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.