Wednesday, August 15, 2018
I would probably recover from being physically sick faster if I would just sit my tuchus down and chill out for a week or so, but I have to balance my mental health needs with my physical needs (and Cooper’s requirements). So, even though I have been sick for over 2 weeks now Cooper and I are averaging 6.3 miles a day of dog walks this week, and we averaged 6.5 miles a day last week... that IS less than usual, but probably more than is prudent for me. As for my mental health? I put myself into self imposed quarantine for a few days until I was very certain I was no longer contagious... and I was bored, bored, bored... but I figured it was okay to be outside and walking, as long as I didn’t stop to talk to anyone (or cough on them!)... so when the boredom started to get to me I would just go out and walk, with or without Cooper... quite often without! I wasn’t going for speed or distance, or anything like that, really just a change of scenery and movement. I know it got my heart rate up though, having a hard time breathing and walking raises your heart rate pretty quickly. I have been on the antibiotic for the secondary bacterial infection for going on 5 days now, and while I am noticing improvement I still feel pretty sick, and I keep spiking a fever..: the nurse at my doctors office said unless it goes over 101 degrees there’s no need to call them or get concerned... yesterday it was 100.7... enough to make me truly miserable, but low enough to be in the just deal with it category. In all this I found out that Tylenol makes me nauseous, zofran gives me a headache, and being dehydrated makes me pass out... yuck! Anyways... that’s just whining. I promised myself that I would stop whining! Silver linings... that’s going to be my focus each morning when I get up. My silver lining yesterday was that for the third time in 2 weeks a birdie dropped a bomb NEXT to Cooper’s head... rather than directly ON his head! Little dog must have good karma, lol!
In summation, I know I would recover faster with more physical rest, but my mental health issues would suffer, and I avoid suffering on the mental health front when possible. Cooper enjoys our walks too! A happy dog makes for a happy home!