Saturday, November 10, 2012
Been sick for 8 days now. Started as a sore throat, aches, then sinus congestion, now cough. Triggering my asthma too. Had to postpone my midterm, cancel 3 clinical shifts, haven't made it to the gym for sure, and just generally frustrated!
I started reading a new book, The Chemistry of Calm. I'm only a little into it but it seems really good. My counselor recommended it to me since I'm not interested in taking many medications for my anxiety. This psychiatrist explains the easy steps it takes to start turning your own chemistry around using nutrition, exercise, mental, and physical healing. I am finding it very interesting and right in-line with my way of thinking. Anxiety is an over-whelming response to normal stressors - if it's an 'imbalance' then it can be rebalanced!
This time "off" being sick has given me the realization that our society no longer allows you to be sick for 7-10 days. To "go to your sick bed" and get better. Your doctor tells you to "rest" but we interpret that as maybe trying not too work quite as hard as usual? We wonder why, then, we can't get better fast? I know when I pushed and worked an 8 hour shift in the ER on Wednesday, I not only felt worse, but I'm pretty sure I lost ground. I talked to a midnight nurse today, found out several of them are sick, yet because there's no sick-coverage, no one is going home. We're working through the worst illnesses and then we complain we aren't getting better. Hello - do you not see the definition of insanity here.....
So here I sit. Working on my Christmas list. Looking at gifts to buy other people. Thinking about trying to remember all the material for my midterm I studied for last Tuesday and now have to remember for this Tuesday. Aye! Guess I'll just keep sipping my fluids, eating good food, and trying to stay on top of anything healthy I can that's possible. As tempting as it is to sit here and eat junk food (not saying I might not have possibly enjoyed a few super clearance halloween candy). But I did make a huge crock pot of chicken soup that should have some curative properties!!
Hope everyone is having a good weekend!!