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October 22, 2010 | Posted By: Emma Stover
It’s that special time of year again: the leaves are turning orange, there is a frosty bite to the air, darkness falls earlier and earlier. And you’re stuck in bed, taken out of commission by any number of nasty viruses that rear their buggy heads as soon as the seasons change.
It doesn’t matter if you bathe twice a day in Purell. Chances are, you’re going to get sick this fall and be forced to stay home from work, a snot-ridden, sore throated, feverish mess. While “resting a lot” does little for life’s productivity, there is one upside: you have the chance to catch up on all those TV shows that you’ve been too busy to watch. This guide will help you decide which series is perfect for you based on your illness.
A cold is one of the most annoying illnesses to have: you’re head weighs about twice what it should, and there is so much mucus in there you think it’s going to start coming out of your ears. But other than that, you feel fine. It’s just bad enough to keep you home, but not bad enough for your coworkers to send you soup and “Get Well Soon” presents.
Diagnosis: 1 – 2 days bed rest.
TV to keep you occupied: Short and punchy is key here. This as a mini-vacation rather than sick leave.
Strep is inconvenient because it really hurts, regardless of how many Ricola’s you suck down. It doesn’t really get better just by waiting it out, so until the doctor writes you a prescription, you’re going to be contagious and out of commission.
Diagnosis: 4 – 5 days of misery
TV to keep you occupied: You’re going to need a little bit of intellectual intrigue if only to distract yourself from your aches and pains.
It’s the sick to conquer all sicks. You’ll be too tired to even go to sleep, and when you do finally crash into a 15-hour fever dream, you’ll wake up to feel even more groggy than when you started. You’ll probably have a sore throat to match your swollen glands, dopey, tired eyes, and bed head. And you might want to get used to it…
Diagnosis: 2 weeks – 2-1/2 months of feeling like garbage
TV to keep you occupied: You’re going to be in this for the long haul. Aim for the super-star shows that had a long run and never lost their ratings.
Guest contributor Emma Stover writes about satellite TV and satellite TV shows for SterlingSatellite.com. She likes 30 Rock the best.
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