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What's the sickest you've been?

Asked by Jane Belanger

March 30, 2011

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Anna Lehman

From Corona (School Teacher)

I’m actually here [near UCSD Medical Center] because I have...like a leukemia, so that’s the sickest I’ve been. They aren’t treating it right now; they’re just monitoring me. It’s just one of those random things that happen to people.

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Nathaniel Shelton

From Normal Heights (Kitchen Manager)

I had a hernia. I guess that would do it. My intestines were in my scrotum, took up about half of my scrotum, so I couldn’t really do anything. I think I got it from working. I had lifted something before and I lifted something heavy again and it just really, really shot it through. I got it fixed, though.

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Scott McPherson

From Normal Heights (Artist/Musician)

I had a leg infection that stuck around from chicken pox when I was five. I almost had to have my right leg amputated. That’s just kind of the short answer. I don’t really know the details — there’s all these scientific things — but I guess the virus didn’t quite leave my body and for some reason just stayed around in my leg area and got really infected. I remember waking up one morning from a nap — mind you, I was only five, so I don’t remember too many details — but I remember standing up and my right leg just, like, wouldn’t work. It was, like, paralyzed. Weird.

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Rachel Adams

From La Jolla (Owner of Really Good Jam)

The thing that made me go gluten-free. I was in the emergency room for a day. I thought I had appendicitis. They didn’t know what it was. I thought I had food poisoning because I was soooo sick, but they couldn’t find any kind of bacteria. My son had E. coli a long time ago, so I knew the symptoms. They couldn’t find anything, so they said it was a virus. But since I’ve not had gluten, I haven’t been sick again. I was told before not to eat gluten. This kind of confirmed it. Gluten-free is the biggest growing segment of the food industry. I’ve been in England a lot — I’m from there — and there’s so much more gluten-free food than here. More and more people are becoming aware that this is why they’re getting sick.

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Tara Chaloukian

From Normal Heights (Psychology Major)

I had pneumonia when I was in maybe first or second grade. I was pretty sick. I was in the hospital for two days. I was scared, mostly because I was scared of the needles. I guess they thought it was lung cancer at first. Then they took a second x-ray and were, like, “Oh, it moved. It’s pneumonia.” I think I was, like, five or six. I remember it was March, around my brother’s birthday, and I couldn’t breath anymore. It might have started out as a cold and grown into something worse.

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Alfredo C.

From Normal Heights (Student)

I had a bad flu. This was a couple months ago. I was sick for a couple weeks. I usually don’t get sick that much. I was out of school for a little while.

Comments

SurfPuppy619 March 30, 2011 @ 5:51 p.m.

Lucky for me nothing too serious. I have always tried to take good care of my health, but genetics is by far the biggest factor in sickness and disease.

Since I have no health insurance I am lucky I have not been sick.

I tore my right bicep off at the elbow tendon in 1996, and had to have surgery to re-attach it, that was the worst in 40 years.

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SurfPuppy619 March 30, 2011 @ 11:04 p.m.

I would be dead if anything major had happened to me.

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