The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil
Being Sick Sucks
Whether it’s a bad chest cold, or a
serious diagnosis of a cancer tumor,
being sick is just the worst.
There is a process of adjusting to
all of the ways our lives change when
things in our bodies don’t work the
way they always have.
Rights and Responsibilities
Ever wish there was a “sick pass” you
could get that would relieve you of all your
normal duties when you get sick?
Sociologist Alexander Segall proposed
that when you get sick, you automatically
should get 3 rights or privileges and have
3 responsibilities or duties to fulfill.
What do you think? Check this out:
Rights of The Sick
1. The right to make decisions about
any health-related issues.
2. The right to be exempt from normal
3. The right to become dependent on
others for assistance.
Responsibilities of the Sick
1. The responsibility to get well (if possible).
2. The responsibility to perform routine health
3. The responsibiilty to use a range of health
care resources (if possible).
Lie Down For Your Rights!
If you’re sick, let others take care of you.
Everyone has to shop…ask your friends or
neighbors to pick up chicken soup for you.
They’ll likely want to do even more, but at
least start by asking for something you need.
Take it as easy as you can, stop pushing and
pretending that you don’t need extra rest
and TLC. You’ll get better faster if you do.
To recover from a serious diagnosis, the
phrase “it takes a village” applies. Use your
network of friends to arrange transportation,
childcare, cover meals, house cleaning, etc.
You cannot and should not do it alone!
Take Good Care of Yourself!
If you’re sick or have been diagnosed with
a serious disease, take the time to learn
about all of your treatment options.
Even educating yourself about how cold
medications can interact is important.
The stakes increase when you’re trying
to weigh chemotherapy options.
Take time to do your research, ask
questions, and get answers before you
proceed with a treatment plan for yourself.
To paraphrase an old song:
“Take good care of yourself…
…you belong to us!”