Top Ten Worst Things About Being Sick

Being sick? Ain’t nobody got time for that! The common cold, the flu, food poisoning, and all the other interesting things that get thrown our way, caused by cold and flu season, winter, poor hygiene, poor food handling practices, and our extra small world makes the sick go around, and there’s not much you can do to stop it. Getting sick is inevitable, it seems. Even the most cautious person can get the stray sneeze at a restaurant, or the pen that sickie used last at the bank. It’s almost enough to make one a hermit. Matter of fact, if this list doesn't seem very good, it's because I'm writing it sick!

The Top Ten

1 Feeling Crappy

Yeah, I agree. Nobody wants to catch the cold/flu, throw up, have high fevers, etc. - Stazemar000

True that was me today it sucked

It wastes a day or two of your life because you can’t do anything except lie there moan and groan and scream in pain and sleep all day

I feel like we should get this out of the way right away. No one likes to feel bad, that’s it. We spend our entire lives trying to avoid pain and discomfort, it’s in our nature. No one wants a stuffy nose, or a cough, or diarrhea, or a headache, and no one ever wants to throw up. It sucks to feel crappy!

2 Missing Appointments

This is one of the harder parts about being sick, in my opinion. I already feel like crap, I’m not myself, but I really, really need to go to the gym so I don’t lose my training sessions, or my lip waxing appointment so I can get done before Christmas photos, or whatever. But, there’s the fix that a lot of people get put in, lose my appointment slot, have to reschedule, or lose my money altogether, or just go to my appointment, and hope for the best. Unfortunately, I think most people take the former action, and then your lip waxer, or your trainer, or your therapist gets sick, and then they either miss out on work, and have to reschedule all of their people, or risk getting each and every one of their clients sick. It’s a tough decision to make, especially depending on the appointment, but people, please just cancel!

3 Being So Sick That You Can’t [Blank]

I'm so sick I can’t even enjoy anything.

Being sick already sucks, but, if you are so sick that you can’t even watch your favorite movie, or so sick that you can’t even sleep, or so sick that you can’t even drink water without feeling sick, or whatever you can’t do, it’s a bad day. Being sick is already a bummer, but when you can’t get even the slightest relief or enjoyment, it’s like life’s giving you the short end of the stick.

4 Having to Work While You’re Sick

Same when you go to school when your sick, and you can't find a way to go home sick

This happens a lot. Way way more than it should, for these are the people spreading that sick to you, whether they mean to or not. Sometimes you have that boss that simply doesn’t care that you're sick, and doesn’t care about who else will get sick, and if you want to keep your job, you’ll come in. And of course, you do. Then there’s the few people that work voluntarily while sick, because they either don’t care about cross-contamination, or they simply can’t lose a days worth of pay. Unfortunately these days, your boss doesn’t care if you're sick, they care about their bottom line, even if the bottom line makes Everyone sick. All of that is aside from the fact that you have to do your job while not feeling like the good you. It’s hard to care about customers, or quality of work when you’re head is in a fuzz, having to blow your nose every 3 minutes, or whatever your particular ailment happens to be.

5 Being Gross

So, no sick is pretty sick. That’s just a given. Even if it’s just a cold, you have a puffy, red nose, and a gross, stuffed up voice. Don’t even get me started on the flu, or food poisoning. Snotty noses and coughing up crap is the least on the list of gross. And just hope you’re sick around someone that loves you no matter what. I know if I don't love you, and you're throwing up, you're going to be on your own.

6 Missing Work

Although it may be nice to just lay in bed, even that is tainted when the reason why is because you’re too sick to go to work. That equates to; lost paid time off, lost pay, and potential backup of work, and more work when you get back. If you don’t have a job that someone else can fill no problem while you’re gone, expect double the work when you’re back. Even if someone Could do your job, they won't.

