So I’d imagine everyone and their other half (assuming they have one) has what is colloquially known as Freshers’ Flu.
This is basically a cold but practically every student happens and it spreads around Freshers’ Fortnight. There’s no easy way of saying this: it sucks. Colds suck. Here are the best ways of dealing with it… at least the best I can come up with (dammit Jim! I’m a digital ambassador, not a doctor!).
Kind of obvious but you need to have some kind of medicinal compound for it is most efficacious in every case (congratulations to the 2 of you who got that joke). Now like I said, I’m not a Doctor so I don’t know for sure what’s the best treatment but chances are you know which ones.
Nevertheless, I recommend Lemsip. For those who somehow don’t know, Lemsip is a powder like medicine that you mix with hot water and drink like tea. It’s good for those who like hot drinks (though if you’re a novice, don’t boil the kettle to boiling point, drinking it will hurt) though you have to drink it whilst it’s hot.
Cough sweets are also good if you have coughs
But like I said, I’m no doctor and if it’s serious, consult your GP.
Don’t overexert yourself
I know Freshers’ Fortnight is an exciting time and you want to go out partying and whatnot but if you’re ill, I suggest that you stay in. Your flatmates and friends should be understanding but if not, stand your ground (actually I should probably do a separate post on resisting peer pressure as that’ll be vital to surviving Freshers’).
Same for lectures. Now I get that they’re important and if you’re like me, the idea of missing one is hellish. But if you’re too ill to be active, then I wouldn’t recommend that you go. You can always let your lecturer know what’s going on and I’m sure they’ll understand.
Conclusion – It’ll pass eventually
Colds will pass. Sadly it won’t go away straight-away but colds aren’t usually that serious and it’ll go away eventually. Just make sure you clean yourself regularly, ditto with washing your hands and be careful around people who already have Freshers’ Flu.
What I’m trying to say is hang in there. It’ll be nasty but you’ll come out of it eventually.
So yeah… a bit of a short one but I didn’t know what other advice to give. If you’re more medically inclined (medical students help me out here!) then comment below.
Now on to that peer pressure post. Until then, fare thee well good people of the internet!