Fear of Getting Sick

No one likes to be sick. Regardless, the implications of getting sick are far more complex for those who are living with chronic illness.

Today, I had sessions with my ongoing caseload of nursing home residents. Prior to entering the facility, I noticed a sobering accouncement: several residents within this facility have contracted a gastrointestinal virus.

I decided to proceed with my original plans. After all, my position doesn’t require the provision of direct patient care.

Nevertheless, the very last thing that I could possibly need at this point is to get sick. Doing so would inevitably exacerbate my underlying chronic conditions.

For example, if I were to develop a fever, my MS symptoms would be intensified. Developing a fever raises your core body temperature, and my MS symptoms are notoriously heat-sensitive.

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