7 Having to Just Wait Through it

AKA, the common cold. You think you’re patient zero, and that you surely have dengue fever, and should be put on antibiotics, but really, all you can do is wait. Let it “run it’s course”. Who doesn’t hate hearing that? I’m dying, I’m sure of it, I’ve been sick for a week and a half, and I just have to let it “run it’s course”?! Bah!

8 Not Being Able to Sleep

You need more sleep when you're sick, but so often, being sick and sleeping aren’t friends. If you have a cold, your nose drains down your throat, and then you get a sore throat, or you have a cough, and every time you lay down your cough starts up afresh, but you can’t fall asleep upright, or you wake up every hour to throw up, or pee if you’re staying hydrated… I feel like the list goes on and on, but really all you want to do is sleep until you’re better.

9 Friendly Sick Advice

People always mean well in this, but it’s inevitable that when people find out you’re sick, the friendly advice starts pouring in. Now, I’ve got to disclaimer that some of it is good advice, and sometimes a nugget we didn’t know, but most of the time, it’s crap like, “stay hydrated”, or “spray sea salt water up your nose”. Not that staying hydrated is crap, it’s not, but if you haven’t figured out by now that water makes everything better, I’m not going to tell you. But please don’t tell me to chew on a raw cinnamon stick while drinking copious amounts of orange Tang. Thanks.

10 Going to the Doctor

Yeah waiting in the waiting room is so boring and long

Chances are when you’re sick, everybody is sick in waves. So often, that means crowded waiting rooms, and crazy wait times to get into a doctor just to be told it’s viral and has to work it’s way through your system. If it’s not, you’re looking at expensive and often uncomfortable tests, and then equally expensive and awful medications.

The Contenders

11 The Pain

The pain's really like you're dying, that's why I not friend with disease, I really hate it, but normally we all have to be part of that, my body's in pain right now 😭. I don't do no medicine, someone tell me what to do, I have I really bad cold.

12 Diarrhea

This is the worst for me - westofohio

I nearly fell asleep on the toilet in the middle fo the night several times because of this

13 Missing School

This is the best part

Not when you have to go back to school and finish missing assignments but

Not going to school is nice - Gruunge

14 Vomiting

I got in trouble for vomiting all over the bathroom floor when I was about 11 or 12. I couldn't reach the trash can in time. My mom yelled at me for it.

Whenever I vomit, my nose goes runny. - Stazemar000

Especially if it gets in your nose.

15 Stuffy Noses

What's worse is runny noses - Gruunge

16 Cold Chills

Even 2 vests, 2 blankets, and the heat is not enough!

17 Runny Nose

Especially when it's coming out like a faucet. A box of tissues a day - westofohio

18 You Could End Up in Hospital

I was told that I was hospitalized with pneumonia as a kid. I don’t remember it, but it must’ve been scary. Kids die from it. I was one of the lucky ones that have made a full recovery.

19 No Appetite

I use this to attempt to "go on a diet". It didn't work :(

20 Can't Walk

You body feels heavy - Ilikegames

21 You Can Die

You can't die of a cold, but most diseases can cause death. - imacg4

22 Nobody Believes You
23 Having to Take Uncomfortable Medicine
24 When You Have a Sore Throat, but You Aren't Sick Enough to Stay Home from School
25 Taking Medicine

I was forced to take Trianimic as a kid. It was "grape flavored", but I tasted NOTHING like grape! It tasted like DEATH! It was horrible!

26 Headaches
27 Endless Coughing and Phlegm
28 It Lasts 2 Days
29 You Feel Like You're Gonna Die
30 Can't Eat Your Favorite Foods

No chips or junk food.

31 Stuck in Bed All Day
32 Stuck at Home All Day
33 It Ruins Your Day or Plans
34 Your Parents Complain and Get Mad at You When You Say that Your Body is Aching
35 No Junk Food
36 You Sleep All Day
37 Gross Medicine that You Must Take

Grape-flavored Triaminic tastes so nasty!

38 You are Left Dehydrated
39 You Have No Strength
40 It Wastes 1-2 Days of Your Life
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