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How Frequently Are You Ill? or, What The Fuck Is Wrong With People?

August 13th, 2008 (12:04 pm)

This is really starting to fucking piss me off. There are certain members of  my group of female friends who are always getting ill. I mean a minimum - a minimum - of 8 times a year. WTF is up with that? Who has immune systems so weak that they succumb to some infection or another that frequently? Granted, they all smoke (cigarettes) a lot, but it's not like any of them drinks too much, or has a demanding job. Hell, I punish my body much harder than they do, and I do it relentlessly, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I suffered from any kind of illness, even a cold. And I'm not one of those people who gets ill and just carries on: if I get ill, I really make a meal of it.

If I was taking to my bed as frequently as they do, I'm pretty sure I'd be freaking out about it and consulting a doctor about my frighteningly poor health. Is there something I'm missing here? It's not like they're claiming to be ill in order to get out of seeing me: they regularly miss days of work (one of them was temping for about 3 or 4 months last year, and when she left the job she told me that she had not worked a single five-day week: she'd called in sick at least once a week) and I frequently hear reports from one or other of them about another having cancelled a coffee date.

I think they need to start taking some vitamins or something.


Posted by: inconceivable1 (inconceivable1)
Posted at: August 14th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)

I smoke all the time and my whole family catches colds more than I do. I think there's a bit of a hypochondriac culture happening nowadays, plus people are eating more fast food and no amount of "LOW TRANSFAT" advertisements can change the fact that fast food is typically deep-fried in the same oil over and over again before it's changed.

Too many carbs, too much fatty meat, too few veggies...all of these things are suspect. If I eat too much fast food I notice a drop in my energy and ability to fight off viruses and infections; though sinus infections typically get me before anything else.

I don't know your friends but from the sound of it, they're victims of either poor diet choices or lazy hermit syndrome that they can push off on imaginary illnesses.

I have a friend that had bifocals by the time she was a senior in highschool and she could still see better than I could. All of these "new" disorders and illnesses that are popping up have half the population convinced they're fucking terminal, too.

That's my opinion anyway.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 27th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
A few questions

Hi! Regards from Spain; I found out this journal by reading an Oxford university forum (actually it was another journal, about Harris Manchester College) and I have a few questions for you, if you have a little time for me :) :

-Is it possible to apply with a computer engineer degree(3 years) got from the spanish equivalent of Open University? I mean, I would have to do some A-level exams, access course for a year or something similar? If not, do they require an excellent academic expedient?

-Is it possible living outside the college (rent an apartment or similar)from the first year?

-Is it 34 too late to apply? I mean I know there's no age restrinctions at HMC but...

-Are there mature students in other colleges? About 35 years old...


PS. you have a bloody great sense of humour :)

Posted by: Standard_Human (standard_human)
Posted at: September 30th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)

I need more LJ friends, added you because you met the minimum cuss entry requirements. Totally feel you on the sick chicks BTW - I feel like I have an immune system of steel.


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