Sick

Ugh. I have cold #3 of this winter season. I’m so frustrated. I feel miserable–my head is completely stuffed up, my throat is sore, my ears hurt, and my nose alternates between running profusely and being so plugged up that I can hardly breathe. Furthermore, my energy is at an all-time low. I’m so frustrated that I’ve gotten sick so many times this winter. I was thinking about it today and brainstorming what I could do next year to avoid this. I’m sure that being at a healthier weight would only strengthen my immune system. I’m also wondering whether my vitamin D levels are horribly low. I spend so little time outside, even in the summer. I’m sure my body is starved for sunlight and vitamin D, and I know that’s connected with immunity.

I also haven’t been eating well the last few weeks. I’m upset with myself about that, since I’m sure it’s a contributing factor. At this point, my plan of attack is to eat super clean (maybe even mini juice fasts, just to give my body a break so it can focus on healing). And then sleep. I know I’m way behind on sleep as well.

What’s even more frustrating now is that I think my sickness has messed up my ovulation. I was supposed to ovulate early this week (today is Tuesday), if not today. My body started gearing up for it on the weekend, then I got sick, and now it seems to have stalled. Will it gear up again once I’m feeling a little better? Or will it completely skip this month? Either way, it’s so upsetting that it’s messing up my hormones and ovulation and pregnancy attempts. As if I need another thing working against me. All I can do now is focus on eating healthy and getting lots of sleep.

I had blood work done on the weekend to check my iron, thyroid, folate, B12, etc. My doctor emailed and said my iron is still low, and that I should double up on my iron therapy. Sigh. I haven’t been as diligent about it as I should. I do think this is an area that I should be more careful about though–who knows if it plays into my immunity and energy levels, but it’s likely.

I want to write more, but I should save it for another night. I need to get to bed on time tonight. I want to write more about my new approach to eating and how it’s no longer based on punishing myself and feeling horrible about myself. Instead, it’s about loving myself and treating myself respectfully. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but a lot of things have been connecting for me in the last little while.

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