Saturday, February 19, 2011

Misery

I am on day 3 of the miserable, life-sucking flu that I caught from someone who thought it was a good idea to invite friends over for dinner when she'd had fever, chills, headache, and vomiting earlier that day. I found this out as I was leaving, went home and practically bleached myself and my daughter and pumped us up on vitamin C and echinacea. Hopefully it worked for my little one, as she seems ok, but not so much for me.

I am pretty incapacitated. The first day I still walked the pup (in a daze) but yesterday I had to have my son take her out for an hour. I cannot do it. I am getting almost no sleep, as well, because my face feels like it is encased in concrete and I can't breathe through my nose either. My food intake is NOT good... mostly liquidy stuff like lots of orange juice, salty soups, Medifast shakes (for the protein), and soft mushy stuff like mashed potatoes, cream of rice, and overcooked noodles because my throat hurts. I am drinking a TON of water and juice and feel like I am retaining a lot of it. Misery.

So that's where I am. I hate being sick and I want to note that from last March when I started Medifast and got off crappy, sugary stuff completely, I did not get sick once... for months and months. Not once! And then when I started going off and eating junk here and there this winter, I have been sick several times with sinus issues and colds and everything else. I do believe that eating sugar and junk food compromises the immune system, while getting enough protein and vitamins and fresh veggies every day build it up. As soon as I am better I am going back on plan. I hate being sick.

11 comments:

Andra said...

You said a mouthful. It amazes me that people deny that the food we put in our bodies affects our health. Sunshine, vitamin D, exercise and a plant based diet is better than a flu shot!

Feel better soon.

Karyn said...

So sorry you are feeling so rotten, Lyn! Take care of yourself and get lots of rest.

ayladakora said...

Im trying to get the sugar out of my body because I have read that yes.. sugar does effect our immune system. Processed sugar of course. The sugar in fruits is otay. :)

Anonymous said...

Besides converting almost immediately to fat (read Good Calories Bad Calories, esp. the conclusion section), white carbs and junk food create severe inflammation throughout the body. So when a bug invades, the body's immune system is, in essence, "fighting two wars" and does neither well.
-KathyA

Anonymous said...

Chloraseptic for the throat, tylenol or advil for the fever, old style Otrivin for the head. Hot baths, soup and tea...regardless of whether you did as I did or what you take, it will take 5 days to get through the worst of it so take what ever makes you comfortable. for what it's worth I had a guest bring her chicken pox infected kids to my house without asking or warning me...she was not invited back.

Hope you feel better soon.

Dawn said...

I hope you're better very soon....sorry to hear you have been so unwell.
Take care
Dawn

❦ me said...

Sorry you're feeling like crap, Lyn.
I hope it doesn't last long and that you're feeling up to snuff soon.

Lauren said...

I hope you feel better soon! My husband and I are sick too! I'm not eating very well right now, either.

Hanlie said...

I am sorry to hear that you are still so sick and suffering. I hope that you get better soon!

Sugar does indeed suppress the immune system, which is why it's ludicrous to give sick people sugary treats to "make them feel better".

Cinner said...

Hope you are feeling better real soon. your plan sounds like a great one. take care.

Shabby Chic Mom- Susie said...

Feel bette soon. You know, I always notice when I donate blood regularly I never get sick. But I totally agree about sugars making you sick.