Through the Fire
My last post was about staying healthy in the winter time. A few days later… yep, you guessed it. Boom, here comes the crud. Fever, chills, achey, panic. That part lasted a few days, then I have just been exhausted. I’ve cancelled this, postponed that. Now I am better. Still tired, some aches in my chest.
So, I used all those ideas I wrote about. Resting. Hydrating. Herbs. Supplements. Soup.
I think that getting this sort of sick isn’t always a bad thing. It’s a time to re-set, to rest, to be with myself. It can be a time to clean up one’s diet, it can be a time to notice some habits. It can be a time to create a support system if you don’t have one, and use the one you do have. Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help.
I get that sometimes you have to just power through. I live a life of great privilege. I’m not working so I didn’t have to lose pay. I don’t have children or other family living with me who need my care. I could cozy up on the couch for most of the day. I give great thanks for all that I have in my life.
In that last post, I touted the virtues of Fire Cider, which I didn’t have. I’ll be making some soon, I think. I did drink lots of herb tea, fizzy water, and a drink our local store calls “Sam’s Fire Water”. It’s another old folk remedy – hot water, lemon, ginger, honey, and a dash of cayenne. It is great when you have that deep chill that comes from being sick and you just can’t get warm. Sipping on that, curled up on the couch, surrounded by blankets and my cat, helped me a lot.
Today I need to get back to business. I’m in a new writing class which started last week. I missed the first meeting and will go today, armed with a thermos of the above drink. My regular weekly prayer circle is tonight. I missed that last week as well and look forward to going. From my couch perspective, that seems like a really full day. I hope I am ready to be in the world again.