An Autoimmune Parody of Hamlet
To medicate, or not to medicate. That is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the body to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous symptoms,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing them, opening yourself up to getting even sicker than you already are.
Any other Shakespeare nerds out there? I love Shakespeare. The way that people spoke back then was so beautiful and intentional. I mean, all of Shakespeare’s plays are written in iambic pentameter. It is literally poetry. Today on the other hand, we drop all punctuation and spell phonetically. I could go on this rant for a long time, but that’s not why I’m writing this post. I need your help.
I took a few artistic liberties with Hamlet’s speech from Act 3 Scene 1 so that we would be on the same page.
Today I have a debate raging inside of me. I am a few days late taking my biologic, and I can feel it. I can always tell when it is time to go in and get that life changing I.V. Symptoms start cropping up about a week and a half before I am scheduled to get another dose. The problem is, I am on the verge of getting a cold.
My husband is sick. My child is sick. Every day I am shocked that I haven’t got it yet. For the past couple of nights my throat has been sore, but I’ve been gargling mouthwash and washing my hands like crazy. I do not want to get sick again.
The last time I was sick, it lasted 5 weeks. I finally went in for an infusion, and ended up developing strep throat. The time before that I got a terrible ear infection along with my cold. I’ve also had the 24 hour flu this year.
I do NOT want to get sick again… but I also do not want to let my disease run rampant.
What should I do? What would YOU do?