Well, having written a post on the flu jab not so long ago, I thought I’d let you know that the typical thing has happened. Last week, I’d pencilled in a day to go into town this week to get one. By Friday I started feeling unwell… Got worse, more exhausted than usual… then I got snotty, then realised I was having trouble breathing… When I went to the doctor, I thought my chest would explode and I’ve been barely able to talk because I can’t take a breath will such wheezing and crackling.
Yep, I’ve got the flu and then a chest infection, again! Second time in 3 months and I’ve spent 4 nights sitting upright as I can’t lie down so I’ve barely slept, I feel utterly useless, and my body is on fire, partly because of how I’ve had to be sitting I’d imagine.
It’s 7 days of antibiotics, a bucket load of tissues, an inhaler, water, green tea and herbal sweeties for me. I know how to live dangerously!
I just wanted to say that if you’re considering doing something, then go for it. Don’t wait, you don’t know what will happen and you may just kick yourself for not doing it.
In my case, it wouldn’t have helped because the flu jab can apparently take about 2 weeks to work in actually providing protection (and even there there are no guarantees). You should consider the pros and cons of getting the flu jab and whether you need one.
What this has taught me, however, is to be more grateful because I’ve realised how desperate I am to get back to my ‘baseline’. I can’t remember the last time I felt good, so my general baseline is ‘pretty crap’, and it varies from there. I would do anything to go back to being ‘pretty crap’ right now as my body is struggling so much. My head is killing, my brain is mush and I seem to have been incapable of doing anything the past few days.
Of course we all know that things can be worse, and knowing that doesn’t always help. Of course we all know to not delay doing things without good reason incase we regret it, but it doesn’t mean we always do. Of course we know we need to look after ourselves when we’re not well, but it’s not always that simple.
Be well, everyone – Look after yourselves, think again about the flu jab if you were on the fence before (may not be ideal, but may be better than nothing), and take a moment to appreciate your baseline, as crappy as it may be, because too often we take it for granted when we forget those times when we’ve felt so much worse.