Confession: I Can’t Read When I’m Sick

Posted May 31, 2013 by Jana in About Me / 21 Comments

When I get sick, I get REALLY sick. It’s never a “man, I feel a little under the weather” kind of sick. It’s always a, “Stop the world, I’m dying” kind of sick. So, I’m laying here extremely sick, taking meds ’round the clock, and diving into my second large box of tissues as I type this.

One thing I have learned during all my sick times is that when I am sick, I am completely unable to concentrate or pay attention to anything. I remember this one time I was sick, I watched the movie Somewhere in Time. My mom loves this movie. She says it’s so romantic and amazing. I kid you not, I watched it three times one day (when I was sick) and I have NO idea what it’s about. None. It confused the heck out of me. Two years ago I watched the first season of Modern Family while sick. I remembered none of it. I watched the season all over again a month or so later, and it was liking watching it for the first time.

My main point here is: I also can’t read while I’m sick. And it’s SOOOO frustrating. I know many of you who read, like, 5 books during your sick times. I could get SO much done! I can’t even write reviews when I’m sick! I tried yesterday, and I could not form a coherent sentence about the book. I’m laying here in bed, for hours of my life, with my bookshelf staring at me, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Instead, I’m watching Angel re-runs and coughing my guts out.

So, tell me. Is there anyone like me out there, or am I all alone in my delirious state of sickness? Can you read when you’re sick?

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21 responses to “Confession: I Can’t Read When I’m Sick

  1. Awww, honey, I’m so sorry you’re sick!! *hugs*
    It not always the same for me, the last time I was sick I raced through LOTS of books in between sneezing, but mostly I can’t focus on anything either and just watch no-brainer movies or even daytime television.
    Hope you feel better soon!!

    • Thank you! *hugs* I’m so glad I’m not the only one who finds themselves watching no-brainer shows when I’m sick. Haha.

  2. It depends on the book-I need something light and not too serious; I could not read a heavy book while sick. Sending positive vibes to you to feel better soon!

  3. When I am sick I get very grumpy, needy and generally intolerant of anything other than lying down and having my husband rub my head. I usually get bad headaches and ear pain when I am sick too so that makes reading near impossible which is so frustrating because if I am at home in a bed on the couch doing nothing all day, I wish I could spend that time reading, but it is mostly useless.

    • It’s like you took the words out of my mouth! I get pretty grumpy as well, and my headaches are out of this world.

  4. Sorry you’re sick, Jana. Nightmare! I’m a bit useless when I’m ill. Can’t do anything much of anything. I usually watch old films. And cuddle the cats. Until it passes. Wishing you health :0)

  5. I am the exact same way! The last time I was sick, I watched two Seasons of Downton Abbey and White Christmas like 6 times… I remembered none of it.

    So I understand completely.

  6. I hope you feel better soon! You’re not alone. I have the same problem whenever I’m sick. I can’t focus and whenever I try to do anything, it all just goes wrong. Either I read the same page ten times.

  7. Lea

    I am the same. I usually put on movies that I’ve seen so I don’t actually have to know what’s going on. I always wish I could be reading, since I’m laying on the couch or just feeling yuck, but I sort of having this physical resistance to picking up a book. Weird I know, but glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like to read when sick. Feel better!

  8. Oh no! Being sick is the worst, especially with summer approaching soon! I can never read while I’m sick. My attention span is smaller than a pea when I get sick. Sitting still and watching something is the only thing that I can focus.

    I hope you feel better!

    • It really sucks to be sick when summer is upon us. Nobody should get sick during this time of year! I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t read when sick. I really thought I was weird. My mom reads a TON when she’s sick. All I can do is stare at the TV. :) Thanks for the healthy wishes!