When was the last time that you stopped by GWU Student Health Services? I know that personally, I’ve been 5 times first semester, and I just set up another appointment for tomorrow. Why, you might be questioning, do I frequent SHS? No, it is certainly not because I enjoy the scent of Purell and latex gloves.
Ever since arriving at school, I have been struggling with a bad recurring cold. The process goes something like this: get a cold, wait a week, still sick, go to SHS, take a strep test (the doctors always “sure” I don’t have strep again), get a call three days later, strep test positive, go on antibiotics, and repeat (substitute the occasional sinus infection).
Now, you might be thinking that I am some gross, unhygienic person who must never shower or take care of themselves. However, I get at least 7 hours of sleep a night, shower nearly every morning, and wash my hands all the time. So what is possibly getting me so sick?
If you go to GW (as I assume everyone who is reading this does), you may have overheard someone talking about the Thurston “plague”. You may be skeptical of the existence of said plague. But I think I am living proof that such a plague does indeed exist. What else could explain my committed relationship with SHS? Tomorrow will be our 6th date, and I’m really ready to dump them. What could possibly be living inside Thurston that is getting us all so sick?
Is it the black mold that grows on the ceilings of bathrooms, or the layers upon layers of dust that accumulate anywhere and everywhere? Is it that 1100 kids live in the same building, nearly on top of one another?
Unfortunately, I have no conclusive answer, and I sadly don’t think I’ll ever get one. All I can say is that if you’ve had the plague, I sympathize with you; I know how it feels. And is you haven’t gotten sick yet: please, enlighten the rest of us with your tricks of the trade.