The Flu Manual

In the morning when I woke up I felt like s**t. But as a good human being it was my duty to go to work in spite of a running nose, dizziness and a heavy feeling in arms and legs or so I thought.

This was me maybe 6 or 7 years ago. Somehow I expected the earth to stop its rotation if I didn’t show up at work.

Ironic, isn’t it? As a doctor I should have known better.

Here is what I do today:

  • I cancel every and I mean EVERY appointment I have for that day. What my body craves is rest. Over the years I learned to respect its needs.
  • I stock up on veggies and fruits. Easy digestible.
  • I stop eating altogether and only drink freshly squeezed juice, herb infusions or ginger tea.
  • I have an enema once a day (it’s not as nasty as it sounds.) Digestion in general requires energy. In case of an acute illness all available energy is needed.
  • I don’t take medication to lower my fever. Fever accelerates our metabolism and kills germs.
  • I take residence on my couch with an extra blanket and a good book.
  • And I sleep, sleep and sleep some more.

Voila, one or two days later everything is history and I am back to normal.

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