Context: I’m anaphylactic and had two reactions last week, so that was scary. I’m fine now though! I was just drugged up and couch-ridden for a while, but that’s pretty standard. I’m also not going to pretend that I wouldn’t be watching TV on the couch anyway. So here is my guide to recovering from anything that forces you into a horizontal position for extended periods of time.
1. Lie down. Shut up.
Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Just lay there and be sick. Sleep, roll over every so often, hide under your blanket and stream Netflix. Where possible, enlist your best friend to cook for you. After day 4 of this, you’re going to feel useless and itch to do something – anything – productive, but getting up will only make recovery hurt more and take longer. Believe me, just stay on that couch/bed/couch-bed.
2. People? No.
Excuse me, you’re actively attempting to make yourself feel better. You don’t need to be around people right now. Social situations are just too much for you to handle. No fake-laughing, no drama, no pretending that you can stay awake and listen to a story. None of that. Unless it’s your roommate/soulmate, avoid people. Netflix is all you need.
3. Soup for days.
Put down your phone. Do not order delivery. Did you know that soup comes in powdered form? You literally just add boiling water and boom, chicken noodle soup. (Okay, this is old news, but I was recently introduced to powdered soup and it revolutionized my college eating experience.) Anyway, soup and crackers are easy on your stomach and comforting. It’s like a hug, but in the form of food, and it just keeps on hugging you.
4. Schedule for later.
Since you’re not going to be productive for a while, work will start to pile up. Schedule it for a date and time in the future when you know you’ll be back on your feet. This will calm your anxiety from (1) and you’ll be able to specify when you’ll have your work done if anybody asks. Believe me, if you can’t sit up, you can’t work well. Sorry buddy.
How do you recover from being sick?
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