Sick again?

Written by on February 5, 2007 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

It seems like every person I know has been sick, not once or twice, but repeatedly throughout this winter, and this time I am no exception.

I’ve always been very much the “I can’t get sick, I’m a mom”, kind of person, and my immune system just rose to the occasion and went along with that, but not this winter.

This winter I’ve been laid low by reoccuring illnesses. This past Friday I got hit with my second stomach flu in six weeks, with a viral head/chest cold followed by a bacterial cold with laryngitis, in between.

So what’s up with that?

I don’t know about others, but to me it’s a real sign that I had just better heed. I know I push myself. I know there’s just too many things I want/need/want to do. I know I don’t get the sleep I should, and that as a single mom I do shoulder a lot of stuff.

But I, also, know I need to let go, that I need to rest and relax. That I can’t try to do everything, because I can’t do everything. And the sooner I get that through my skull, the better off I will be.

This past weekend, my oldest daughter took my youngest and spent two days with her. I slept virtually all of Saturday. Easy to do, because after a night of not being able to keep anything down, and still feeling queasy the next day, I was finally so wiped out, never having fully recovered from my previous illnesses that I could do nothing else.

So I slept, and deeply all day. Had dreams, vivid colors, and no dreams at all.

The next day I didn’t sleep so much, but I did rest.

And today, when I awoke, I actually felt more like a human being and more like my self before the middle of December, when I first got sick.

So it’s not a matter of not being as young as I used to be. A lot of young people were hugging that kamode and calling off work and staying out of school, as well. It’s a matter of taking care of you, while you’re taking care of everyone and everything else – whether it’s family or work or a worthy cause.

Because if you’re laid up and you’re not here, what good are you doing them anyway? And what good are you doing yourself, when you wear yourself to the ground so that you can’t even stand to greet the day?

Take care of yourself. Make yourself a cup of hot tea and cuddle up under a warm quilt, and don’t do anything of any redeeming social value for one day – except to take care of you. And that, may very well, turn out to be the most thoughtful thing you can do for your loved ones and world.

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .

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