Sick Day

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Well, what I have is probably not some dreaded, awful, deadly flu. It’s not ebola, typhus or the bubonic plague. I think what I have is probably just a common cold. I so rarely get sick, I’m never prepared for it. I tend to over think every symptom, until I’m sure I’m on death’s door. I woke up yesterday with the same headache, body aches and stuffy head that I’d had the day before. I called in sick to work.

After almost two weeks, with my new commitments and snazzy new chart for marking each day’s accomplishments, a couple days of not feeling good and I’ve lost all of my momentum. My daily cleaning time and  exercise time, my promise to never go to bed with a single dirty dish in the sink, even my healthy eating and water drinking went right out the window at the first sniffle. All of my good habits were replaced – for 24 hours – with sitting wrapped in blankets, sipping tea.

Yesterday, my sick day, I would do better…I thought. I remember sick days that felt like bonuses, when amazing feats were accomplished to ward off the guilt of cutting class or work. I guess that only holds true if you’re not really sick. Yesterday, though I managed to be upright most of the day, I felt lousy. I managed to get some writing done, answered a few phone calls and wrote a couple necessary letters. I washed two loads of clothes. I simmered a pot of tomatoes, made sauce and put three quarts in the freezer. I made soup. I forced myself to clean up the mess I had made of the kitchen, before collapsing in bed at nine o’clock.

Enough! Today, it’s back to work, and back on track. I don’t have time for self-indulgent misery! Especially when it’s just the common cold!

 

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About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

3 responses »

  1. Cindy, even when you’re sick, you are an inspiration! I hope it is simply a matter of mind over matter, and that your determination to not be sick wins out! Feel better!

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