type of caretaker who will snuggle me and smother me with love until I get better because that is the best medicine of all time. My dad is the type of caretaker to lecture me about how to not get sick, while practically spoon feeding me Chipotle because he knows I love that the most.

I hope you guys took some joy and comfort in knowing that you're not alone in being a little bit of a baby when you get sick. Missing home is incredibly common in college, but it seems even harder when you get sick.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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A Second Person Has Achieved Long-Term Remission Of The HIV Virus

A second man has had long term remission of the HIV virus.

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Over a decade after the first man, known as the Berlin Patient, was declared HIV-free, another patient may also be cured. Though it's too early for scientists to say for sure, the London Patient has been in a long term remission for around 18 months without the help of medication. Both men were treated with a bone marrow transplant. However, these stem cells carried a rare mutation in the genes that affect the production of the CCR5 protein, which HIV viruses latch onto to enter the cell. The virus cannot latch onto the mutated version of the protein, thus blocking its entry into the cells.

With the transplant of these HIV resistant genes, the body effectively builds a new immune system free of the virus.

After the Berlin Patient went into remission, scientists tried and failed to replicate the cure and were unable to until the London Patient, whose HIV count has reduced into undetectable numbers. While this is extremely helpful, bone marrow transplants are not a viable option to cure all HIV infected people, as it is an extremely risky process and comes with many side effects. Even so, scientists are developing ways to extract bone marrow from HIV infected people, genetically modifying them to produce the same mutations on the CCR5 gene or the inability to express that gene at all, and then replacing it back into the patient so they can still build resistance without the negative effects of a bone marrow transplant. There have also been babies whose genomes have been edited to remove the CCR5 gene, allowing them to grow up resistant to HIV.

This does not eliminate the threat of the HIV virus, however.

There is another strand of the virus, called X4, that uses the CXCR4 protein to enter the cell. Even if the editing of the CCR5 allows immunity against one strand, it is possible for a person to be infected with the X4 strand of the virus. Despite this, immunization against one strand could save a countless number of lives, as well as the vaccine that is currently in the stages of development for HIV. Along with the London Patient, there are 37 other patients who have received bone marrow transplants, six of which from donors without the mutation.

Of these patients, number 19, known as the Dusseldorf Patient, has been off anti-HIV drugs for 4 months. It may not be a complete cure, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

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