Lessons From The Flu

6 Feb

Eleven days ago I woke up with the flu. Apparently every 23 years I’m due. I am not looking forward to repeating this in the future, and plan to never go down this path again. I’ve become obsessed with hand washing and insisting on a three foot radius from people. And let’s not forget what being plant-strong can do.

First, it wasn’t really the flu. It was the freaking plague, and there is no fast way to bounce back. Google “flu symptoms”, and that was me. Textbook. Not pretty.
20140205-235811.jpgSecond, it seems to be possible to live on nothing but a tablespoon or two of potatoes or refried beans every four hours, for six days. I don’t recommend it.

I realized day three I was on a slippery slope. I couldn’t eat, and I was terrified of dehydration and a potassium crash. Enter Gatorade. Why the University of Florida is proud of that invention I will never know. It is disgusting. That and copious amounts of water saved my sad, shrinking butt. As soon as I was past the death zone, I dumped out that nasty stuff. Someone described it as tasting like sweetened sweat socks. Pretty much.

Third, being plant-strong made for interesting food choices. Kind friends would leave care package at my back door. Most of it was never consumed, as it was too sweet, or too oily, or too salty. The homemade beans were really good, and my friend said she barely used oil. That was so, so sweet of her. And the potatoes were dairy free. I’m a little over both for the time being.

I spent ten days in bed. I started making myself get up and take a few steps periodically just to get exercise. Some days that was three steps. Some days it was more.

I have not weighed myself, but my pants were really baggy today. I know some of that will come back as I’m able to eat more and continue hydrating. I am enjoying the cheekbones and pointy chin while I have them.

I went back to work today. I’m still a bit weak, and still coughing some. I managed a full day. My boss called three times to see if I needed to go home.

I found a gift on my desk today. My birthday is tomorrow, and the gift was from the staff. A beautiful bottle of Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar. I nearly cried. It is really amazing in my seltzer water :-) I also got a bottle of Peruvian Lime olive oil. I’m going to see if I can exchange it for another vinegar. If not, I will re-gift it.

The upside to all this is that the site of food on TV turns my tummy. I’m actually craving greens tonight. I can’t wait to go grocery shopping this weekend and stock up on good, wholesome food. And Clementines. I blame the fact that I ran out a week or so before I got sick for all of this :-)

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5 Responses to “Lessons From The Flu”

  1. A.M. February 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Happy birthday! Glad you’re feeling better!

  2. Adrea February 13, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    I missed your birthday! Happy Belated Birthday then and I hope it was wonderful and that you felt much better for it!!

    • ayearofgoingvegan February 14, 2014 at 12:49 am #

      Thank you Adrea! I didn’t feel good on my birthday. Saturday I had drinks with a friend, and this week I had dinner with another. I’ve got a few more celebrations coming up. Love the birthday celebration months!

      • Adrea February 14, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

        Ah bummer about not feeling good on the actual day but I’m happy to hear you are getting in lots of celebrations! You deserve it! :)

      • ayearofgoingvegan February 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm #


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