Life Update & Thoughts About Illness

Hey everyone! Many of you may be wondering where I’ve been. If you remember, about a month ago I came down with the flu. It was just another cold; I missed about a day of school and it was completely manageable. However, the past week I caught the flu again, and this time it was much, much worse. I don’t think I’ve had a sickness quite like this before and I missed an entire week of school. That is unheard of for me, since I’m very good about attendance. I just wanted to write a quick update on the blog and show you guys I haven’t forgotten about it (I don’t think I ever could!)

This week of illness (and this entire flu season altogether) has reminded me of a few things. Firstly, sometimes your body and your wellbeing have to come before anything else, including school. Secondly, you shouldn’t feel bad about that or be punished for it. In this society, everyone has such packed schedules and being present for every moment in life seems like a must. Although many of us love to be present for these moments, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Your health (including mental health) must come before everything at the end of the day. This week I definitely missed out on a lot and felt like I was letting some of my friends down. That’s one of the worst feelings in the world since I want everyone surrounding me to feel happy. However I came to the conclusion that if people truly and genuinely care about you, they will want your health to be at 100%.

When it comes to school, my university is extremely strict about attendance, which usually isn’t an issue for me since I’m always present for lectures, tests, etc. This week though, I missed every single class, which brings down my grade unless I bring in a doctor’s note (which I have ready, don’t you worry). I’m not quite sure if I agree with schools around the country that have this same rule. I get a little confused when professors consider a sickness an unexcused absence. Would they prefer a person come to class and infect everyone else instead of missing a day or two? I personally believe you should heal completely instead of rushing to get back to school when you’re still weak and sick. What do you guys think about illness being an accepted excuse for absences? I’d love to know your opinion since many of you have been through school.

Lastly, being sick in general makes me truly appreciate being healthy and able to finish tasks, work, etc. Life can get hectic sometimes, but we often forget to reflect back and appreciate the small things we have like health. I’m very lucky to have my good health and that this was just a second go at the flu for me. I’m excited to get back into my normal school, gym, and homework routine. Sometimes we need to reach a little low to fall back in love with our day to day lives. I hope this is a nice little reminder for you guys today! Have an amazing night, everyone!

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19 thoughts on “Life Update & Thoughts About Illness

  1. I definitely get that feeling like I’m letting people down when I’m sick. So true! you have to put yourself first in those situations. Crazy that they lower grades because of sickness I’ve never heard of that people. Great to hear your feeling better 🙂

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  2. So sorry to hear you got it a second time, hope you’re feeling better now! I agree that if you have a doctor’s note, it should be allowed. I’d much rather have my classmates stay home and not come get me sick haha

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  3. I definitely think schools should excuse illnesses. But, I guess I slightly understand because many people might abuse it. I wouldn’t go to school though if I was very sick though! I mean 1. it’s hard to focus 2. it’s going to take longer to get better, and 3. we may give the illness to others.
    I’m exactly like you though! I’m so thankful to have good health! I love to be able to do the things I need to do.

    xx Natalie | http://nataliesalchemy.wordpress.com

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    1. yeah it’s very unfortunate that others have to deal with the dishonesty of some. but i agree with all of those points, it’s going to take so much longer to recover if you push your body too hard. we’re very lucky to be healthy overall!

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  4. I think that sickness is a good enough excuse but I also agree that people can fake it so a Doctors note may be necessary. However, it isnt always appropriate to get a doctors note such as with mental health or period pains. xx

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    1. I definitely agree with that! i mean i think with any sort of sickness the absence should be excused, assuming in a perfect world no one faked it. and for things like mental health and period pains a doctor’s note should absolutely not be needed xx

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