A letter to myself

blowing my nose

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Dear Body,

Why do you hate me so?

I am eating better, exercising more, sleeping more and less stressed than quite possibly any other time in the last ten years. Yet this is what, the fourth? fifth? time that you have succumbed to some kind of cold/flu bug this year alone. A new record.

You want to remind me when the seasons are changing? Your friends, the sinuses do just fine a job of that.

Thanks to you, five days of sick leave a year just isn’t cutting it. Everytime I feel that heat in my throat, that ache in my limbs, that fuzz in my head, my heart sinks. BF tells me to man up and power through it. I always do. I go to work and soldier on. Until inevitably a couple of days later I give up and take to bed.

If I’m lucky, you’ll strike on my ‘weekend’ and I don’t have to sacrifice precious leave. Just a clean house and general sanity. Sickness wreaks havoc on the budget; meds aren’t cheap, you don’t want to / can’t cook, and there’s nothing in the house to make soup or other comfort foods with anyway.

You’re a weak, yellow-bellied traitor and I would gladly trade you in in a heartbeat. Especially for one with better eyesight and upper body strength.

Buck up and get it together.

7 thoughts on “A letter to myself

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 20, 2010 at 10:46

    Ugh that sucks! I went through a summer the year after I graduated high school where I had tonsilitis or strep every other week it felt like!

    Drink LOTS of water and take your vitamins. Hopefully your body will respond and take better care of itself!

  • Reply FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com October 20, 2010 at 12:14

    I tend to not get sick any more. I am led to believe that it’s because of the following:

    1. Sleeping better
    2. Eating more raw, natural foods (no oils, fats, butters)
    3. More veggies and fruits
    4. I wash my hands constantly
    5. Eating yoghurt

    I don’t know why but I am a lot healthier ever since!

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie October 20, 2010 at 12:45

    A clean house is over-rated.

    Hope you feel better soon! Eventually you’ll run out of viruses you haven’t had yet, right?

  • Reply Sense October 20, 2010 at 19:05

    Feel better! Tell T to take care of you a lil bit! I know you NZ’ers are all toughies with a ‘can-do’ attitude, but once in a while it’s OK to be spoiled. 🙂

  • Reply Jane October 21, 2010 at 04:19

    I just read an article that said something about colds being a sign of a healthy immune system. That probably doesn’t make you feel any better, though. I hope you feel better soon!

  • Reply Everyday Tips October 22, 2010 at 14:54

    I have been through periods like you are suffering through right now, and it is awful. Try to get plenty of sleep, gargle some salt water and try to reduce stress.

    Also, I found that if I exercise too hard, I get sick. But that is probably just me.

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