I haven’t been this sick since I got the stomach flu almost 2 years ago, and only ate a tablespoon of mashed potatoes once a day for 5 days. I got soooo sick my mommy drove 3 hours to my apartment to clean me and my bathroom up. Only way you’ll hear the rest of that story is if you so dare to come to my incubator of a house and drop off applesauce and ice cream.

I’m not going to sugar coat it. This flu started with going to the doctor because every inch of my body hurt, I was coughing up some nasty junk, and also couldn’t breathe. Only for them to test for the flu, by sticking a q-tip the size of a golf club so far up my nose, I swear it slapped my tear ducts silly. I was NOT crying, you were crying.

Forcing yourself to rest is just hard, when you’re as restless as I am. Watching the world continue to move as you lay lifeless on your bed or your couch is just difficult. I could dwell on the negatives of getting this flu all day long, because believe me, there is a laundry list. But instead I’m going to list what I’ve appreciated about having this flu (flipping this on its head):

1 | My ability to breathe everyday, all day. I’m going to strive to never take this little morsel of goodness for granted again. Not being able to breathe or sleep comfortably the past 5 days didn’t feel nice, and I often was wishing I was my earlier naive self running along the beach freely breathing and not fretting.

2 | Know when to rest. On Tuesday, I taught spin and then went to work a half day, only to be sent home. I fought it. I was worried about not having any sick time left, and worrying about work not getting done in time. I kept lying to myself and my coworkers about being “fine”. I was stifling my cough, and assuring everyone that I felt “totalllly ok”. When in actuality, my whole insides hurt, I couldn’t breathe, and I was sporting a 101 temperature. It was time, and although I didn’t want to rest, my bod had other plans in mind. Resting has been doing me good, in addition to medication, and dopey cough medicine. But rest, most importantly was needed. I don’t want to cheat my body for what it needs, even if it means sacrificing on other fronts.

3 | I’m reading again, and damn it feels funky fresh! I started the year off with “The Four Agreements” By: Don Miguel Ruiz. Easy read, and really great to acknowledge if you’re at a point in your life where you worry about a lot of things out of your control (like me). Next I’m picking up the “The Alchemist” By: Paulo Coelho, for a roommate/friends book club for the month of January. I’m thankful that I’ve been given time to rest, read, and recharge during this flu bug.

Click on the books to purchase on Amazon.

4 | This flu rocked my immune system, so once I feel “ok” enough to step out into public again, I’m going to be an immune boosting homie. I’m talking turmeric out of my ears, and vitamin C, and new supplements, anti-oxidants, and hydration stations! I’m going to use this flu as motivation to take care of myself. Maybe some new recipe action here on the blog?

I hope everyone else suffering from the flu bug is taking care of themselves, and is healing quickly- it’s nasty this year!

– XO –

West Coast Katie

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