Sick Tray

I lived by myself for the seven years between the time I graduated from college and when I got married.  I really loved it.

Except for when I was sick.  Being a grown up and having to take care of yourself by yourself when you don’t feel good is the pits.  There are lots of reasons for this, but for me the two big ones were that I didn’t have the care of someone checking in on me and just letting me know that I wasn’t alone.  My grandfather would call (this was before texting….. the mental image of my grandpa sending a text just made me chuckle….. I digress…..) and do his best to achieve that from a thousand miles away, but it’s still not the same.

The other big reason was because I didn’t have anyone to fetch anything.  This sounds ridiculous, but think about it.  When you’re not feeling well, the last thing that you want to do is get out of bed any more than you absolutely have to.  I decided that I could try to do something about this.  So I created my ‘Sick Tray’.  When I would have a day where I was home sick, I made up my tray and set it next to wherever I was going to be stationed that day.  It included the essentials that I needed to make it through the day.


Obviously, I still got out of bed for other things, and more than I would have if I wasn’t alone, but the tray drastically reduced the number of those times.  It was a lifesaver.

A few weeks ago, when my kids were sick, I created sick trays for them.  That was more because I wanted everything that I needed for them to take care of their sickness in proximity to where they were.  And it worked like a charm.


My “usual” Sick Tray items include:

  • Magazine or book
  • Tablet
  • TV remotes
  • Kleenex
  • Tea
  • Water bottle
  • Moisturizer (for when your skin gets dry from the Kleenex)
  • Chapstick
  • Medicine
  • Thermometer

What do you put on your sick tray?

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