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Talking It Over: Rest is out of the question, even when battling illness

There seems to be a lot of crap going around. Not just verbally but medically. Nearly everyone you talk to has been affected in some way by either the stomach or respiratory flu. I guess I am one of them.

As I began to feel the symptoms of a cough and cold coming on earlier in the week, I chalked it up to my allergies and asthma since I have been doing a lot of dirty work packing boxes and moving furniture. I continued to work on moving our office to Morris and assumed the runny nose and cough would end soon. On Wednesday, I had my yearly checkup with my allergist and he informed me that there was a little more going on to trigger my asthma attacks. Therefore, he put me on medication for bronchitis and instructed me to get some rest and let the influenza part run its course.

Well, I stayed home one more day and tried to obey the doctors orders. However, as a sat in my recliner I kept thinking of things I could be doing. I could just put in a load of laundry, pack the dishes in the dishwasher and sweep the kitchen floor. Since I was home for the day, I called the telephone company to have them come out and set up my Internet and phone needs for my home office. Once that was done, I decided I could just as well unpack some of those boxes and get my computers and desk set up. The list of little things I could be doing went on and on, and before I knew it, my husband was home from work and it was time to make supper.

As I looked back on the day, I really didn't spend a lot of time resting but I sure got a lot done that I won't have to worry about this weekend. This morning, I decided I might as well go back to work where at least I will sit in my chair for a part of the day and rest my body if not my mind.

Fortunately, my doctor was very understanding that I just didn't have the time or energy to fight this on my own, so he gave me some fast-acting medication that is already helping. He also gave me a flu shot to ward off any future attacks of the respiratory type. However, I am writing this early in the morning, fresh from a fairly good night's sleep.

There have been very few times in my life when I have been able to just rest and recuperate at home when I get sick. However, I have spent a lot of time helping my husband, children and other family members get through their illnesses. As I pampered and catered to their needs, I often thought that they really had it made. They didn't have to worry about laundry, cleaning, cooking, caring for other children or any of those other day to day tasks. They could just simply be sick and the rest would get done. I will have to try that someday and see if my work gets done while I try to rest through an illness.