Isolation (Time at Claflin’s Health Center)

I always start off my blog like it’s not a blog. The first sentence was going to be very essay like stating “Sickness has inflicted me with such consistent force that effort has been thoroughly drained from me”. Now, I feel like this is a terrific sentence, but it sounds like I haven’t spoken to actual people in a while (As opposed to theoretical people).

Last week, I had caught the itis (the nurse never told me what I actually had, just some prescriptions (Thank you Claflin University Health Center) so for ease, it shall be referred to as the itis). This was a very difficult time for many reasons and since my health doth runneth over, I can make fun of the situation. 1. Do you know how fast people will end a conversation with you when you say you aren’t feeling good? It will take about 3 seconds for it to fully register, 4-5 seconds to say they’ll pray for you, 6 seconds to be swallowing hand sanitizer hoping it’s not too late. If this is the way people are going to react to illness then there should be a designated section where sick people communicate with the outside world. I’m picturing some plexiglass and a telephone, even then you might need to keep your holy oil on you to anoint the plexiglass. 
2. “Take these at night, gargle salt water after every meal, take these with food, don’t take this the same day you take these, and make sure you aren’t standing up for this, and try to drink 32 Gallons of water because you might catch kidneys stones”. It’s not very easy to feel better when you are worried about what the side effects of all your different drugs, what not to take with what, how often to take it and such. There were nights were I was really researching why I was taking these pills, what these pills actually did. All the nurse actually told me was “Wow, red red red”. I know kindergartens who would’ve gave me a more colorful description. In fact, I might have felt better playing doctor with some 5 year olds.
3. (Actual Conversation) Me: Wow this tea makes my throat feel terrific. Nurse: I’m make you some more. (Uses same tea bag) Me: Do you mind if I could get some of this tea to take home Nurse: THIS tea is expensive, we can’t do that. I couldn’t actually respond because my justice gland was swollen. Are you telling me you can let me pop as many pills as I want, but the tea is too expensive to give away. To have that sort of attitude over tea, those tea leaves better have each been divinely inspired as they grew in gardens that only nourished their plants with water, miracle growth and Bob Mintzer. Anything short of that is tea for us common folk.
4. So since I’m sick, I get to ride with campus police to the health room (since I live off campus). I call that first morning, and everything is peachy, I ride up there and they check me out and tell me I have a sore throat (Thanks). I call them the next day at about 3, and the guy says, we don’t do that. “Wait, ya’ll did it yesterday.” “Who did!!” “You want me to walk to the health room?” “I’m sure you could find a ride.” “You are supposed to provide transportation for me…Hello? Hello!???”. I call my friend to pick me up (who is perpetually late) and sat in the freezing lobby to catch a ride. As I get to the health room they ask me how I’m getting back to the dorm, I say I guess I’ll walk or teleport, I’ve been working on that option. She tells me “Oh! Well campus sercurity’ll take you”. 5. I had been so thoroughly disappointed through this process of Claflin’s health center, that every little good thing was a MARVELOUS thing. They have honey in the cafe, I really was on the verge of crying. My friends called sporadically to check on me, and I told them how much they meant and then I started making prophesy for them. I found the power of Nyquil, and I finally slept which ended my feverish delusions. 6. Bonus (One of my feverish delusions) I am naturally very paranoid, I just use my logical mind to get away from that, however my logical mind was on a vacation. This let all my paranoia run wild throughout my mind’s playground. I sat in the office for like 20 minutes by myself with some green tea. I was soooo sure that they had put some psychedelic drugs in my beverage. With that thought, my mind was trying to see how that would feel, producing the most vivid colors and tie dye type scenery. I wasn’t sure if this was due to my fever, or to only being able to sleep for 30 minutes at a time. It was very i

nteresting to see what the brain can produce (In hindsight).



Today is March 3rd, which is an important day in an important month.  Today! Is my sister Nidja’s Birthday!  I called her at about 12 last night to tell her Happy Birthday, and we talked about her new job and her plans for my spring break.  March 1st was my 2 year anniversary with the beautiful Valencia Abraham!  Throughout our relationship she has been a constant source of encouragement and a motivation to better myself (and I’d like to think I provide the same).  I remember when I asked her out the first time through text message, and said, “maybe we should goeth outheth” and she responded “Maybe we shouldeth”.  I ran around the band room at least 5 times and fell on the ground, responding something like “Cool!”.  The next day I told her that I wanted to ask her out differently, and asked her out on the balcony, (where she was on my right) and her smile illuminated my soul.  Illuminates currently, will continue to illuminate.  My soul is brighter than easter dresses because of her smile!  It really makes me happy to be able to call her my girlfriend and just love on her!!!!  The 24th is Valencia and her mom’s birthday, and of course, march is when I prepare for my mom’s birthday in April.  Currently I am traveling to Alabama with the Claflin University Pep Band to cheer the University’s basketball team on!  I’m actually just excited to get out of Orangeburg and into a city.  I’ll probably go over to University of Alabama to see what the music department there is like, maybe get a little jam session going.  (Does he even go here?). Then spring break is next week, then! Is the boston trip with the Claflin University music department, for another week, giving me time to network with some Jazz musicians, and again, experience a big city.  I love the opportunity to step out of what I’m used to and experience life!  That’s the best part of college for me, the experiences preparing you for everything from 8:00 mornings to jazzed out nights.  (I prefer the jazzed out nights xp).  I’m just feeling really appreciative today for all the things I’ve been afforded in life so far and the things that will come.


I wrote this two days ago, but I wasn’t near my laptop, forgive me!