Self Portrait in Three Colours

Sick Day

Posted on: May 19, 2010

I don’t usually take a lot of sick days. I have been raised to believe that the only time you should stay home from school/work is when you’re too sick to get out of bed – Mum always said “Unless you’re on your death bed, you should be at school.” It’s not been a bad way to have been brought up because now I have a very strong work ethic and will always feel guilty for letting anyone down if I happen to not be where I am supposed to be. It has also made it very difficult for me to just say “I need to stay home today” even when I really shouldn’t be getting out of bed at all. I’ve learned to listen to Aaron, who will always tell me that I need to look after myself and get better, but it doesn’t make me feel any better about missing days from work or uni.

Today’s an exception, I know that there is no way I would be able to function at uni today. My throat is sore and swollen, my head is spinning and achy and I feel like I’ve been run over. Usually it would be a 12-6:30 day for me today, with an hour and a half break after the first three hours. That’s a day I might have almost been able to manage, but today there was also a saxophone workshop to go to from 10-12, and I had made a counselling appointment from 3-4. Only getting half an hour’s break during an eight-and-a-half hour day while I’m feeling this bad would probably have set this sickness in for a nice long visit with my body for the next month.

Instead, I’ve been to the doctors, got a prescription for some antibiotics (my last resort, I promise… I don’t really believe in them but I’ve been sick for weeks now), and am now lying in bed about to watch the Simpsons. If I feel any better I’ll try and get a bit of study done but I’m not forcing myself to do anything. I have wrenched myself out of bed to uni/work one too many times now and I think the stress of exams, studying and practice is coaxing the sickness to linger around.

Today is officially a sick day and I’m going to make the most of it. And hopefully feel better for tomorrow – I have a lunchtime performance with the World Music orchestra and then four hours of rehearsal. Ah, the joys of studying music at uni!


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I'm Monica - a 21 year old Aussie girl trying to understand life. Teaching music and studying to be a primary school teacher. Blogging about everything and nothing!


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