I’m sick today. I hate being sick. Which sucks, since I’ve been sick a lot the past year or so.
I never used to succumb to colds or the flu. Even those pesky ones that lingered in workplaces, clamping their fingers onto unsuspecting people and leaving miserable trails of illness cooties on desks and keyboards. I was healthy! With armor!
But now, not so much the case. Stupid germs.
I never tell my mother that I’m sick when I am. I know, your mom is the one you would run to first, right, with requests for chicken noodle soup or care packages? However, she’s convinced that I have a “compromised immune system” (yes, that is how we talk in our family) and that it’s due primarily to the fact that she couldn’t keep anything down when she was carrying me. The only food she/I apparently liked was pizza and coke which everyone knows isn’t extraordinarily nutritious. So she gets all worried and sometimes weepy when I’m sick, which in turn makes me feel all guilty.
I used to get bronchitis on a regular basis so one of the memories I have of my sick days in childhood is the pervasive scent of Mentholatum, which she used to rub onto my chest. My pj’s would get all sticky and inevitably, some of that ointment would get into my hair and I would smell like old-grandma-with-mints-in-her-purse for a couple days. It was awful.
There are plus sides to being sick as an adult, though, which I secretly love. One is that you get pampered. My boyfriend has been extra attentive, applying cold compresses to my forehead and fetching me water. The other is that I have never shed that pleasure of luxuriously watching movies and tv shows while snuggling into a warm pile of blankets, lying down and doing nothing. That slight comfort that somewhat offsets the pain and aches you get when you’re sick never quite goes away, does it? It’s almost like you’re playing hooky, when you’re not.
That being said, the downside is obvious. So I will return to my efforts at hydration with electrolyte drinks and getting some sleep. Hopefully I will be up and around soon. And then it’s back to being a responsible grown-up, earning $ and paying bills and actually fending for myself.