End of the Semester Struggles


Let’s be honest: if you know me, you know that my struggle is closer to being a lifestyle than an occasional mishap. But these last few weeks, my struggle has been unusually persistent and has somehow intensified from its already high levels. My life would really make for a great comedy show. 

On top of all of my other wonderful health issues, I just so happened to wake up with pink eyes this morning. Yes, that’s supposed to be plural, because BOTH of my eyes are currently blazing red. On top of being deaf in my left ear, having swollen tonsils, a nasty cough and cracked lips, I now also look like I’m permanently stoned out of my mind. My days of thriving in England have quickly diminished.

I’m usually a pretty healthy person, despite how it seems right now. I’ve been going crazy trying to replenish: drinking EmergenC every morning, taking a women’s daily vitamin, even eating avocados for breakfast in hopes that it will help the dry skin on my mouth. I also just enjoy avocados so it’s a good excuse….

I guess the most important lesson to take away from this is to listen to your body! If you’re as stubborn as I am, you like to go go go and push beyond your limits. That’s great and all, but rest and taking care of yourself is just as important. After a super fun, busy week in England and then throwing myself back into finals, I was mentally prepared to take on the next thing but my body just couldn’t keep up. Obviously. So, here I am, sick in just about every way possible and absolutely hating myself for it.

The doctors around here are getting pretty sick of seeing me. (Ha, punny.) Not to mention, this is the last week of classes and then finals begin. My senioritis is telling me to just skip all of my classes and finish up season 7 of Game of Thrones. Although, I’m not sure if I’m mentally prepared to do that and then have to wait until April to start binge watching again…

I guess if there’s one positive thing I could pull out of this situation, it’s that I now know how important it is to really listen to your body when you’re starting to feel worn out. I’m not exactly sure how I could’ve saved myself from this situation, but taking some time for myself definitely could have helped. For now, I’ll be curled up on my couch sipping hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies until I recover. Maybe this being sick thing won’t be so bad after all.

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