“There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.”
– Henry David Thoreau
So, I caught the flu. Not the “I have a head cold and feel like I have the flu” flu. It was the “I can’t get off the couch, can’t stop sneezing, can’t lift my arms because they ache too bad” flu that had me knocked out for 4 days straight. Thank God for my boyfriend and Sudafed, otherwise, I don’t think I would have gotten better so quickly. (Although 4 days of lying on the couch [2 of which were work days] is not considered “quick” in my book).
Being laid up on the couch for 4 days straight was probably something I needed, but definitely not something I wanted. I am someone who needs to be doing something at all times. In college, I filled my day with projects, classes, meetings… I was constantly busy. Now that I’ve graduated and am working full-time, I still fill my days with plans: gym classes, dinner dates, boyfriend time, running errands, etc. I tried to do things while I was sick but lost energy quickly. I always ended up back on the couch, watching Law & Order reruns and grabbing cat naps when I could clear my nose enough to breathe. Rest was definitely something I needed, physically and mentally. Being able (or forced due to illness) to “shut down” for 4 days does wonders for your health.
I’m still feeling a bit muddy and cloudy but at least I’m up off the couch and not achy any longer. I’m at work today and still recovering – tissues and hand sanitizer with me at my desk. I’m taking it easy for the rest of the week, especially with my gym routine – not trying to over do it and end up back on the couch, sick again.