Being sick as an Expat

tea with lemon

I wanted to write this blog post because I was just struck with the flu and I was feeling very miserable. Being sick as an Expat is never fun

I was left alone all for most of the day and my husbands’ usual response to this kind of situation (no joke) is to pat me on the back and say ‘hang in there’.

This is the level of care I get at home.

Now being sick as an Expat is never fun.

You feel miserable and alone and if you are like me,

you just want to curl up into a corner and I begin to miss those people who would have been there to take care of me.

And being sick in another country can make the experience seem even more miserable.

As you have gathered by now, I’m not talking about being gravely ill here,

I am talking about being sick with, for instance, the flu.

Getting back to the story….

What I have learnt the last years is how to take care of myself in these times.

For instance, if you have family, use them to help out.

If you have friends, don’t be silly or think that it will be too much trouble, call them,

get them to bring you hot soup, tissues, whatever it is you need.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you don’t have to be strong all of the time.

Prepare for sick days is my next bit of advice.

I have a “sick bucket” at home with everything I might need in it, from aspirin,

to cough medication, tissues, Vicks vapour rub and more all in a bucket for those

“ I need to throw up moments”.

What I have also done is have freezer meals ready to go in the freezer so that I can still feed my family.

This has been one of the best things that I have done as it means that even when I am tired or working late, my family still gets a healthy meal.

My last bit of advice, that took me a while to figure out,

purely because I thought that I had to always be strong, is to give into being sick.


It’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down, to tune out the world and to take care of you first.

because you literally are unable to take care of anyone else.

So, as miserable as you may feel in the moment, just think how good you will feel when it is over.

My question now is:

What is it that you do, or can do, to help yourself through these times of sickness?

Leave your answers in the comment section below.

You can read more about my expat life HERE or more about being homesick HERE.

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