When we were young, staying home sick from school was almost a good thing. Usually you only felt crappy for a few hours before you overdose on Dad’s Homemade Chicken Soup or have Mom run to the store to rent all your favourite movies. Sure, your throat is a bit sore, but when you’re on the couch bundled up in blankets, it doesn’t seem all that bad.

I hereby declare the “adult sick day” nothing like that.

On Sunday afternoon, I started feeling a bit off. By Sunday night, I was coughing so much, I couldn’t fall asleep and gave up trying at 5am and moved out to the couch where I literally lay half dangling off the couch feeling sorry for myself.

I called in sick and took a shower, thinking it would help calm my body down and make me tired. I got back into bed and was met with .. well, nothing. I couldn’t sleep. Soon I started getting chills, so I grabbed more blankets, then I would break out into a sweat. I tried to read, but I couldn’t concentrate, I tried to watch a movie, but fell asleep only to wake myself up coughing 20 minutes later.

When Jay got home from work. I was a mess, but had been lonely at home all day and was extremely excited to see him. Needless to say, he didn’t get too close.

When he finally came to bed, I was so mopey and all I wanted was to have my back rubbed, but sadly, as demonstrated by Monica in one of my favourite Friends episodes, no one is all that sexy when they’re sick.

I finally fell asleep and woke up feeling like I’d been run over by a dump truck. Calling in sick twice in a row is something I think I have done once before in my life, and after writing an apologetic email to my boss and coworker, I admitted defeat.

So, adult sick days definitely are not as fun as kid sick days. I also hereby declare that I shall drink more orange juice and remember to take my multi-vitamin every day. Forever.


11 thoughts on “Romanticizing “The Sick Day”

  1. Awww! Hope you feel better Chelsey!
    I agree with you…sick days when we were kids were definitely a lot more fun! My sick days now are dosed with a healthy kick of guilt, along with everything else, for taking the day off!
    Hope you get some sleep soon! x

    • Thanks Ikhlas :)! Hopefully that didn’t sound too complainy.. I just thought it would be funny with the gifs lol. And yes, adult sick days are major guilt days. But, as my mother always reminds me, people will be even more upset if you show up and get THEM sick lol.

  2. Hope you are better now.
    I agree: when you are young and your mama takes care of you, everything seems easier. And you don’t have other commitments than a little bit of homework the followin day. And seriously, why on earth when you are sick as an adult you have to sweat that much?? ;)

  3. I know exactly what you mean. I used to sometimes wish I was sick just so I’d have an excuse to stay home all day, but I’d forget that it sucks a whole lot to actually be so sick that you need to stay home. You’d think hypothetically you’d have all this time to read and do fun things but in reality, you just sit around feeling crappy and guilty, not being able to concentrate on anything, and getting terrible sleep because of the coughing and stuffed up nose.
    I hope you feel better soon! Being sick really is no fun at all :(

  4. You’re SO right about this. Adult sick days are nothing glamorous, and for me, they’re hardly worth all the crap that comes with going back to work and trying to get caught up. But sometimes we must admit defeat.

  5. Oh gosh this is so true. I was really ill last weekend and spent the night with a fever, a headache and throwing up, and generally feeling terrible. Which is definitely only exacerbated by having to look after yourself. Although I’ll admit I did call my mum and made her give my sympathy via a phonecall :P Being ill as a child was enjoyable in comparison! I really hope that you feel better soon, or that you feel better already! And drink some orange juice haha.

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