Sometimes I get so focused on how many hours I put in at the gym or the number that the scale reads, that I forget how fortunate I am to wake up most days healthy and feeling good. It isn’t until I get really sick that I am reminded how much I have to be thankful for.
I started feeling run down on Thursday of last week. After two days of being constantly on the go between school schedules, soccer practices, teacher conferences, karate, the gym and weekly errands, my body was giving me the hint that it was tired. However, I didn’t listen. I ignored the feeling of fatigue and attempted to chase it away with caffeine. I thought I was being productive but would find out that I was not doing myself any favors. By Friday evening, I was suffering from a full blown head cold. My husband worked late that night and it took every last bit of my energy to feed my children dinner. The moment he got home, I retreated to my bedroom and collapsed on my bed. I picked myself up long enough to change into soft comfortable pajamas then sank back into the fluffy bedding. I welcomed the cool pillowcase against my cheek. My skin was starting to burn up with a fever and I began to get the chills. I tucked my legs into my body and pulled the blankets tight against me.
Despite the Nyquil nightcap, I could not manage to get a full night’s rest. I was so congested and my nose was so plugged that I was breathing through my mouth. This caused incredible dryness in my mouth and my throat ached from my continuous coughing. At one point, my throat pain grew so intense that I thought that I might be suffering from strep throat. While standing at the bathroom mirror, I aimed my son’s headlamp light into my mouth as I looked for abnormalities. I tried to position the light so I could see as far in my throat as I could. It was a fiery shade of red. In the middle of the night, in a quiet house, I would lay awake sick and miserable.
Luckily, it was the weekend so my husband was home. This allowed me to rest during the day but my symptoms still made it difficult to sleep.