November 1st, 2007 Jamie
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A few months into college, I got sick. All I wanted was to have my mom bring me toast and juice. Instead, I had a roommate annoyed by my coughing, pretty hard classes, approaching midterms, and a teeny tiny college budget. Sound familiar? Here are a few things you can do to help get back on your feet faster:
Listen to your Body. If you feel tired, take a nap (or at least lay down and rest). If you’re hungry, don’t put off eating. Your body knows what it needs—so listen to it!
Get More Sleep. Chances are, if you’re in college, you aren’t getting enough sleep. That seems to be how it works. If you’re sick, you need to sleep more so your body has time to recover.
Drink Lots of Fluids. Fluids hydrate your body, which helps to keep it healthy. Be sure you are drinking nourishing liquids like chicken soup, and 100% fruit juice, and stay away from dehydrating beverages like alcohols and sodas.
Treat Your Symptoms. If you decide to pick up some medicine, make sure you take something that will treat what you have. Read small print on the back of the box to see what symptoms the medicine treats, and be sure it is safe for you to use. Law student and blogger Brett McKay has some great non-medicinal ways to “Kill a Cold Without Killing Your Budget” and WebMD has some more suggestions about treating a cold.
Know When to See a Professional. If resting and taking good care of yourself doesn’t cure you, you might need to go see a doctor. WebMD recommends you seek professional help if you have a persistent fever or coughing, have trouble keeping food down, have chest pain, have headaches or congestion that won’t go away, have painful swallowing, or find it difficult to breathe.
Wondering what to do if your roommate is sick? Check out this post for help: My Roommate is Sick, Now What?
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