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"Reflections on Battling Illness and Coding with AI Support"

Feb 6, 2024 - 3:05pmSummary: I've been battling a non-COVID illness for about two weeks with symptoms like headaches, body aches, a sore throat, and a severe cough. It's been a long time since my last illness due to a healthier lifestyle, with over three years passing since I needed to take a sick day. This experience has been a humbling reminder of the vulnerability to sickness. I'm starting to recover, and AI has been instrumental in allowing me to continue coding despite the illness.

Transcript: Health report. I think it's like day 12 or 13 or 14 of whatever this goddamn sickness is. And I'm fairly sure it's not COVID because I took a test and it was negative, but holy shit, it's been brutal. I'm like headaches, body aches, sore throat for a couple of days, turning into a cough where I'm hacking up my lungs every time I say more than a couple sentences. It applies to voice notes too, I realize now. Yeah, it's been so long since I've actually been sick that I think I've forgotten how to get better. I used to get sick pretty often when I was a kid and then I started working out and spending more time outside and really drastically reduced the frequency of getting sick. My last time being sick was the November before COVID happened, so solid three-year streak. I don't think there was a meaningful sickness in there that required me to take a day off besides hangovers. So yeah, it's been humbling and I think I'm on the recovery train, feeling better. The brain fog's lifting a little bit, but man, if it weren't for AI, I don't think I would have written any code over the past two weeks. Thank God for AI.

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