I’m pretty sure everyone’s experienced home epidemics before. Whether you’re living with your family, like I am (I know, I’m THIRTY – but it’s really not that weird here in the Philippines), or living with roommates, you’re bound to have gone through having a bug circulating through your household like some weird small-scale death curse. Last week, I had to deal with a stomach flu that also took down my mother and sister, and I had a really bad cold the weekend before that (which my brother seems to have picked up as well last week). Then my mom had a conjunctivitis scare (I suspect it wasn’t really sore eyes, despite the eye redness and pain/itchiness), and my cold seems to have gotten retriggered. My brother sounds like he hasn’t gotten oven the cold he’d had since last week too.
As I write this, I’m snorting as much mucus as I can to prevent nasal leakage – I know it’s not helping me any, but I also don’t exactly want to litter my work desk with used tissues, no matter how much tissue I actually have there from takeout food. Yes, I munch while I’m working. No, it’s not sad.
And before you ask: no, handkerchiefs are not an option, because while I’m a slob, I don’t exactly want to carry a snotty piece of cloth around with me either.
I suppose the home epidemic we just suffered could be blamed on the fact that the weather here was really bad for two weeks, with rain and gloominess all around. It didn’t help that it was also rather humid, and at least two family members go to offices that tend to have some FREEZING airconditioning systems that we can’t really complain about because they’re set on those temperatures for a reason (typically so that the whole office could enjoy it and so the computers won’t overheat). It also probably doesn’t help that we tend to sleep in the same room these days so we can save money on electricity.
Huh. I guess I can ultimately blame the snowball effect of this epidemic on Meralco.
So in conclusion:
- I’ve been sick for about two weeks and will likely be sick in varying degrees for the next few weeks
- Sleeping in the same room with other sick people is a bad idea, even if hospitals say you can do it
- We probably wouldn’t be in this mess if the power monopoly here wasn’t run by total dicks
I better take another Neozep right now and slather myself in White Flower when I get home. I have a shit-ton of reading and writing to catch up to, and I’m hoping to see Ninja Turtles on Friday despite the bad reviews.
How do you guys deal with home epidemics, when you’re also trying to stay within a budget (and can you still enjoy reading and writing under the circumstances)?