And I am not good at being sick.
I used to get sick quite a bit. A major sinus infection (or two) every winter. Strep throat several times a year. Then, I decided to get healthy: lose weight, exercise, take care of myself. And — miracle of all miracles! — I stopped getting sick. In fact, I cannot recall a time since the fall of 2009 that I’ve been honest-to-goodness, stuck-on-the-couch, feed-me-chicken-soup sick. But I’m there now.
I’ve been fighting it, hard, for a couple of days. It started with a bit of tightness and burning in my chest. I first noticed it at the gym. I didn’t think much of it because I was in the middle of an intense session on the elliptical. Then, I got to work and started feeling a bit … well … off. During our staff meeting, I started sweating through my shirt. Gross, I know, but there’s lots of stuff about the body that’s gross. Again, I didn’t think much of it because the temperature in our office is so hard to regulate.
By the end of the day, I was exhausted and knew something was coming. I skipped my spin class and brought out the arsenal: hot tea, lemon, honey, zinc, echinacea, vitamin c, V8 … By bed time, my temperature was up to 99.6. Made the decision then and there to sleep as late as I possibly could. That meant, again, no gym. When I woke up, I felt OK. Sounded awfully congested and had a bit of a cough, but felt fine. And, luckily, I’ve been fever-free since that first night. So, off to work I went.
After a planned half day at work I headed up to my parents’ house to spend the weekend. I went to kickboxing with my sister but only made it through half the class before my lungs just couldn’t take it anymore. It was not my funnest trip home. Sick sucks.
That’s how this … bug … has been. One minute I feel fine, the next I can barely stay awake. It’s very odd. And, it could be that I just don’t remember it. Or, it could be that I’m kind of a baby when I’m sick. (Really, it’s probably 30 percent the former, 70 percent the latter.) Either way, this sucks. A lot. I’m sitting on the couch, drinking fluids, watching TV and being bored.
I’ve been downing a hot tea of honey and lemon juice like it’s my job. I’ve done steam treatments, which have left me hacking and coughing — doing what it’s supposed to do, I know. And I’m actively taking time off from the gym and from my “normal” eating habits to listen to my sick body tell me what it needs to get better. I’m hoping I can return to my regularly scheduled life as soon as possible. But, I recognize that my body is telling me to slow down and get well — especially since I have a big vacation coming up very soon.
I like healthy, running, active me better than sick on the couch with a box of tissues and hot tea me.
“‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.” ~Henry David Thoreau