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May 30th, 2002

An Illness Worse Than Death

I’m not sick. That’s a good thing. We’ve talked about the sick role here on the Ping before, but it got me wondering about being sick.

I think almost everyone has a notion in his or her head about what being “really sick” constitutes. For some people, it’s a really bad cold… which evokes images of using tissues every 3 seconds, running a dehumidifier, and drinking gallons of orange juice. For others, it’s anything that requires Pepto Bismol to solve. And for others, it’s cramping.

Pingers, what do you think of “really sick” as?

For me, it’s clearly anything involving the stomach and the washroom. I think I’d almost be overly pleased to have a simple cold over anything involving food and digestive problems. Of course, the best illness is “spring fever”.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 12:51:55 am
Sometimes I wish I would die of brain cancer.

FROM: Diva
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 9:19:53 am
"Really sick" to me is throwing up, food poisoning sick-ugh! But, just being "sick" is me everyday when I have to go to work.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 10:20:05 am
This is *almost* a duplicate topic. :)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 11:08:57 am
Almost. But not quite.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 11:39:59 am
I think being "really sick" for me is being crashed on the couch with the realization that you couldn't do anything, even if you wanted to. Having stomach problems with a daily occourence for me in high school and college, so I think I got used to that -- even though I rarely have those problems anymore, when I do it's not a big deal.

FROM: Katherine [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 12:51:19 pm
To me, being "really sick" means having a fever. Coming in at a close second is any illness that causes me to throw up. I can probably count on both hands the number of times I've thrown up in my life. I just don't do it. It's nasty. I wish sinus problems counted as really sick, because that's what I have most often, but unfortunately you just have to keep plugging away when you have those.

FROM: Elizabeth [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 2:02:46 pm
How about malaria? Symptoms include headache, muscle aches, vomiting, cough, jaundice, fever, sweats, chills, and confusion leading to coma.

Or intestinal parasites, which you can get from eating vegetables or meat, walking barefoot, shaking hands, or petting a dog. They can cause anemia, coughing, intense anal itching, weight loss, fever, chest pain, and cysts in your liver, lungs, brain, and bones.

My conclusion is to never again read about all the diseases I can get in Africa until after I have already returned.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 4:27:08 pm
"Really sick" is when you feel so bad you can't or won't do the things you know will make you feel better, like eat, drink water, etc.

FROM: chantal [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 30, 2002 -- 11:00:30 pm
to me, being really sick means the opposite of the kind of sick where its worth it so that you can stay home from school/work. where you would Rather have to do work than have what you have. thats really sick

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Friday May 31, 2002 -- 1:09:01 am
To me, being really sick is the following, which I had the bad fortune of experiencing almost every day between September and January - going to work, throwing up breakfast, working for a few hours, getting a drink, throwing that up, working some more, falling asleep in the back room, throwing up some more (and if you're lucky, it's not bloody yet) closing the store, driving 45 minutes home. It's called gastroperrisus, kids, and it's not fun.

DATE: Thursday July 4, 2002 -- 10:41:29 am
Ahhh pneumonia again.....

FROM: Leo Shinck
DATE: Saturday July 27, 2002 -- 12:29:20 am
I am sick right now. I'm always sick. It's nothing that unusual for me. I've had pnemonia 5 times!!! Just kidding. But I almost got it once. (Hey, at least I know how to spell pnemonia, I think...) I try to look on the bright side - a common a cold seems like nothing to me. I even have "sick" in my last name. Honest. It stinks. I'm sick of it! (no pun intended)

FROM: Char
DATE: Thursday January 27, 2005 -- 2:41:38 pm
Our daughter has Gastroparesis - it is a Living Hell... her name is Kristy... ANY/ALL prayers appreciated very much. Take good care All & GOD bless...

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday January 27, 2005 -- 4:35:26 pm
Leo: pneumonia Nice try though, the pn- is the toughest part.

I had the flu, and probably the beginning stages of pneumonia. It was the first time I literally felt like I had been "run over by a bus."

I lay on the bed and actually wished that death would take me because the pain was so bad.

I had the whole list: digestive system--felt like someone had removed my intestines, allowed kids to play on them for recess, and then put them back--couldn't even hold water for two days (after they violently emptied themselves of everything of course, using both ends)
Head: stuffed with fifty pounds of cotton and candle wax
Eyes: someone crushed them
Muscles: put through meat grinder and replaced
Bones:lit on fire
Lungs: 3/4 filled with sputum
Chest: Felt like 400 pound man sitting on it
Joints: filled with biting red ants
Teeth and gums: someone hit them repeatedly with a ball-peen hammer.
Vertigo and a 103 fever that only went down to 101 after I took an ice-cold shower one night. During the shower, all bodily pain moved entirely into head leaving in its wake the worst Genesee head spike in the world. I nearly fainted and caught myself on the towel rack.
This lasted four or five days. After the worst of this, I was still exhausted and short of breath for two weeks; just in time for final exams.

Oh, it was lovely. This was the famed flu of 2003. I knew a few people who went to the hospital with this bad boy. I braved it, but really, truly, wished death upon myself. I really thought death was coming anyway.

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