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!
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.
But yet I went food shopping, I meal-prepped, I finished planting the vegetable garden (it even rained while I was doing it and I didn't go inside), I cleaned the house and cooked dinner. Instead of telling myself to take it easy, I went full force with my normal Sunday routine and decided to add a couple of activities! Not smart in retrospect.
I try to follow a healthy lifestyle. I workout 5 days a week. I eat mostly a plant based diet. I try to sleep 7 hours a night. I take vitamins and incorporate healthy products like matcha, collagen, turmeric and mushrooms. I enjoy learning about what products can keep me healthy and help me avoid illness later in life. Yet, while I was sick, I ate Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup!
Canned soup for me is a big No-No! I follow a low sodium diet to help regulate my blood pressure and to avoid heart disease that runs rampant in my family (men & women). But while I've been sick, the hot broth soothed my throat, the noodles were soft enough to eat and the soup made me feel warm. And (I have to admit) it tasted really good.
So for the past couple of years when I haven't been sick, I make my own soup, my own vegetable broth from veggie scraps I freeze, which helps me avoid sodium laden canned soup. And I love it! It is so flavorful and satisfying. I can eat soup all year round! Also, for the past couple of years when I haven't been sick, I've been lucky enough not to have to take any pharmaceuticals. I only take vitamins for additional nutrition support.
Does this one sickness where I've taken pharmaceuticals, ate canned soup and haven't been able to exercise make me a non-healthy person? No. Does it make me a person who has to be reminded to listen to her body when it tells you enough is enough? Yes. Believe me, I can't wait to get back on the horse and start exercising and go back to my normal plant based eating routine. But until my body tells me I'm ready, I'm going to sit on the couch and take care of it.
If you can relate to this blog post, let me know how you recognize that your body needs a break. Also, any tips you have on caring for yourself during that time. I love hearing your tips on healthy living! If you'd like free healthy living tips and recipes, follow my blog on Bloglovin.