November 29, 2017

Dealing with Sickness During Law School

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If you guys have me on Instagram or Snapchat, then you probably know that I've been sick for the past week 😔 Normally I don't get sick at all (this is my first time really since my junior year) so when I finally do, I'm such a big baby. So of course I'm sure that literally zero of you reading this right now aren't surprised that today's post is.... dealing with being sick when you're in law school!

Don't go to class if you can

Look, you get absences for a reason. This is one of those reasons! (here's another) Also I'm just going to put this out there that I'm pretty sure the whole reason why I'm sick is because someone else selfishly went to class.



What you can do instead is e-mail your professor that you're out sick and ask for any slides or handouts that they might go over during class. Also send a quick text to a friend or two updating them on your situation and ask them to give you a copy of their notes. While you're at home, try as hard as you can to get at least some work done so that you're not playing catch-up for the next few days. But if you are truly feeling miserable and doing practically nothing but sleeping all day and feeling completely wiped-out while you're awake, it's worth a shot to email your professors and see if you can get an extension on anything that's going to be due soon.

Related: How to miss a law class without falling behind 


If you have to go to class... 

But realistically I know that sometimes it's not feasible for you to skip class. Although I did last Tuesday when I woke up with my really bad cough, I knew I had to go in this week because A) I'm pretty much out of absences this late in the semester and B) my finals start next week. So if you must go, again email your professors telling them that you're sick and ask them if you can vary from the seating chart and sit isolated in a back corner so you don't contaminate any of your classmates (and hopefully this will make him take pity on you so you won't get called on). Yesterday I had class from 9-3 but my medicine said to take it every 2-4 hours so you can bet your sweet behind I brought that bottle to class with me.

4 things to do the moment that you realize that you're sick but have school. how to deal with being sick right around finals. how to quickly recover form being sick. what to do when you're sick and in law school. sick day tips and tricks. the 12 products that help me feel better when I'm sick. law school blog. law student blogger | brazenandbrunette.com

Other good things to bring with you to class: tissues, hand sanitizer (plus lotion because it can dry out your hands when you're using a boatload), and an extra large water bottle for when you get a dry/itchy throat.

Go to the doctor ASAP

Whether you have to drag yourself to class or can skip, go to the doctor! I've found that quick little walk-in clinics are the best so you don't have to wait to get an appointment. It's important to go to the doctor and find out if what you have is bacterial or viral because that will completely change how you need to tackle your sickness. Or like in my instance, I just thought I had a little cold since all I had was a cough and so my bronchitis progressed to the point where I haven't had a voice for several days now (and as a talker this is really lifestyle-dampening!). 

While you're there, get a flu shot! Even if you don't have a flu you might as well since they're so cheap and can keep you from getting even more sick. I say this because last night I was telling my sister about how I have bronchitis and she upped me by having strep and the flu. And yes we just spent 4 days nonstop around each other so I'm glad I had my shot.

At home

Stay at home as much as possible (duh) while you're sick. Wash your sheets and pillows in hot water since you've likely been coughing all over them in your sleep and now they're contaminated. I also like to get a cheap disposable toothbrush while I'm sick and I clean it after every brushing (here's how to clean your toothbrush). It's worth it to buy some antibacterial tissues to keep you from spreading germs around your house, but still remember to wash your hands constantly.

Remember to try to drink as much water as you can and get extra sleep to try to help your body recover faster. I've personally found that steamy showers with shower tablets, running a humidifier while you sleep, and rubbing Vicks on before bed can really, really help! 

Oh, and soup is your friend. Speaking of friends, warn them all that you're sick so they'll know to keep a safe distance and definitely not drink after you. 

And a few other must haves for when you feel like you're slowly dying...
the 12 products that help me feel better when I'm sick | brazenandbrunette.com

body pillow // because cuddles make everything better
fuzzy socks // these also make days better
lip balm // because your lips are bound to be chapped
baseball hat // to hide your unwashed hair when you make a run to the pharmacy to pick up your medicine
sports bra // because duh you don't need uncomfortable underwire at a time like this
sweater // to keep you cozy
sweatpants // to keep you comfy
slip on shoes // to make pharmacy trips a little faster and easier
water bottle // stay thirsty, my friends
humidifier // again, it helps you breathe
tissues // duh
amazon fire // because you finally have an excuse to do nothing all day except binge watch (here's some suggestions)


let's be friends!

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