So by 30th April I am in the second week of a really bad influenza style illness and it is hacking me off.
I must admit, for a while I was actually rather scared, thinking I had dengue fever or a sever bout of malaria and maybe I would not recover. I can’t still know when it will finish as it is really dragging on and although I am now with an appetite again, I still have the dregs of a cough and head pains
I got a cough when I was in Bali on the last day of training and put it down to the fact that I had been in and out of this horrible climate and air conditioned offices and rooms for 2 weeks now so to be expected that I would develop a cold. Having said that I also had a real sensitive PAIN in my teeth by the bridges for 2 days before and so possible it was something I was eating (over-indulging on: bread, wheat, yoghurt?) That got me there.
They say that everything in life is for a reason and there is a reason for everything so analysis of why this fever struck is needed later but for the moment I am concentrating purely on full recovery.
As I was flying from Bali back to Goa next day I had thought I would simply sleep the “cold” developing off on the travelling and then when I got back I would recover with the normal jetlag before heading back to the office.
I did sleep all of the Saturday after I got back and most of the Sunday I felt rough so did nothing but rest. I drank lots of water and little else really. I had lost my appetite and I had eaten so much bread in Bali I felt that I probably was bloated up anyway! My diet had gone from rarely bread and wheat to everyday loads of bread due to it being delicious and there for breakfast! I should have been wary perhaps then.
On Monday, still feeling below par, I felt another day relaxing and sleeping would possibly help and my neighbour kindly bought me some boxes of tissues and water. Not fixed but on the way to recovery I felt. So Tuesday I also took off – just to be sure- I felt somewhat relieved so decided to go in to the office again on the Wednesday. In the interim I had taken some Gelsimium from my emergency pack of Homeopathic meds as this was for flu-like symptoms (My sister had suggested)
BACK TOO SOON!
Felt sluggish at first when I got to the office and although initially I just felt it was lack of energy due to a bad cold clearing, after about 4 hours I was freezing and feeling like collapse. So I headed home via the massage spa as I felt that a good massage would relieve any pressures and thus knock it out of me! This resulted in me going straight home and sleeping for 14 straight hours. Great, I thought this should help and I should be fine by the end of week so that I can get back to some serious work.
BUT THE UNIVERSE HAS OTHER PLANS
Next day I woke with a banging head, a nose needing forever-blowing and a cough. So now I decided to go to the doctor. However as I hate all chemical medicines and I didn’t want an injection or simply antibiotics to remove a problem but possibly cause another one I went to the Ayurveda clinic. The doctor there was a very peasant man and he prescribed a tonic/system clearer that he had made up for me and a cough mix. The tonic to be taken before my 2 or 3 meals a day – I was hardly eating at this time as no appetite so this was going to be a case of force feeding myself perhaps.
So I started on the regime of morning tea/water and then this cocktail followed by some oats (Doctor told me to eat easily digestible foods and small amounts of oats or wheat/rice). Mustn’t drink milk, (nor eat cheeses I assume), nor eggs, nor grapes or bananas (which were all the things I had picked up as easy foods to eat) so I had bought Oats although usually I rarely touch them. Had that each morning and sat on the balcony or under a fan for a few hours in the coolest parts. Watched TV or read book when needed to do something but head then throbbed so sleep needed again. This was a case of a few days of sleeping, moving, sleeping, moving, drinking water (lots) and eating little soup etc.
Went again to the Doctor after 4 days as the sinus head was now getting really bad and after seeing him and getting repeat of the cough mix I then had a sinus treatment which enabled me to breathe deeper and cough up lots of deep phlegm (although I didn’t seem to have much) but it also really cleared the sinus.
My appetite started to return so that was good – not eating loads but was eating more than simply the soup or tea now.
By 2nd May I felt I was on the home leg. went for a 2nd sinus treatment which GAVE me a banging head but I think part of that was the fact that I had to shut down my computer and take it to be repaired – which was a TOTAL recovery and restart of the system! So that stressed me out as now I was not going to be able to carry out my web searching without a computer!
So today (4/5/14) I am feeling a lot brighter, although still suffering with a slight headache and cough but I am ready to try the office again tomorrow. Once I get there it will be a case of play it by ear and if my energy drains too fast I will be sensible and return home to rest again. I managed to get to a lunch for a couple of hours to see friends and felt less drained after although after that and coffee with another friend/neighbour across the way I then simply relaxed at home again doing very little.
Recovery is slow but it IS recovery. Viruses can cause a mere blip in the pathway of life, they can cause major damage when not attended to quickly & correctly, or they can be the catalyst for a major overhaul.