i’m really not surprised at all that i got sick last week.
there’s been ongoing stressful issues, and my body reached it’s tipping point on wednesday.
it was so weird! literally, i was feeling fine, and at 9:30 a.m., i suddenly got the shakes and shivers, the chills, a queasy stomach, and a pounding headache. i lay down for a bit, hoping i’d feel better asap, because we had plans to return to ikea to purchase the new condo casa couch, then go on to toronto to visit cutie c and adorable e.
against my better judgment, and instinct, at 11 a.m., we decided to set out, as planned. i really was excited to go back to ikea and to see the girlies! well, we got as far as cambridge, and had to turn around. i could not wait to get home and crawl under the covers (and relieve my roiling tummy). in retrospect, i’m glad we did not get as far as ikea; if we had made the couch purchase, the karma would be all wrong, forever and ever! buying a piece of furniture when you’re sick?! the negative vibe would be forever in the home, no?!
getting the stomach flu has been my body’s default mechanism for dealing with stress my entire life:
~the day of my great-grandma’s funeral, when i was in high school: the flu hit in the car, on the way back from the cemetery, when we were caught in a traffic jam on the conestoga parkway (seriously – i could not make that up, and it was very unpleasant for all of us in the car!).
~my first weekend home from teacher’s college – slammed by the flu, practically the minute i walked in the door.
~my bout with mono was an upscaled form of the flu (first year university).
i find it fascinating how our bodies let us know when it’s time to slow down and rest. some people come down with a migraine. back spasms, cold sores, fainting…i know people for whom each of these reactions is the tell-tale sign of a high-stress life period.
it’s also crazy how timing works: i was off work on wednesday and not scheduled for another shift til thursday eve. my body knew that it *could* get sick since my agenda was relatively clear of hard-to-get-out obligations.
for a fascinating read on the interaction between stress and illness, i highly recommend this book:
i first read gabor maté’s non-fiction work about ten years ago.
and, i’ve returned to it a few times since then.
dr maté is preaching to the converted, as i am a firm believer in the mind-body connection anyway, but if you have even the slightest interest in the link between stress and disease, check out this book. it’s a quick read, filled with stories and anecdotes, and is not too highbrow or dry in tone. his examples of illness are more extreme than the flu, but his view regarding stress can be applied to anyone.
what’s your body’s “default mode” when it needs a break? i have another freaky story to share with you some time about what happened the morning of a race that i was supposed to compete in – my body told me in no uncertain terms that it was having none of it!