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November 15, 2012 / blparham

There is a better way!

STRESS!! Enough is enough. Did you ever secretly wish for a little down time from a hectic, fast-paced life?

I’m serious.  For me, sometimes the ONLY way I can get it, and my body somehow knows this, is to get sick. So sick that I really can’t push myself any further.  I’m talking the down and out kind of sick where you can’t do much else but stay in bed and rest.

Ahh..a day in bed. Sounds like a dream; just one day all to yourself to wrap up in mounds of cozy blankets and fluffy pillows. Woo Hoo!

Sounds wonderful…right?

That is until you add in the fact that you can only breathe out of one side of your nose at time with post nasal drip that creates an annoying, uncontrollable cough keeping you from getting any rest.  The burning and watering eyes; the pain and pressure in your sinuses behind in your eyes that feels as though your head is ready to explode; the pain that radiates into your ears and throat making you feel just miserable.  Not to mention, the sneezing that sends chills down to your bones. Then, when you think it can’t get any worse, out of nowhere, that cozy mound of blankets suddenly doesn’t feel so cozy when your internal temperature wreaks havoc. “Health is not valued till sickness comes.” ~ Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

It seems that there are major inconveniences in getting well needed “rest” in this manner. And, unfortunately, one day isn’t enough to get through an illness such as the flu or common cold. One day leads to another and by day three, the feeling of guilt sets in. You’ve either missed a few days of work, or in my case school and the bedside night table has accumulated a barrage of cold medications, pain relievers, tea cups and snotty tissues.

Bedroom night table full of cold remedies

Again, enough is enough…It comes down to making that call to the doctor, in hopes that you will get lucky and possibly get your hands on a prescription for antibiotics to help you regain good health, or at the least, the written excuse from your doctor validating your illness; your “pass” back into the outside world, so to speak.

There is a better way!

In retrospect, it would make more sense to listen to what your inner self is telling you. If you need a day of rest, as I apparently did, find a way to give that gift to yourself on your own terms. If not, your body will eventually do it for you, and I guarantee it won’t be as wonderful as your fantasies. “One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick.” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

Take time for yourself and stay healthy!




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  1. Allyson Mellone / Nov 15 2012 2:09 pm

    Feel better. I wish you a good weekend 🙂

    • blparham / Nov 15 2012 3:14 pm

      Thank you Allyson. I struck out with the antibiotics (go figure), but did get a script for some good cough medicine. :)! Hopefully I will be back at life by Monday!

      • Allyson Mellone / Nov 15 2012 5:44 pm

        Oh, I hope so too 🙂 It’s Thanksgiving next week, so I wish you a good recovery by Monday with lots of rest. If it is school that has overloaded your life, I hope for you to have a successful semester completion soon. Really take care 🙂 Allyson

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