How to Survive Being Sick #2 – Chelsea

Back in March, Meghan wrote a post on how to survive being sick.  Lying in bed sick and bored out of my mind, I went back to see what she said.

Tip #1: Sleep.

Most teenagers and adults don’t get enough sleep during the school week, especially teenagers. Consider this an opportunity to catch up on it so you’re not tired for when you finally to go back to your regular life, but also because it speeds up the healing processes for you feeling your best.

Tip #2: Movie/TV Marathons.

I was lucky enough to have movie marathons playing on TV a few of the days I was sick. On Saturday I watched How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, The Break Up, and Sex in the City. Now all of these movies are fairly long and with commercials it made them even longer. All together I probably watched TV for about eight hours straight. You can also catch up on that great TV show that you’ve been missing week after week. Great way to stay all curled up in bed to feel better, while being entertained.

P.S. This could also include your favourite YouTube channel, but for obvious reasons, will not last as long as movies or TV shows.

Tip #3: Apps, Apps, and More Apps.

This is something for all those people with smart phones, iPhones, and iPod Touches. I had just gotten a new phone so I started downloading ever app that looked slightly interesting to me. I would test it. If I liked it I would keep it, if not, I would uninstall it, simple as that. But it provided hours of entertainment just sitting there, trying games out.

Tip #4: Keep in Contact.

This is something we all need to remain sane. We need to be able to talk to people other than our family. Whether its texting, calling, or talking to someone over the computer it needs to be done. We need contact with our friends and talk to people with similar interests as us otherwise you will go loony.

This morning, when I went downstairs to tell my mom I wasn’t feeling well, the first thing she said to me was, “Just go back to bed, Chelsea”. This was followed by, “But, because I’m letting you stay home today, I expect you to be sleeping. No TV. No computer. No phone. Just sleep.” So, here’s my version of How to Survive Being Sick.

Tip #1: Sleep or Daydream

Sleeping when you’re sick is just about the best thing you could possibly do to get better. But, you can only sleep for so many hours. So, when getting out of bed isn’t an option (not just because of my mom, but the room goes spinning every time I try to get up), daydreaming is much more fun than just staring at the ceiling.

Tip #2: Read

I always have a million books lying around that I never have time to read. So, whenever I’m sick I try to finish one of them. Usually, I fall asleep after a chapter or so, but it’s worth a shot.

Tip #3: Break the Rules

Sorry mom, but after sleeping all night plus another 7 hours, I can’t sleep anymore. So, while you’re out at work I do watch TV. And text. And go on the computer (I am writing this, aren’t I?). It’s much better than just sitting around. I’m actually being productive!

And if you want some more unique things to do when you’re sick, check out this blog post. Finding it was the highlight of my day.

Almost a Year Gone By – Chelsea

It feels like just yesterday that I first walked into Gleneagle. I knew this year was not only going to challenge me academically, but would also force to make totally new friends. To be honest, I was scared out of my mind. I didn’t think I would fit in; I’m not the smartest, I’m not a leader, and I’m not the best at making friends.

For the first couple weeks of school, I would get so nervous on the car ride over, it would just about make me sick. I spent hours talking to my old friends over Facebook, and wondering how different my life could have been. I tried to keep up with all the other students in the class, but it always seemed that whenever I did something I was proud of, there was always someone who did it better.  I tried to make new friends, but there were already really close groups of friends, so I never really felt like I fit in.

When the retreat came along, I was determined to really make an effort at forming friendships. Not to say I didn’t have any friends, but I felt like there were so many great people that I was missing out on meeting because I was okay staying with the four or so people I’d quickly become close with. I thought to myself the night before the retreat, that if I didn’t try out myself out there and make new friends, I would just be wasting my time in this program.

I did try, and it really paid off. I managed to really get a look at the group of amazing people I was lucky enough to spend the next year or two with. The retreat was a turning point for me. I realized that I didn’t want to be in a regular classroom, full of normal students. I wanted to be here.

The months seemed to fly by, and now we find ourselves eagerly preparing for the adventure trip. It’s really bittersweet though. This is the last time we’re really going to be together as a group. And while I know it’s going to be a really amazing trip, I can’t help but feel a little sad, because it’s a reminder that we only have a little more than a month together. Soon, everything we had together could be forgotten, and pushed aside as nothing more that a distant memory.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what next year’s going to be like. Will we be able to step up and fill the shoes of our grade tens? Definitely not! One of the things I love most about being in TALONS is that I know it’s never going to be the same. Next year, we’re going to be the role models for the grade nines. We’re going to be the ones they look up to. So, while we won’t have the same things our grade tens brought to the table, we’ll all be able to grow and bring new things.

I’m looking forward to next year. But I know that I’m going to miss my TALONS family more than anything.