The Very Best Ways to Spend a Sick Day


#1

I caught some kind of bug last week that left me feeling like I was hungover for several days in a row: Throbbing headaches, persistent flat-spins, cold sweats. The weird part was, those were basically the only symptoms. I had plenty of energy, I was still pretty sharp, and as long I stayed absolutely still and didn't try to read anything, I felt okay. In other words, I felt fine as long as I didn't do anything at all. Which is where things get tricky.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/d3egnw/the-very-best-ways-to-spend-a-sick-day

#2

Comfort gaming was made for sick days IMO. I’ll pop into matches of Titanfall or Halo, though I’ll avoid the likes of Overwatch as I hate being a team anchor. If PVP is too stressful I might slip into Forza or MLB: The Show. But if I know that sick day is gonna turn into sick days, then I fall into a deep, dark Civ V hole. I shudder to think about the hideous cave troll I become the second I roll a new map.


#3

When I’m truly sick and am bogged down by fatigue, I always find myself watching the kind of television that is exclusively marketed to octogenarians. Game shows, niche whodunits, etc. etc. Even in the year 2018 where I can put a good Youtube channel on and spend time with personalities that I actually like, I tend to just watch The Price is Right and nap.

Only slightly related, but when I was in 8th grade (2008), I had to get surgery on my face and spent my entire recovery playing Super Mario Sunshine and Metroid Prime. For some reason, I just thought the GCN would be a good companion for someone who had gauze taped onto their face for a weekend. And honestly? I was right.


#4

Probably the best sick day I can remember was when I was in high school home with a cold and figured out that I could stream the entirety of the '50s Twilight Zone on Netflix. Each episode is so memorable and gripping, it’s fascinating television even to the teenager of the early 2010s that I was


#5

I Love Lucy is my go to when it’s a sick day in bed. Never gets old.


#6

Putting on hour long critiques of games I’ve already watched and falling asleep is my way to survive sick days.


#7

I’ve never gotten super sick as a kid and the few times I did it was bad enough to be incapacitated and asleep for hours. As a “new” adult I’ve only ever gotten sick around midterms and finals season so powering through and studying was my only course of action.


#8

When I was a kid and I got sick I would change beds. My room doubled as the guest bedroom as it was big enough for both my bunk bed and a second 3/4 size bed. I figured the sheets had to be infected given how much time I was in them and how much mucus had been wiped away. I didn’t have a video game system until grade 9, and we only had 2 TV channels so those were not a big part of it.

As an adult I will take a bath when I’m sick, particularly if it’s a stomach related illness. During the 24 Hours of LeMans last month I was in agonizing back pain and was pretty bloated and gassy. I was trying to sleep on the floor for more back support while listening to the race, but eventually at 3 in the morning I had to run a bath. The hot water surrounding my back lead to instant relief.