Ursa Major

Coping with Being Sick

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I tested positive for COVID-19 in October, 2020, after briefly interacting with a relative who was positive and didn't know it. Since then, I have found myself getting sick far more often, with varying severity. There are a lot of factors that could be causing this, like how I've returned to in-person school after being almost entirely indoors for a year. Maybe my immune system just needs to catch up after not having to deal with illness (except COVID) for so long.

I'm sick again, and this time the cold is pretty bad. I have a lot of facial congestion, making it impossible for me to breathe through my nose or taste any of my food. I have fluid in my left ear so I can barely hear anything on that side. I have a mild but persistent headache that has been bugging me for the past day and a half now. The brutal fatigue is not helping. Overall, I feel really lousy.

I didn't think that my animality would be affected by being sick, but it has been. Not being able to taste, smell, or hear is horrible for anyone. it leaves you helpless and vulnerable. It takes the joy out of life. For the past few days, I haven't been able to smell the outdoors or hear the birds chirping or taste a sweet piece of fruit. These things are essential for humans, but a lot of my human traits intersect with my bear traits, making it hard to enjoy anything as a bear OR a human.

I know it will only be temporary and I'll probably feel better in a few days, but being sick really does suck the soul out of you.

Updated February 25th, 2021 at 01:11 PM by Ursa Major

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