Friday, October 16, 2009

Go Figure

So I've been eating crap, not eating as regularly since I got back to work because I'm so busy, not exercising, and yet my freshly-washed jeans are loose (I'm almost exposing my belly a bit today. Note: need longer shirts.)


No gym this morning because I woke up with a pounding sinus headache. One side of my face is feeling a lot of pressure today.

I don't know what is going on with my immune system this year. For the past 10 years or so, I have hardly been sick. Jason has had a couple of severe colds since we met 4 years ago and I've had no problem getting close to him and taking care of him because I never caught anything. When I was younger I was a mess of bronchitis and regular bouts of strep throat (I had strep 7 times one year!). I have just assumed that I got out all my being sick when I was little and now I'm immune to everything.

Only this year that has not been the case. Let us review:
  1. In February I got the flu, which not only pulled me out of work for 2 1/2 days (unheard of!), but led to a cough severe enough to crack a rib, putting me out of commission for several weeks.
  2. In August I got bronchitis, which derailed my workout momentum and made hiking an absolute misery. Finally recovered enough lung capacity to work out sometime in September.
  3. Tuesday morning I woke up with that soreish feeling in the back of my throat that I implicitly know is the precursor to sickness. I've been in denial as I've been blowing my nose for the past few days, and except for the headache and pressure this morning, it hasn't been too bad. I'm hoping the strength of positive thinking will keep this cold from taking hold.
My office building is offering flu shots next week and I think I may get one. Not H1N1, just the regular flu shot. I never get a flu shot, but am thinking maybe I should since my immune system is such crap lately.


Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

So sorry you are not feeling well again... Get plenty of rest (I know, easier said than done) & fluids... I hope your positive thinking (and taking care of yourself) will beat the cold before it has a chance.... :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this will help you or not, because it sounds like an old wive's tale, but here we go....

Because I have bridgework in my mouth, about eight or nine years ago my dental hygienist told me to gargle with Listerine twice a day to keep the gums underneath clean and healthy. She said it had to be Listerine because it had the best antiseptic around; everything else was more flavoring.

My gums are in great shape BUT the kicker is, I've had two slight colds in all that time since then, and that's it. I've been on literally a hundred planes (and you know those things are just petrie dishes of germs waiting to jump); I take the NYC subway (another petrie dish) and I traveled and shared a hotel room with a good friend while she had a very bad cold, and never got a sniffle.

I know it sounds like a cheesy promo, but it's really helped!

Besides, now I have the freshest breath in town!

Fat[free]Me said...

Shame you have been feeling unwell - are you feeling any better now?

Kelly said...

That's a good idea, Anon. I've been using a mouthwash sporadically, but not Listerine.

FFM, still fighting the cold...