Confessions: I'm not perfect and I ate Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup


I have been very sick for almost 7 days! For the first 2 days I alternated between a heavy sinus feeling, losing my voice, sleeping like there was no tomorrow and having no energy. I took NyQuil at night and DayQuil during the day. On the third day, I woke up after a great night sleep and said to my type A self, "I feel good, I must be getting better! Let me get in a soft workout and drive to the office and go to physical therapy after work and cook dinner and do everything my normal, not sick self would do!"

That was not the greatest idea! The next day, the fourth day, I went to the office and the coughing was really bad! I couldn't even stand to be around myself. The office I work in is an open environment which means no one has a personal cube or office. Since I was hacking so much, I knew I couldn't sit next to others and be really loud and hacking all day, so I found a room that can be used for some privacy and stayed there all day. I joined all conference calls in the building via phone.

On the fifth day, I woke up with a heaviness in my chest. Uh-oh! I know that feeling! Bronchitis. I let my boss know I needed to see a Doctor. I was able to get an appointment with my GP that morning and in an hour I was on Z-PAC and a nasal spray to help me manage the cough. As I write this post, (it is day 7) I started thinking what made me stop taking care of myself when I was sick earlier in the week? Could I have avoided getting bronchitis if only I had slowed down?

A couple of things you need to know about me, as I mentioned earlier I am a Type A personality. I know this about myself and I don't make excuses about it. I am who I am! Love me or not! Type A personalities tend to drive towards accomplishments (read: get it all done). There isn't time to not get activities or plans done. When you are working towards a goal, Type A people work to complete that goal. Whether or not it is a detriment to our health!

Type A

Since I know I am Type A, I really value the time I spend working out and practicing yoga. Why? Because the physical activity gets me out of my head and makes me focus just on the present. After all, you can't effectively build muscle or gain flexibility if you are thinking about your to-do list. You have to put all efforts into the present to get the results.

Next thing you need to know about me is I value my health beyond all other things. I know, it doesn't seem like it from this post but I really do. That is why when I started to feel slightly better, I immediately wanted to get to the gym. I am taking physical therapy to overcome arthritic knees and not being able to do the exercises I have to do on my own for two days was killing me!!! I felt so bad that I wasn't keeping the work going for therapy that I wanted to get back to the gym right away. Obviously a bad move.

The last thing you need to know about me, I am stubborn about routine. I strictly adhere to regimen and when I don't, I get stressed. This can be exhausting - even for me! One reason I got sick is I came home from a business trip and I told my significant other when I woke up the next morning, that I wasn't feeling well, like I was getting sick.