What's the sickest you've been?
Asked by Jane Belanger
March 30, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.