Yesterday, I felt like I was coming down with something. Itchy throat, aching joints, sinus build up. I already kinda knew what was about to happen. So I braced for it, attended a pretty important event (will blog about that tomorrow) and got myself ready for the onslaught. I was going to take it easy right after the event and just go home and rest.
And that’s what’s happening now. I cancelled everything I’ve got today and, I’m going to see if I can do the same for tomorrow, and just rest until this bug/fever/whatever is gone and I’ll be back to normal. Apparently, everyone is suffering and catching something.
It’s the stress from the horrible traffic situation and the blazing heat in the day time followed by these immensely strong downpours and thunderstorms. The weather is crazy, the stress is affecting our immune system, and everything is just falling sick left and right.
Back in the day, I could still soldier through a fever or a really clogged up nose but now, I’m a good boy and I admit defeat and I retreat to my bed and sleep all day until I’m better.
This is what it means to take care of yourself, especially when you are living with HIV. You learn the secret language of your body and you know its limits and you respect it. You give it time to heal and rest and recuperate. You do everything within your power to help it heal and get stronger. You make it work for you. You treat it well and it will work for you in all the ways you need it to.
It’s a very difficult lesson to learn, especially if you love to work and you are a team player who can’t stand not doing your part when everyone else is doing theirs. But if they are team players too, they’ll understand and empathise. And I’m glad to be surrounded by people who understand.
Just stay in bed and get better. I’ll be back in action in no time.