Number Two: Fear

The second question from the journal 3000 Questions About Me asks, “What is your greatest fear?”

Well, right now, the fear in the world is the coronavirus. Right now, I’m at home on a Sunday. My Sunday routine is to attend church (shout out to Rising Star Baptist Church!), but unfortunately, I have this “stuff” that causes me to have laryngitis, clogs my sinuses, and is not draining correctly. Therefore, I am at home trying to feel better!

medicines thermometer
Medicine for Illnesses

In October, I got my flu shot. Last week, I had flu-like symptoms. The medical professionals said, “You can still get the flu, it’s that you won’t have it as severe as if you didn’t get the flu shot.”

OK. But, this flu-like illness is lingering. Maybe because I took two days off from work instead of a week, and I’m not resting correctly.

I don’t know.

Then, comes the news of the coronavirus from China. My fingers go to Webmd.com, and I’m looking up symptoms (yes, I do this). My immune system is so weak that I always think I pick up everything! I mean, look, I’m a teacher, and I had students who were out for a week. I have tons of Clorox wipes, and I’m wiping down desks and doorknobs (I wish I could wipe down their papers, too). And then, I remember that my nephew taught in China and came in for Christmas! No, I can’t blame my nephew. He’s healthy. Plus, that was during Christmas! What am I thinking?

I don’t have the coronavirus.

However, as a former journalist, I know how the media works. They want to spread fear and melee so that people (like me) will wonder if their common cold will turn deadly. The sensationalism of journalism makes things larger than life itself not for public awareness, but to build a systemic fear – a need for a Bubonic plague-like panic!

A student in my night school class at the community college said that at every decade, there’s an illness. I don’t know about that, and neither did I want to research it, but I did notice some diseases that were headlined: Bird Flu, MRSA, Swine Flu, SARS, Anthrax…

Whew! I survived all of that! Thank you, God!

But, here I sit with phlegm and mucous clogging every cavity of my sinuses; my face hurts, my throat hurts, and now I’m drowsy because of a lot of people swear by Alka Seltzer Cold Plus. I guess I do need to rest, don’t I?

Well, I promised to write a weekly blog based on the journal. The second is fear.

What do I fear? Nothing, really.  I just want to get well.

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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