Every week I feel like it's been the busiest week I've ever had to deal with - thinking to myself that I'll get a break on the weekend. And then something new comes up, or something old that's been forgotten rear it's head back into my schedule. Usually I am all for the busy life of being a student, intern, active member of the community. I take on the pressure and stress to the best of my ability, pushing myself to do an even better job than last time. It's a great feeling of accomplishment once I can check off another task on my agenda! Unfortunately though, this week has not been that way... all thanks to this cold! Now the dorm life does not really permit a healthy lifestyle, and with this ridiculous weather - known as Midwest weather - I found myself getting weaker and weaker as the week went on. It wasn't until today though, did I give in a said to myself "You're sick...".
Whenever I'm sick at school, it starts to make me really miss home. As the youngest in my family, every time I would be sick I had someone looking over me, pampering me. I would eat delicious Vietnamese-styled congee (rice porridge) and be treated with all these different medicines (herbal and modern). I would usually just take a day off from everything, let this cold get over itself, and then move on with the rest of the week!
In Japan though, people deal with being sick in a completely different way than that of America or of my family. If one is feeling slightly under the weather they would wear surgical masks, in order not to spread any possible germs around and infect others. Around UIUC, you can definitely see international students continuing this practice (I think everyone should do it!). Calling in sick to work can be a process that requires a doctor's visit, note, and fees for small things like the common cold - not like America where you can make a phone call and go back to sleep! Although the Japanese may deal with illnesses in a slightly different manner than what we're used to here in the US, we can still all relate about how untimely it can be!
I'll probably try a variety of methods this weekend to get rid of this cold. Maybe I can make myself some congee or just bundle up somewhere and sleep for hours. Of course there are all my friends that I could ask on how to get rid of this cold (although I know I will get dozens of different ways) but no matter what, I can't wait to get over this so I can get back to all my work!