20 Things People who are Perpetually Sick Know to be True
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20 Things People who are Perpetually Sick Know to be True

Written by the sick, for the sick, while being sick.

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20 Things People who are Perpetually Sick Know to be True

  1. You aren't quite sure what it means to feel "100%" because you're usually hovering at a solid 80% on a good day. 

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  2. Sometimes doing even the simplest of tasks feels like a five hour workout. Can I nap yet? 

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  3. Pneumonia? ✓ Bronchittis? ✓  Raging this weekend? I've tried at least.

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  4. People constantly ask you "weren't you sick yesterday?" Yes, I was and I still am, but I have a social hierarchy of needs that isn't going to just fulfill itself.  [rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F02%2F22%2F6356023870201499461554836889_tumblr_m8jqkvF0fA1qcja7co1_500.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=526&h=ff451b46fd58f0f371b9148d6ba1913d648a31710a9a5604f3856ad73fd7179e&size=980x&c=1389911935 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2015%252F02%252F22%252F6356023870201499461554836889_tumblr_m8jqkvF0fA1qcja7co1_500.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D526%26h%3Dff451b46fd58f0f371b9148d6ba1913d648a31710a9a5604f3856ad73fd7179e%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1389911935%22%7D" expand=1]
  5. By some miracle if you are actually not sick, you usually overexert yourself so much that you'll be sick again in a matter of days.  
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  6. You worry that your liver can't handle the perpetual mix of antibiotics, Tylenol, ibuprofen and cough medicine.
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  7. Tissues have replaced your significant other.

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  8. Your immune system feels like its one weekend away from collapsing completely.  [rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F02%2F22%2F635602383466952735-1183910541_Im-dying.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=70&h=7addfce7cf813b03ddc7e3ea09aeb0423f12f84ab905d18189640370f1b71a81&size=980x&c=3097080852 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2015%252F02%252F22%252F635602383466952735-1183910541_Im-dying.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D70%26h%3D7addfce7cf813b03ddc7e3ea09aeb0423f12f84ab905d18189640370f1b71a81%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3097080852%22%7D" expand=1]
  9. Your dating life has pretty much ceased to exist. 

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  10. People actually get disgusted by you. You can't help it if you're coughing, sneezing and being germy.  [rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F02%2F22%2F635602382282953529-1799736303_tDCqe2TKTsav9czJQ5rm_Horrified%2520by%2520Ice%2520Cream.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=828&h=90d012948c95cc9b04f09502fe365b4d53a1d7d57fcafd9ed3ce6006c77f825c&size=980x&c=455048508 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2015%252F02%252F22%252F635602382282953529-1799736303_tDCqe2TKTsav9czJQ5rm_Horrified%252520by%252520Ice%252520Cream.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D828%26h%3D90d012948c95cc9b04f09502fe365b4d53a1d7d57fcafd9ed3ce6006c77f825c%26size%3D980x%26c%3D455048508%22%7D" expand=1]
  11. You can't help it when every single day feels like this.     
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  12. People don't want to hang out with you because they're convinced you are going to give them "the next plague". 

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  13. (When in reality they probably gave it to you).
  14. Naps become more important part of your day.

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  15. "You don't look sick to me". No, but my kidneys feel like they're failing so there's that. 

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  16. Or "you look god awful". Thanks for the pleasant reminder.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F02%2F21%2F6356013711050012801254918042_JLp2oAoRfG16uis6Ux23_What%2520Da%2520Fuq.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=1002&h=01fa57641e06450036e29a759b638d8fac32797a107bcb28cd017c77040d7553&size=980x&c=348244974 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2015%252F02%252F21%252F6356013711050012801254918042_JLp2oAoRfG16uis6Ux23_What%252520Da%252520Fuq.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D1002%26h%3D01fa57641e06450036e29a759b638d8fac32797a107bcb28cd017c77040d7553%26size%3D980x%26c%3D348244974%22%7D" expand=1]  
  17. Or the even better " Are you just not feeling well?" [rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F02%2F23%2F6356024915157924841594912386_giphy-3.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=404&h=a13547648a8a32d498cb369c615d9e04ddb940bcbc63dd589179dbf9f940af11&size=980x&c=2986789439 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2015%252F02%252F23%252F6356024915157924841594912386_giphy-3.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D404%26h%3Da13547648a8a32d498cb369c615d9e04ddb940bcbc63dd589179dbf9f940af11%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2986789439%22%7D" expand=1]
  18. Or my personal favorite, "But hey! At least you don't have something that's actually bad you know. Like a tumor or something!" I'm not going do dignify that with a response.             [rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F02%2F23%2F635602491918527310-321603105_RO2nTzgbRrS2CIncJiFa_Dog%2520Dont%2520Touch%2520Me.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=865&h=7e884525da9832debdd991cbd523b42f01c57794d57c8eddf5b1e1a82fa6ae76&size=980x&c=4230265885 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2015%252F02%252F23%252F635602491918527310-321603105_RO2nTzgbRrS2CIncJiFa_Dog%252520Dont%252520Touch%252520Me.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D865%26h%3D7e884525da9832debdd991cbd523b42f01c57794d57c8eddf5b1e1a82fa6ae76%26size%3D980x%26c%3D4230265885%22%7D" expand=1]   
  19. When you finally feel healthy again, it's an emotional experience for you. 
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  20. Because by the time you finally get better, your friends will get sick and it's back to square one.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F02%2F23%2F635602495476626146153392724_giphy-2.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=505&h=903e77f8a8f5aaca613c504f196433ed62f5ee70c5bacc1eb74fd7d3fbe21b54&size=980x&c=771563266 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2015%252F02%252F23%252F635602495476626146153392724_giphy-2.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D505%26h%3D903e77f8a8f5aaca613c504f196433ed62f5ee70c5bacc1eb74fd7d3fbe21b54%26size%3D980x%26c%3D771563266%22%7D" expand=1]

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