Yes, that’s me. The world’s worst patient. But I have a reason for it. Are you ready for this one?
World’s worst patient reporting!
I just hate being sick!
I truly do. I have so many ideas to get on paper and options to explore and things going on (not to mention the responsibilities of my 9-5 job), that being sick does not do me any good. It sets me back, it makes me stop and hey – I don’t want to stop! There is NO TIME to STOP!
So disappointed was I on Thursday afternoon when I announced my impending illness at my 9-5. I left the office and made it to Rite Aide to pick up my Rx before coming home to my bed. I slipped under the covers and….began working. “Well since I’m in bed I can catch up on some of my health reading and catch up with my studies at Institute of Integrative Nutrition. And I can watch that vlog on how to build your business…” I think I fell asleep at 12:30 that night, my body limp with sinused fatigue. The next day I woke up, writhing in fevered agony and quoting Sally J. Friedman, “I’m not LONGED for in this world…” But since I could still open my eyes, I pulled my computer into my bed and picked up where I left off. As I shivered under the covers, I watched and read and grew more and more tired.
Finally at 2:30 pm…I gave up. I pushed off the covers and ceremoniously dumped my computer on my desk in the other room. I put the books away, drew the blinds and went to sleep. I rested. I snoozed with relief, knowing that this was the right thing for me to do and sneezily happy that I finally gave in to what was best for me. I did what I should have done at the beginning of the week when I knew I was getting sick.
Does this story sound familiar?
Even during this season of sick, when many people are catching bad colds, sinus infections and flus, we are still not letting ourself accept that sometimes, our bodies will get sick. We think resting is unacceptable and somehow puts us in a category of “weak.” We “feel bad” (figuratively) that we can’t continue as if all is well. As if it’s more socially acceptable to run ourselves into the ground until we are knocked out and of no use to anybody. As if going into work settings and public places to infect the masses is the “strong” thing to do.
So please. If this is the direction you tend to lean in try this: let yourself off the hook! Be nicer to yourself! I can tell you now, you are not a weakling to stop and take care of yourself. If you think you are, you are most likely the only one who thinks so. You are simply one of many people who’s bodies are needing time to heal. Listen to your body. It’s ability to keep breathing, blinking, pumping blood through our veins, and performing mitosis without us doing a thing lets us know that it is waaaaaay smarter and efficient than we give it credit for. So give it what it asks for, when it asks for it. It is trying to do you a favor.
The good news? During my reluctant illness I discovered an awesome tea, courtesy of Institute of Integrative Nutrition, that will assist to relieve the symptoms of your cold. Specifically, it will relieve sinus pressure and warm you up through your chills. Take care, take rest and drink up!
The magic ingredients.
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (about 1/2 of a lemon)
- 1 tablespoon of grated ginger root
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- dash of cayenne pepper.
Grate the ginger root and deposit the shavings at the bottom of your cup. Boil water and pour into the waiting cup. Add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, raw honey and cayenne pepper. Drink liberally! And feel better soon!