On Being Sick

March 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm 5 comments

DeeTee From DeeTee:  There is a nasty flu going around, and I caught it.  Finally, after over a week of becoming “one with the couch,” I am starting to feel a little better… and so I offer some random thoughts on being sick, feeling out of the loop of life, wondering if I’ll ever be a vital part of things again…

  • Being over-dramatic.  I don’t know about you, but each time I get really, really sick I wonder if “this is it.”  One might think that since I’ve lived through being sick many times before, I would just assume that I’ll live through this illness too.  And yet, each new illness brings those nagging thoughts… what if you never have energy and a desire to leave your home — to get off the couch — again?
  • Living alone & being sick.  When someone else lives with you, I think you tend to “suck it up” more than when you live alone.  If you have kids or pets, you have to suck it up because they are dependent on you and they don’t actually care that you’re feeling poorly:  their needs must be met!  Sure, they’ll show some sympathy, but then they make their little demands…When you live alone, you can wallow in self-pity to an unhealthy extent.  Sure, you can lie in the same place, used Kleenex littering the floor, dressed in the same outfit for days, and forget the shower!  It’s a luxury, but it’s also a curse.  It’s hard to motivate oneself to action without outside stimulus.
  • TV and being sick.  Other than the first half-hour of  The View, I don’t watch daytime TV… unless I’m sick.  Well, during this last week I watched ME-TV a LOT as I drifted in and out of my stupor…  Who would have thought, but Kojak (starring Telly Savalas) was a really good show!  I never watched when it was on originally… but while sick, I really got into a good old-fashioned cop story, where the characters were well-drawn, complex human beings and even the bad guys were drawn with shades of gray… as opposed to so many “CSI”-type shows where no one seems all that human to me, it’s pretty robotic and Science is the true hero…
  • Daytime TV advertisements.  From what I can tell, TV advertisers must think that the only daytime-TV viewers are either unemployed drop-outs or lonely, elderly, friendless people with incontinence problems.  Most of the ads are for going back to school, getting car insurance even if you don’t deserve it — “OK, I’ve had some accidents… more than a few,” one woman admits, “but I NEED MY CAR, and [name escapes me] Auto understands…” — or Life Alert commercials — “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” — or, how if you’re on Medicaid, you can have adult diapers delivered straight to your door in discreetly unmarked boxes…  Depressing, I tell you.  You’re already feeling like crap and you see your future lined up before you:  diapers and falling.  It’s OK if you live alone, the Life Alert will be your friend!

And that’s what will finally motivate you to recover, to live life while you still can… fight the darkness!  Call a friend! — or… write a blog!

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5 Comments

  • 1. Chie  |  March 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    DeeTee –

    Don’t fight the darkness – sell it a lightbulb!

    No one wants to admit that they’re getting old. That’s why so many people drive SUV’s rather than mini vans (even though, with their 2 kids and golden retriever the van is really a better choice). However, such denial opens the door for lots of new products that just need to be marketed correctly. Consider Buzz and Mountain Software – 2 products I just thought up after reading your latest.

    Baby Boomers and younger are never going to wear a LifeAlert monitor around their neck. (“That’s something for my grandmother!”) But they would use Buzz. Buzz is an alarm system using their Blackberry or PDA. It can set it for specific days or daily or as often as needed. The Buzz system will text you a message and if you don’t respond within X amount of time, someone is sent to the coordinates being emited by the GPS system in your device. We market it as an security/anti-kidnapping/car-jacking feature that Surprise! can also be used for people living alone. Thus ensuring that you don’t lie unconscious on the floor for days before someone finds you.

    Also, no one wants to be seen wearing or buying Depends undergarmets. However, everyone wants to be considered adventurous and enviro-friendly these days. Mountain Software is absorbant, disposable, bio-degradable underwear designed by mountaineers who couldn’t unzip to pee while climbing. “Do you have incontinence?” “No, I climb mountains.”
    Its all in the spin.

    Glad you’re feeling better.

  • 2. DeeTee  |  March 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Damn, Chie, you are a marketing genius! I *love* the Buzz idea — hey, one could text: “HELP I’VE FALLEN AND CAN’T GET UP!!” — SO much better than the necklace… you should be rich!

    Also, wrt the “Mountain Software” adult diapers… could be used by psycho astronauts, too! 😉

  • 3. Pseudo-lurker  |  March 31, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Great post, Dee-Tee. I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling better. Sounds like the flu I had a few weeks ago, and it took forever to “really” leave. A warning – don’t go back to your regular pace of life immediately afterwards – you might think you’re over that virus, but it really takes a while.

    I think Chie’s marketing ideas are great, too! However, the eco-diaper would only be marketable to women. I know some mountain climbers personally, and believe, they’ll pee wherever they are during a climb, no problem.

    Recently re-watched Apollo 13. Sorry, DeeTee, astronauts already have the “waste-dump” thing covered.

  • 4. Chuck  |  March 31, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Frostbite is a major issue up on the highest mountains – like the Himalayas. I wouldn’t say those mountaneers “whip it out” no problem…

    Glad you’re feeling better. 😉

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