I absolutely hate being sick! But I don’t think anyone really enjoys being sick, so you can probably relate.
But what I do love is resources, and CSU Stanislaus definitely has plenty for all students!
This past weekend I tried to push through my illness. I often don’t like to ask for help, and I do what I can with traditional methods (hot tea and sleep really does cure like…almost anything). I don’t like over-medicating, and I’ll do what I can to avoid medicine and doctors.
HEY. I know you’re probably judging me as one of those “hippy-thinking-large-pharma-medicine-healthcare-companies-want-us-all-medicated” types, but I’m really not (not a lot anyway…).
I’m just independent and a free spirit. (That didn’t help my “I’m not a hippy” argument, but just go with it)
But without further ado, here’s the age old tale of man vs germs…
It attacked Friday morning. I felt a little…off. I buckled down and drew out my battle plan. It was time. I started with my usual routine. I started to drink more water. I had some hot tea with a touch of honey before bed. I tried to get a little more sleep. By Saturday morning, I felt a tad better. Push through it, I thought. You’re winning haha YOU’RE WINNING (the touch of madness should have been a clear sign I was not winning…). I thought I had this in the bag. A clear victory for me. I really thought I was doing pretty well, but then Sunday hit. It attacked back in full force.
And I was sick. Bad. Really sick. Fever. Chills. Cough. Sneezing with so much force it was literally making my back and neck sore. And with Sunday night quickly turning into Monday morning and with me still sick, I was not having it. Especially with a test worth 30% of my grade on Tuesday, the very next day. I couldn’t miss it. This wasn’t working. I needed help!
So, early Monday morning (8:30am is early for me!) I called the Health Center on campus and booked an appointment for that same day! As I arrived, the check in process was quick and easy, and I was seen by a doctor in less than 10 minutes. With a quick inspection of my throat, ears, and nose, I was prescribed some medicine.
And the most amazing thing I can honestly say about the Health Center is the price. Our school pharmacy is cheaper (and better!) than over the counter medicine, or even most other pharmacies (Trust me, I checked). All in all, with the appointment and prescription, my bill came out to a bank-breaking $10.
That’s really like….nothing. Especially for your own personal health and sanity (yes, being sick makes me crazy and grumpy). Health and wellness really is priceless, but I think $10 is pretty good if I had to put a price on it.
The Health Center is an excellent (and often) overlooked resource on campus. If allergies are getting to you, if you’re not feeling too hot, or if you just need a check up or a physical; then The Health Center is definitely the answer!
I’ll be sure to use it more often.