When you're unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?

My mother always said that I was a very good patient, all that I ever wanted to do when I was ill was to sleep. I would wake up to take my medicine, eat whatever my mother would deem appropriate for the illness and drink enough to stay hydrated. The main reason my mother would get out of sorts about me being sick was because it would be hard to take off from work to nurse me back to health. I remember there were a few times that she went to work and left me home which I never minded because all I ever wanted to do was sleep. I liked it because I would get to spend the day in my parents bed with the t.v, on my mother's side with my medicine and my glass of water on the night stand and I was fine.

To this day, I sleep when I am ill. I haven't been "ill" in the same way that I would get sick when I was younger. Now I have what my doctor's suspect to be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and that is something that I don't need coddling for, I can manage it on my own. If I ever get sick with the flu or something, I wouldn't need anyone to look after me, all I need is sleep and my glass of water and I'll get better eventually.

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