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The Worst Part of Being Sick · 17 September 2022


The worst part of being sick is well… being sick.


I do not like to complain, but I am going to do it anyway. In a kinda sorta tongue in cheek way.


I recently went through a bout of COVID. Five days of not much fun. Well, technically six days since the first day of symptoms is called day zero. Which is one of the better things about the COVID protocols. Everybody else counts like computer geeks and starts with zero.


At any rate.


The worst part of being sick is the fever. Well, not the fever exactly. The aches that come with the fever. For me, my whole body aches. Like I had been punched on every muscle in my body. Especially, my arms and legs. But worse than that, if I have not been drinking enough fluids, I tend to get cramps too. Usually the muscles in my legs or feet. Those feet cramps are the worst.


But there are other worst effects too.


I tend not to eat much when I get sick. Which is not too bad. You know. Starve a fever. But if I do not eat for too long I get a little light headed when I walk around. That is the worst. Going up and down the stairs to get this or that. Making a misstep or having to grab the hand rail to stay steady. I know. Somebody will surely comment that it is just me getting old, but that is not the cause. And quit calling me Shirley!



But seriously, the worst part of being sick is isolation. At least the worst part of having COVID. You need to stay away from everybody. Don’t be near anybody so you can’t breathe on anybody. Don’t breathe on anybody so you don’t get anybody sick. Which makes sense. It makes even more sense not to breathe at all until you are healthy again. At least if you could survive.


I suppose when it comes down to it, there are many worst parts of being sick. Did I mention the aches? Did I mention fever? Did I mention chapped lips? How about not being able to drink enough water? Or feeling a little light-headed when walking around? Or isolating? Well, I might have missed some, but those are the worst things for me.


I know. They cannot all be the worst part just by definition of worst, but they are.


Well, there is one more worst part of being sick. Not having a clear mind to write. Surely that is a worst thing too. (And no. I didn’t call you Shirley.)


When it comes right down to it, there is really just one worst part of being sick. The worst part of being sick, COVID or otherwise, is just being sick. (Of course, you already knew that.)


Be healthy.

© 2022 Michael T. Miyoshi

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  1. I hope you feel better soon. Covid isn’t a fun illness at all.

    Lydia · 19 September 2022, 07:34 ·

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