About a month ago I saw some posts on Facebook from friends that their families had been knocked out by a virus. It certainly happens, especially when you have a handful of kids. What caught my attention though, was that the illness came in waves. I knocked on wood and hoped my family would be spared.
Two weeks ago, the youngest and my husband started to show signs of illness. Nothing major, just mild fevers and a cough. Nearly a week went by and no one else had symptoms. I was feeling quite hopeful the virus was contained to them. Of course, they got worse just as my daughters and I started to feel under the weather. Knowing it was likely the virus I had heard about earlier, I didn't push through my symptoms like I typically would. I took the opportunity to take it easy and get caught up on my reading and cuddle with the sickies since we all had the same thing. After a couple of days of not feeling so hot I started to feel better, figured my time had passed.
Then it hit.
I had a fever of 103.6 at bedtime that night. I don't remember the last time I had a fever so high. My ears were ringing so loudly, I had a hard time going to sleep that night. The next day and for the remainder of the week, I felt like I did when I had mono. No joke. Even now, a week later after the fever, I still feel pretty fatigued.
I am happy to say that despite my disease, I worked out every day and I didn't let the virus keep me from my efforts. Of course I lightened up the routine, I didn't want to kill myself! I also learned that one of the best way to get rid of the chills is to exercise for five minutes. Of course I felt like I got hit my a truck, but I was warm and toasty. It's been a slow road back to the workout I was doing before I got sick, but with a little effort, I'll be back there in no time.
The most important thing about taking care of yourself is listening to your body. I know the last few days I wouldn't have been able to do a full workout, so I haven't. But that's the beauty of this goal, by working out everyday, it gets easy to read your body. There are days I feel I can do more then my usual routine, and I will endulge. But other days, I feel like I need to pull back, and I listen.
Take care of yourself, the virus that's going around...it's a doozy. ;)