I knew it. I knew it since the beginning of this week that I am coming down with a cold. I can feel the different transitional signs that my body has begun to experience starting last Monday. My throat began to hurt when I wake up. My nose has started to be stuffy and clogged. And sometimes I release a puff of air through my rspiratory tract with a guttural effort, a process known in leyperson's terms as coughing. Now, Wednesday, I am officially sick.
I have a cold.
I am contagious.
But I still continue my routine.
Which brings me the thought that was provoked by an American colleague of mine, about his observations regarding the different attitudes by Asians and Americans regarding sickness.
Even when I am coughing and have a stuffy nose, I haven't drank any medication, yet. The only thing that I popped into my mouth is Vitamin C. 1000 milligrams every meal, so as to boost my immune system and make this cold go away. But I haven't taken any Advil, Tylenol, or whatever Brand-oxin Brand-enol there is that one can buy over the counter.
Apparently, most Asians have this philosophy. The reason why I haven't taken any medication yet is because I believe that I can get over this without taking any. It is not serious, after all. It is not life-threatening. I think that if one takes medication at the smallest hint of a headache, then one would eventually be dependent on the drug.
On the other hand, Americans take a pill even if they have a small headache. A small pain here and there. If they cannot sleep, they pop a sleeping pill. If they have dysmenorrhea, they pop a pill. Don't they get drug dependent, that if there ever come a situation when these drugs aren't available, they simply panic?
Maybe it is because of the culture as well. The culture that everything has to be done fast and on time. That every pain must be eliminated as soon as possible, without taking the time to endure it. Maybe because most of the people here have been used to the fast-paced way of life, that they apply it even to their sicknesses.
On the other hand, people in third-world countries, like the Philippines, for example, are so used to waiting and enduring, that they don't feel the need to eliminate their discomforts immediately. In some areas of the Philippines, a UPS-like next-day-delivery system is virtually unheard of. And some people are so bogged down with problems that they simply endure it.
Maybe that is where the difference lies.
Now since when did this cold-oriented entry become a cultural difference entry?