“Health is not valued till sickness comes.” Thomas Fuller
In my case, pride surely comes before a fall. While teaching, I’ve always prided myself in the fact that I have never called in sick, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been sick. In fact, on several occasions, the students have asked, “Shouldn’t you be at home, Mrs. Claudia?”
I will openly confess that I’ve been quite sick for about two months now. There it is. It’s out there. Sickness does come to all of us, and it brings many lessons to be learned if we are willing.
Here are 5 mistakes I’ve made that have extended my time of sickness:
1. Don’t stay in bed just because you have a fever. There’s work to be done and things to be accomplished. Keep on moving. Don’t let your body stop you from accomplishing “important” goals.
2. Don’t go to the doctor for meds. Doctors appointments take time and money. Just treat your symptoms, and you’ll eventually get better. This was my bad choice. In the end, I ended up going to the doctor 3 times because the infection moved to several other organs in the body, which would have been avoided if I had gone to the doctor initially.
3. Don’t keep a regular exercise schedule. After all, it’s the holiday season. Who has time to exercise? This healthy habit may have kept me from getting sick, but as my health deteriorated, I could barely make it walking to the top of the street. I am envious every time my husband goes out the door to exercise. I’d love to do it, but because it’s not my regular habit, I’m too sick to join him.
4. Don’t take vitamins. My husband swears by zinc and takes a handful of vitamins daily. It seems funny to me, but it’s interesting that he’s the only one who avoided the flu this year. Maybe there is something to it.
5. Don’t partake of health foods; they are for the birds. Who needs to eat all of those nuts, oats, and seeds? Birds will be hungry this winter if I eat all of their food. Donuts, cheese grits, buttered toast, and coffee probably aren’t the best breakfast foods to help me avoid sickness. Yet, they all sound better than the oats I had this morning.
I hope your holiday season is full of good health. As for me, I’m eating humble pie. I can see that I’m approaching good health again just in time to finish off the holidays. Should I get prideful about my health again, I’m recording my 5 mistakes for posterity.
Do you ever feel smug when you see a sick person, taking pride in your own good health? Please feel free to amuse me with your stories.
“Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.” Mahalia Jackson