Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tis the Season to be Poorly and a well timed Wednesday Evening Rant

I am ill. It's not a cold: that was a couple of weeks ago. I have what the doctor diagnosed as a virus. Isn't it always? Apparently my inner ear is also a bit 'bulge-y' whatever that means in technical terms. All I know is I have a fairly persistent fever, cracking headache, sore ears, dizziness and nausea. It has sent me to bed where I alternate between freezing and 'glowing' my butt off and seem to have developed an ability to sleep that I haven't seen since I was a teenager.
As you can tell. I don't do being 'ill' well. Normally, if I can identify the disease, or more usefully the doctor can, then I tend to just take my medication and carry on. Sitting in lessons huddled in three jumpers while clutching a mug of decongestant in one hand and bunches of 'best before' tissues, is quite common rather than become that word dreaded by all teachers 'behind'.

So my rant today, yup, you guessed it is all about being ill. Here are my top peeves:

1. I hate going to the doctors. Most of the time it's a complete waste of time. Trying to obtain an appointment at my surgery seems like I am trying to see the Prime Minister. If I want a routine appointment, I often have to book 3 weeks in advance to see my doctor. If you're actually ill then the chances are you'll be better before you get there. Yesterday I insisted on an emergency appointment (taking on board a 40 mile round trip to and from work in the process). I'd been unwell with increasing dizziness for over two weeks, thinking it was the congestion from my cold failing to exit the system. Which is pretty much what my 40 mile round trip to the doctor told me too. Basically she didn't know what was wrong. Thus I have spent over 24 hours with an unidentified fever checking periodically that I am not ending up with untoward rashes that might indicate a more serious disease.

2. I hate being ill and living on my own. When I'm ill, I basically want to stay in bed and have food, water, hot-water bottles and sympathy served to me in bucket loads. I didn't get this as a child, but I feel that at some point I might be entitled to this. Am I the only person who hears friends have colds and rock up with a get well kit? In case you wondered, this includes: magazines, chocolates, soft tissues, films, and lots of medicine.

3. I also hate taking medicine. I am suspicious of taking too many quick fix remedies. Especially as painkillers can start giving you headaches and withdrawal symptoms. I particularly resent it for unidentified virus diagnosis. At what point does paracetamol just stop working?

4. I am pretty sure that I am annoyed with myself when I'm ill. Let's face it, I am healthier than a lot of the world's population. It's a constant inner battle between knowing that my moderate illness, in perspective, doesn't skim the surface of other folk's lives and just being a big, old, pathetic baby!

5. I definitely feel guilty about not being at work. I feel like I have let my classes down, my colleagues down and that, as I couldn't muster the energy to work at home, that I am now on the back foot. It's like that feeling you get when you go on holiday from work. There's that point when you have to return and catch up with everything you missed in the two weeks away. Sometimes one day out of school can seem like a week. It's even worse when you realise that no work is actually done when you're not there and that your 6am setting of meaningful cover is a waste of time when you can be groaning under your duvet. Professionalism is the only thing that prevents me from finding irrelevant work sheets or filler lessons. Darn my professionalism sometimes.

Are you good at being ill? Do you have any special solo survival tips? Do you want to get your rant on?
I'm linking up with Anja at Cocalores and would suggest you do to. Let's be moany-pants together.

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Laura said...

Feel better Rosie! I am awful at being sick too. Its too time consuming. I have had the same cold for over 2 weeks now and I hate myself haha.

Starr said...

I hope things get better fast!

BTW If I want an appointment for a physical, it takes 6-9 *months*.

PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

Oh my.. worst sick person erverrrrr here. Routinely update facebook with things like "dying!!!" "Goodbye cruel world" i hope you feel better sooon!

I have a rant. I am in the middle of tech week on the show Im doing and the teenage actors are the biggest bunch of whiners ever. I might accidentaly shove one of them off the stage! Im killing myself to do costumes and props and they do not appreciate it, at all! Maybe its a good thing I cant have kids (never thought Id say that!)

Cocalores said...

Oh no, that sucks! You really have to be well again before next week! (The only thing worse than being ill is being ill and on a plane.)

Hate going to the doctor, too. Usually they just tell you to stay at home and take medicine x - you'll be okay after a week. If you don't go to the doctor, you'll be okay after seven days.

Last Christmas I had 40°C fever and the hubs was in Japan - suckiest week ever! Didn't help that most friends and family live too far away to come over.

Get well soon! Watch some crappy tv, that'll cheer you up! =)

Breenah said...

I hate going to the doctor too. Half the time you only have to go so you can get an RX and it's only 5 minutes with the actual doctor. I was looking over our insurance paperwork and if we didn't have insurance Quinn's routine checkup and immunizations would have cost over $400. Instead, it's covered, but that is just ridiculous.

Sorry, I know that doesn't apply since you're not in the US but I guess I needed my own rant, lol.

Emily S said...

I suck at being ill...for the first two weeks (ending this past Monday) I'd battled food poisoning, a cold, and other assorted stomach issues relating to my out of balance thyroid, which I have yet to get my new prescription for. On top of that I've had work obligations and let's not forget about the kids and not getting them sick. I'm ready to be done with October, unless the winds change and bring something better my way! Oh, and feel better!

Alex Butts said...

Feel better! I hate going to the doctor and taking meds too, particularly because, confession: can't swallow pills

Alyx said...

ROSIE!! You are not allowed to be mad at yourself for being sick! If I was there, I'd show up in a heartbeat with some chicken noodle soup and ginger ale. Take it easy, and don't try to push yourself too hard - healthy people get sick, too. :)

Bonny @ said...

I'm sorry you are sick. I am like you; I hate dealing with doctor appointments and taking medicine. My mom used to nurse me back to healthy with lots of soup and pampering, but now that I'm the mom, I have to just suck it up when I'm sick. No soup, no naps, no pampering. Geez, I miss that. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Take care!

Lieke said...

Hi Rosie, first of all I hope you get better soon! As for your rant I so hear you!!! I also HATE going to the docter! Mainly because you always have to wait for like half an hour, and secondly because their diagnose is always: it is nothing, or 'what do you want me to do about it?'. Pfff so I try to avoid them as much a possible!

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

haha! I hate being sick. Many times I will deny it, "no my nose is running and my eyes are watering because I have allergies" Or my all time fave, "I'm not sick, I'm not sick, I'm not... *running to bathroom as fast as I can* bleeehck!"
lol I never got *nursed* as a kid when I was sick either.


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