Friday, September 21, 2012

Under The Weather

I have been out of the office for the last two days. I did something I rarely do and that is call in sick. Last weekend I had a sore throat that turned into an upper respiratory infection. This caused me to do something else I rarely do which is break down and go to the doctor. I woke up Tuesday morning feeling totally down and out. My wife got up and went to work. I stayed in bed and slept till 11:00 AM. That is another very rare occurrence. When I got up I ate a bowl of cereal and then took a nap until about 3:30 PM. Yesterday I was no better so I went to the doctor. Once I got some proper medication I began to feel better. The worst part of all of this was the coughing. No one likes to be sick. I would rather come to work than be home sick. However, I think sickness has a purpose. Sometimes a minor illness is what we need to be forced to take a break. Admittedly, I don’t usually need to be forced to take a break. Sickness reminds us that life can go on without us and the world will continue to spin. It’s a delicate balance to feel needed and to also realize that we are not needed. Although it is difficult to imagine a life without me in it, I know from many experiences that many things continue to exist and move forward without my participation. Sickness also reminds us to be grateful for good health. I have learned to live with some chronic health conditions but I am rarely sick. As I near the end of this bout of illness I have a new appreciation for feeling good.

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