I never know I am sick until about the third day into it.
It doesn't happen often and so I forget that feeling puny is even an option.
"Man, I must have had a great workout yesterday because ALL my muscles are feeling achy!" I will tell myself, sort of bragging about it.
Never crosses my cottony brain that a cold or the flu is slipping in the door.
I am plum into denial until I have a fever or am throwing up.
I bet you are the same way.
Even then I only resort to non-medicinal intervention.
Recently home from a jam-packed but lovely trip to Mexico I felt somewhat zapped.
Then there was the presidential election and visiting my mom and getting unpacked and caught up with laundry and groceries and so on and on...
So then after all that I just crashed.
Three days in bed I was pitiful. No. Really. Pitiful.
Feverishly I drifted into memories of conversations I had had with others about politics over the past few months.
People I had known and respected my entire life seemed to disappoint me with their choice of candidate. Clearly I had disappointed them as well, with my choice.
How could we pick up and move on after the elections?
Did I even want to?
Abortion. Gay marriage. Women's rights. Environmental protection. Social security. Medicare. Taxation.
If we felt so differently about these important topics could friendships be maintained?
Can we have each others' back if we cannot even be honest with each other on Facebook or Twitter?
Some time during the 4th night, tossing and turning between NyQuil induced dreams, I just gave up on the entire issue.
I wish I could say that all the ginger and the honey and the fresh citrus had turned me into one wise old crone. But, so far, it has not.
Maybe the kale soup with Greek yogurt will help. Who can say?
Being sequestered away with my head *cold these past few days has given me a comforting sense of personal renewal. While the days were cold and dreary outside, I curled up warm and cosy with my thoughts as they clarified.
First, I realized that always I have been outspoken. Always I have told my theories and thoughts on this and that. I am nothing if not opinionated. :-)
Then, I was once again reminded of the difference between Friend and Acquaintance.
And, finally, to those who refused to even TALK politics, I think now I get it.