Thursday, June 25, 2009

On bed rest

I'm on bed rest. For the past three days, I've nursed fever, itchy throat, and joint pains. These are typical flu-like symptoms, so this morning, I went to the University Health Service to have a check-up.

It turned out pretty well; the doctor didn't find enough symptoms to suspect swine flu. He prescribed paracetamol for my fever and Vitamin C to boost my immune system. (This is interesting because just last year, I wrote an article for the college paper that an overwhelming number of studies indicate that Vitamin C does nothing to help someone's recovery).

On top of that, the doctor advised me to rest for the day. This is what partly irritated me--not that I'm sick, but that I'll be missing class. The prospect of lying in bed, waiting for the next five hours to take my pill, and doing absolutely nothing, when I could have voiced my heart out in the class discussions, was too painful.

But as I lie cozily in bed, waiting for the medicine to take its toll, I'm reminded that everything happens for a reason. I also realize I have many things to be thankful for. My parents have been texting me to ask for updates as to how I'm doing. My classmates have asked me if I could make it to the exam tomorrow.

If it's so easy for me to thank the Lord for good health, why can't I do the same during times of infirmity? After all, He intends the best for me. I know something good will come out of this.

6 comments:

  1. Pagaling ka Lance. There's this old saying that Paul V. often spoke of, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." It is betaer if you eat leafy vegetables and fruits like papaya on a regular basis. It will surely boost your immune system. And natural things is much better than chemically-developed ones. God bless you. - jgg

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  2. *that should be "better" instead of "betaer."

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  3. hi kuya... i also have a fever. :P

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  4. Jeiel, thanks so much. I feel so much better these days. Normal upper respiratory infection lang daw sabi ng doctor, so there's nothing to worry about. How are you? Back to school now, I hope. :D

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  5. Mike, follow Kuya Jeiel's advice. Pagaling ka. It's flu season na talaga, so a lot of people are getting sick--not to mention paranoid--with swine flu.

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  6. @Lance,

    Good to hear that you've recovered. Yup, I'm back full time. I hope we can see each other some time soon.

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