Monday, March 9, 2015
Super Bugs! (The real ones; not, like, your kids or mother-in-law or work colleagues!)
What a time of it I've had! In my 60 years on earth, I have never been as sick as I was last week. My flu virus (s) came on suddenly; and instead of gradually getting better, I progressively got worse and worse. Day 6 and 7 were the days that scared me the most; I was so terribly ill, sleeping almost constantly yet fearing that sleep because perhaps I wouldn't wake, ending up in a coma or something. Seriously! I'm not given to hysterics, but I was terrified because of how ill I was. My daughter is an almost-nurse (graduates this May), and she tells me of the people that die every year from influenza -- the very young and the elderly. We never hear about that, do we.
Anyway, when I began to experience chest pains, I did go to my local Emergency (being one of the thousands of people in NS who don't have a family doctor). They were quick to do x-rays and blood work and an EKG. Verdict? Nothing serious; just a "bad flu". It was somewhat comforting to hear that. So, I've just had to tough it out. I began to actually feel improvement on Day 10; today on Day 14, I still have sinus issues, headaches and tummy troubles; but I was able to enjoy my weekend with my girls.
My Nursie daughter is always after me to have a yearly flu shot. (Doctor said it wouldn't have helped this bug.) She says that if you're over the age of 55 and have any other issues (heart, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc), it's imperative to get a flu shot. She says that a virus on top of existing health stressers can be too much for our bodies. I've always been one to treat myself naturally, if at all possible. But next year, I'll be first in line for the flu shot!
A serious illness meant a serious look at my life and my sugar addiction. Now-a-days, everything seems to point to sugar being the root of a myriad of health problems, so the sugar's got to go! On the reverse, there's also a lot of buzz lately about probiotics and how good they are for us. My latest issue of "Prevention" magazine has a good article that states probiotics even works wonders on depression and anxiety, a growing issue for many people.
Now, I love a good, plain, probiotic-laden yogurt. But I was really happy to find that a probiotic diet can contain more than just vats and vats of natural yogurt. I'm even happier to find that because of my international kids, I already enjoy some of these extra goodies. If you're interested, "Women's Health" has this great overview - Other Probiotic Foods.
I plan to increase my intake of these miracle foods and eliminate as much refined sugar as possible. I will continue to think positively, laugh often, swim & walk and to treat myself gently. The only good thing to come out of a crippling flu virus is that I've already gone through the kicking-of-the-sugar monkey on my back.
Any more positive advice from my blogging friends is welcome.
Keep healthy my friends!