I’m sick! How embarrassing.* Seriously. As someone who works in HEALTH, being sick seems … inappropriate. Particularly after crowing about my vitality and wellbeing to my family and friends. Let that be a lesson on the vulgarity of boasting! It also doesn’t help that I have been surrounded by the ill and infected over the past few weeks, with people sneezing in my face on more than one occasion.
Subsequently, I’m quarantined at home for a day or two – for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I don’t wish to inflict my lurgy on others. Secondly, rest is the best remedy. THE BEST. Although I strongly recommend herbal and nutritional immune support while sick, without adequate rest it will take much longer to recover. Honestly, convalescence is key.
Apart from lurking around the house in soft pants, I’ve also been doing the following:
- Sitting outside in this glorious ‘winter’ sunshine we’ve been having in Sydney – letting the warmth sink right into my bones and topping up my Vitamin D levels in the process
- Dosing up on a truly foul-tasting, but very effective, herbal tonic that will help to boost my immune system and blast away any persistent infection
- Having regular spoonfuls of the winter ‘go to’: garlic oxymel
- Taking a high dose of Zinc (in combo with Vitamin C) to, again, give my immune system an extra boost
- Eating simply, keeping my fluids up, and making bright and pungent teas using such wonderful ingredients as those pictured below
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to blow my nose… in the sunshine.
* After I posted this, Amanda – who I work with at Uclinic – made the valid point that it’s not embarrassing to be sick. In fact, it’s human and normal. True. Thanks for the reminder Amanda!