Getting sick sucks – but even more so when you’re alone. You could be living solo, or you’re soul-searching and travelling alone. You’ve got no one to rub your back while you’re throwing up. You’ll have nobody to go and grab your pills for you when you’re in pain or one to bring you hot soup so that you can feel better. Sickness can take you by surprise – no matter the date and time. It can be a bummer, not to mention, it can also be dangerous.
To cope with getting sick while solo, here are things you need to keep in mind.
Pack your “in case of sick” bag
Whether you’re travelling solo or stuck home alone, it’s best to keep an “emergency sick bag.” It should have a thermometer, hot and cold compress bag and other essential tools and medications prescribed by your doctor like allergy meds, so you won’t need to drag yourself to the pharmacy just to get some meds.
Do your grocery shopping right
Before you even feel ill, make sure you do your grocery shopping and stock up on tissue and ingredients of easy to cook meals and your favourite soup. This way, you can still eat healthy despite feeling under the weather. Have electrolytes drink mix in handy, a box of crackers and coconut water.
Keep your general physician’s number in handy
Your doctor or doctors have a record of your medical history and know which meds you can take safely. So make sure to grab their contact numbers and save it in your phone, on a notepad you keep or in your wallet. This way, you can give them a call, set up an appointment and get checked.
Have a home doctor’s contact number too
When it’s too late for a doctor’s appointment, or when you can’t afford to travel to his clinic, having the contact numbers of a Home Doctor Perth helps. You may get sick after business hours or would rather get checked at home than driving yourself to the hospital and wait in the cue. A home doctor can treat basic ailments, provide necessary medications and get in touch with your general physician the next day.
Learn how to manage common illness
For example, how to manage a sore throat. By gargling with warm salty water before the symptoms get worse, you’re doing yourself a huge favour. You may already know your doctor’s usual advice on illnesses you’ve experienced in past years, so use that knowledge to your advantage. When you’re not sure, or if symptoms persist, don’t self-diagnose and ask for medical help.
Take adequate rest
When you’re feeling under the weather, get as much rest as you can. Don’t force yourself to do chores, go to work, visit crowded places or even attend classes if you’re a student. It’s not just for you, but for the sake of other people too. You can spread germs which others can pick up. Rest for your sake and for the sake of others by not spreading diseases.