Friday, October 1, 2010

6 Tips For When You're Sick At College

It's getting that time of the year again. With the changing of the seasons and temperatures dropping, it's getting harder and harder to stay healthy. So, if you've already caught one of the many bugs going around, here are a few tips to live by when dealing with it.

Drink Lots of Water
I know it's hard to drink water when all that beer is staring you in the face, but your just going to have to suck it up. Drink water....LOTS of water!! And definitely no alcohol! Alcoholic beverages are a liquid diuretic (means it makes you pee, not a liquid laxative) and will drain your body of vital fluids you're going to need in order to fight what ever it is that's inside you.

Go to the Infirmary
You're paying for it in your tuition, so you might as well go. Yes, it's going to suck getting out of bed and getting down there, but you (and probably your mother) need to know what you have and if you'll need some medication to get rid of it. It would suck if you had some sort of infection and didn't go to the doctor till a couple days later; then have to miss even more school while you're waiting for the meds to kick in.

Email Your Professors If You Have To Miss Class
Coming into class two days later and saying that you were sick looks bad even if you have a note. Still get a note from your doctor to prove you were there, but also email all your professors the day of (sometime before your class starts) so that they think you really do care about being in their class and are trying to make it up. Doing it after class or after the fact, just seems like you really didn't care about missing and maybe you weren't even sick to begin with; you just wanted a day off.

Take Some Meds
I say this while taking no responsibility for any meds that you decide to take and how much of them you wish to consume. If you have a fever, however, you'll probably want to take something like a Tylenol or Advil (after consulting with your doctor of course) to "break it" and help for the aches and pains if you have any. Also, make sure that if your doctor does give you something to get rid of what you have, take the entire dose of it, even if you start feeling better. There is a possibility that an infection can return because it was not killed off entirely because you skipped some doses. And the only thing worse than being sick, is being sick AGAIN.

Get Some Rest
With a loud roommate, a small room and so many cool social events you might be missing, it can be hard to know when enough is enough and it's time to just slow down for a while. I read somewhere that people who take off work when they're sick live longer than people who don't. So next time you are stressing out about having to study for a test in class even though your feeling under the weather, make sure to ask yourself if doing pretty good on a test (because how well can you study anyway when you're sick?) is worth taking years off your life?

Eat Right
This had to be one of the hardest things to do when I was sick and lived on campus in a dorm. Without a working stove and full kitchen in my dorm, it's hard to make something healthy in a microwave. And the food selection at colleges are not much better. Try to get some fruits and stuff like that to throw in the mini fridge. The vitamins and minerals will help you get over whatever it is that you have faster and you'll be feeling better before you know it.