While soaking in miniature houses at the fair, observing cool LEGO sets in stores, and attending concerts, I was brainstorming ideas for “The Story” as I always do. This week’s focus was worldbuilding the Lanchester farm. Trishna was born and raised there. Unfortunately, the implications of some mild bug has taken some of my focus away, so let’s explore how John (laying “in bed”) and Trishna help each other through their sicknesses, to get healthy.
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (some spoiler-marked scene brainstorming)
Early Childhood Illnesses
John probably didn’t get sick too often growing up. Or maybe he did and just learned to overcome it? His families certainly didn’t have enough insurance or money to bring him to the doctor on a regular basis. Fortunately, Trishna’s family made sure she was in good health. They weren’t overly protective and wouldn’t keep her in a figurative plastic bubble, so she could also handle much of the small sicknesses that could come up.
John’s Possible Pneumonia
In “The Scene” – highlight Like this! for minor spoilers – John calls Trishna’s residence, three hours away, from a rainy phone booth. He’s been kicked out of his house, beaten, and seeking refuge with his only friend. Her family picks him up and find he’s nearly comatose, barely responsive, and possibly suffering from pneumonia. I don’t know enough about realistic sicknesses in those situations, so that could be too dramatic. We’ll see how this idea progresses.
John’s Allergic Adjustment
John is afflicted by an animal, pet, or dander allergy shortly after arriving at the Lanchester farm. He’s worried that he’s insulted them or that they’ll kick him out. Trishna and John talked for years online, her parents sat in occasionally to check in on her and chat with him, and they took a liking to him (see spoilers above), so they help get him sorted out. It’s either overdue shots or medication he needed.
How They Adapt
One thing I like about these characters is that they genuinely understand each other. One aspect of this might be noticing when they’re starting to feel sick before showing visible signs. Trishna might notice when John is less motivated to do certain activities, and John might notice when Trishna isn’t as active. One will then take the initiative to help the other get more water, rest, or eat foods that might boost their immune system.
How I Adapt
The primary benefit of capturing my physical and mental health data multiple times a day for my Weekly Rowing column is that if I notice my exercising efforts decrease over a few days, then I’m possibly getting sick. Time to consume twice as much water as normal! Rest more and find those potential stressors that could have caused me to become sick. That’s external recognition. Trishna and John, do that sickness recognition internally and comprehensively.
How I Adapted
I’m feeling better after sleeping 11 hours, drinking liters of water, and completing this update. Likewise, these characters probably have similar “feel better” health routines.