Ever since I started working in a cubicle environment instead of offices, I’ve found myself getting sick more often. I used to get sick maybe twice a year and now I find myself getting sick once every couple of months. I dragged myself to work this morning and now I’m starting to regret that – I thought I felt good enough to come in but I definitely should have stayed home.
So to amuse myself, here is the cost of being sick:
- Tissues – $6 for 3 boxes. I always “splurge” on tissues and buy the ones with lotion. And chances are, I’ll use up all 3 boxes before I get better.
- Nyquil & Dayquil – $13. I need this to survive both at night and during the day if I have to go out.
- Advil – $8. If I’m at home, I’ll take this during the day to bring down my fever instead of Dayquil.
- Zicam – $10. I usually try to take this right when I start getting sick but I forgot about it this time. I’m going to regret that.
- Zinc – $4. I find Zinc really helps you to not get as sick if you take it right when you start seeing symptoms.
- Gatorade – $17/24 pack. When I’m sick, Gatorade is the only thing I want to drink.
- Food – $30/3 days. I don’t have the energy to make food for the first few days when I’m sick so usually G will end up picking up food for both of us to eat. I’m going to estimate about $10/day.
This brings the total cost to: $88.
Obviously, the medicine can be stretched across time – I’m not going to finish a whole box of Nyquil during one round of being sick. But if I don’t have any at home, this is the cost.
Of course, I’m not even mentioning the sleepless nights, the days spent with fever, the hours missed at work – and yes, I’m assuming there are sick days when calculating these costs. Actually, I think I’m running out of sick days at work which is a problem – my last job, we had unlimited sick days so it’s still strange for me to try to track how much time I’ve taken off because I’ve been sick.
Anyway, my point is – if you can help it, don’t get sick like me. It’s not fun at all.
How often do you get sick? What are your go-to remedies?