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How to Tackle a Medical Scare Away from Home

Being away from home is hard enough but when out of the ordinary events occur the struggle becomes almost unbearable.

Health is always the most important thing so when it fails you, it can be very discouraging. It’s easy to feel like you should give up and let panic takeover, but it’s important to recognize your duty to yourself.

I recently had a medical scare myself, and while I am not going to get into specifics, just know I was terrified. However, no matter how much I wanted to I stuck it out because I owed it to myself to approach the problem with a level head to help myself get better.

If you find yourself in this kind of situation, here are my tips to guide you through.  

Allow yourself to be upset.

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This is a scary time and you need to accept that it’s OK to be emotional. You have to allow yourself time to process the unexpected.

Call your mom.

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Even though she’s far away, your mom will always know what to do, especially when her baby is in danger.

Wipe away your tears, because it’s time to think logically.

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Now that you’ve gotten through the initial shock, it’s imperative you figure out a plan of action. You cannot act slowly on this, putting your health at stake is not worth it.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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Friends are there for a reason and if you have good ones they will always be there for you in your time of need.

Keep everyone updated.

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Whether it be your family, your professors, or work you have to make sure everyone is aware of what is going on.

Think about you, not school or work.

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I know it’s hard because it’s incredibly easy to get behind in college but your health is so much more important than an A. And I promise your prof will understand. The same goes for work, you can’t make that money if you aren’t alive girl.

Focus on healing.

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If you do not give yourself time to heal you will not get better. I know it’s easy to think you have to get back to your daily life as soon as possible but if you do not give your body a chance to repair itself you will not recover physically or mentally.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

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Sometimes things happen and it’s easy to feel defeated when your own body betrays you, but it’s important to continue to love yourself no matter what happens.

Kaci Watt

Columbia Chicago '21

Hey I'm Kaci! I'm a sophomore journalism major and public relations minor who loves shopping, watching youtube, and writing!
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