Being sick in med school is about the worst thing possible. Okay, so I know there are like a million things worse than that, but I like to be dramatic. It really does suck, though.
I’ve been sick for a full week now, and as much as I’ve tried to get some rest and take care of myself, the fact is, there just isn’t the time. Classes and labs go on with or without you, and nobody cares if you can’t keep up.
The worst part about being sick in med school, is that now I actually know something about my body and what is happening. Not enough to help myself get better, of course, but just enough to be annoying.
Every time I cough I am thinking about whether or not it is a dry or productive cough. The other day I was actually throwing up while thinking about the steps involved. I knew there was nothing I could do to stop it once I started salivating, and I remember thinking how stupid it was to be thinking about the steps involved while I was throwing up.
It’s annoying to know so much about your body, and yet too little to actually be helpful. I guess it at least makes me excited for the day when I actually can do something about it. I just wish that day were a lot closer…