Musings

To Breathe…Again!

I read this quote years ago and it has always stuck with me because we’ve all been there…

“One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick.”-Rabbi Harold Kushner

The light came into my bedroom yesterday morning and I opened my eyes. I then took a deep breath and thought….”oh my gosh, I TOOK A DEEP BREATH!” The from-the-depths wheezing that had been accompanying it for the past four days was gone. And better yet, taking that breath didn’t send me hurling into a fit of uncontrollable coughing.

I seriously felt like I had just come up for air after being under water. For four days.

Yes, my family still listened to me cough on and off all day yesterday, but my energy was up, my appetite was returning (never hit that quickie 5-pound weight loss I was hoping for) and I didn’t resemble the pale -ish, crazy-haired gal that I was several days ago.

Knock on wood, I think I am turning the bend on this bug.

Bug be gone! And in the nick of time, too. I love baking around the holidays and you can’t bake with a bug. Not unless you want to take down all your friends, as did happen one seemingly healthy Thanksgiving. 12 people. All bowing to the porcelain goddesses within twelve hours of the holiday. But that’s another story for another post.

So, a few observations from my buggy days…

-Reading magazines that tout such headlines as “Banish Winter Bugs” and “Steel Yourself Against the Winter Ills” are nothing short of laugh-inducing as you are sitting on the couch without even the energy to reach to get another magazine. Puh-lease.

-Mucinex, despite it’s anti-freeze color (yikes), horrifying taste (flashbacks to childhood, wrinkling my nose and making a big stink about taking medicine) AND perfectly disgusting name, really is a wonder of modern medicine. I like to go all-natural, but when the chips are down, the hackers reach for Mucinex.

-Yes, a tea-lover can get sick of tea.

-Any food that you don’t have to make for yourself when you are sick is instantly more delicious and triply nurturing.

-You know the gods are watching over you when, on the day you sit and watch four (count’em FOUR) movies in a row, three of the four are ones that you actually like. And you just happened to find them on tv! Trolling Netflix or On Demand was just Too. Much. Work.

-And finally, you realize why there are so many people in the world who pretty much live in their pajamas (fat pants/lazy clothes/nothing involving a real waistband)…because…it’s darned tootin’ comfortable. I put on jeans today for the first time in a handful of days and instantly felt my demeanor change. Those yoga pants and fuzzy robes were Dy-No-Mite!

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