I have some good news...and some bad news.
If you look back to 11 days ago, you will see that I posted about feeling "under the weather
". What I didn't know at the time was that all that rest and "healing" I was doing... was just prolonging my illness...The bad news:
Doctor says I have strep throat
... which would explain why for the past two weeks I have barely been able to eat anything other than mushy food and why I am suddenly out of pain killers. I am now on antibiotics for 10 days to clear it up. I have been instructed to rest for a few days (which I've already been doing.. so it truly is a virus that needs to be cured because I swear to you, my body has been given more than ample amount of rest to heal itself
!) and that I should be back to normal in a week. Lucky for me the weather has turned so my few days of rest will not be spent mourning over my lack of playing in the sun... as there is no sun to play in!
:( sick sick sick :(
The good news: Well, it's kind of good news... more so "interesting" news I'd say. This is the third country that I have experienced strep throat in! The first being my home country Canada, the second was in 2007 when I was in South Africa. That was a very disappointing time to be so ill as it was a 6-week trip...not a lot of time allocated to "rest" and "healing". And this, the third time, in New Zealand.
Sure experiencing strep throat in multiple countries may not seem like something to boast about.. but hey... when you've been on the couch for a few days, you're sipping on water and wincing every time you swallow and sleeping so much it's hard to remember the last time you went outside... I'd say it's fair to look for any and every teeny tiny positive thing to cling to!
And that is my update. May you all be healthy and well!
siiiigh, after trying so very hard to ensure I was getting enough sleep and down time to kick the bug I could feel setting up camp in my throat... I am sick. Oyi I hate being sick. I just don't see any point to it really! honestly.. on this trip I swear I am getting more sleep than I ever got when I was home, I am eating healthier, getting heaps of exercise... why does my body need to be attacked by some silly bug? How... Rude!
So, I am spending time on the couch, sipping hot lemon and honey, wishing this little bug will find a new home soon. Hope everyone else is feeling well, rested and full of energy!!
"...a lot of people are always waiting for 'one day', when they'll have the opportunity to start living differently. But you actually have to make a conscious choice to do it - one step at a time. It is very important to try and honour at least one some of your dreams along the way. From the moment you lose your health, it's too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."
"By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, you may not need the income you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle."
"Happiness is a daily choice and its a moment-to-moment choice. We all have our challenges and go through struggles, but there's always an opportunity to find something beautiful in among all of it. And each time we can do that,
we're finding a moment of happiness when we're in the midst of pain."
Quotes written by Bonnie Vaughan, Good Health New Zealand Magazine