In the first week of 2013, I got sick. It was on Wednesday that I started to feel tired and cold. When I went home after work, I got into my bed, fully clothed, pulled the blanket up over my head, and slept for a while. Over the next few days, there was a lot of shivering, a lot of sleeping, and a lot of randomly weird body aches. I still don’t understand why being sick means you have to feel like someone has been continuously throwing oranges at you.
After my first round of sleeping off the fever, I had to start using pharmaceuticals. In order to get what you need for a cold in Germany, you have to go to an Apotheke. You can’t buy over the counter cold medicine in grocery stores here like you can in the US; you must go to an Apotheke for your medicinal needs. They all use either a variant of this red ‘A’ logo, as seen on this receipt, or in some cases, an internationally recognized green cross.
What I purchased this time around is pictured below, except the Ricola cough drops. Those are the same here as they are in the US.
Aspirin – This is pretty much the same as it is in the US. The packaging is different, to meet Germany’s exacting packaging and trash rules, but aspirin is aspirin. I grew up having Bayer aspirin all my life, and didn’t realize until I got to Germany that Bayer is a German company. They’re a very big name in medicine here.
Grippostad – This is a multi-symptom cold medicine. It has components for head and body aches, runny nose, cough, and fever. It also has a boost of vitamin c, and it’s pretty effective at masking the rest of those symptoms for a little while.
Lemoncin – This is for sore throats. It’s a lemony losenge. It tastes pretty good.
Aside from that, I just fight being sick with lots of water, eating when I need to, and taking lots of rest.
How do you cope when you’re sick?