There are some people who go through life never feeling sick, and never taking a day off work. I am not one of those people. I would say I average a day off every second month, which doesn’t sound like a lot but it does add up. And it does encourage the observation “You’re sick a lot!”
The thing is, I live with someone who has chronic health problems and auto immune problems, this means if anyone is sick even remotely near us he’s going to get sick. And then I’m going to get sick.
We have had our diet blamed, our lack of exercise, but for the record we got just as sick when we were visiting a personal trainer twice a week and eating healthier. At the moment we’re having nothing but vegetable juice for dinner – I don’t think you can get much healthier than that.
Yet, as I write this, I’m off work sick.
The Viking has suffered from sleep apnea for we can only guess how long. Waking up every morning I would hear the refrain “Ugh, I feel like ass”. Not the most glamorous or uplifting way to start the day, but that was our normal.
When he got a sleep machine (it’s like an oxygen mask you wear at night) we were amazed by the difference and he said something that really resounded with me “I hadn’t realised how much better everyone else felt all the time. I thought it was normal to always feel sick.”
This got me thinking about people who have it worse than us, and how many people go around feeling sick all the time, feeling sad all the time, who think there’s no other way, and it’s normal to feel bad.
And for some people it is normal to feel sick all the time. For some people it may never be any other way. But as I write this with my head throbbing, waiting in the doctor’s office, I hope that’s not me. I hope there’s a day they don’t know my voice as soon as I call at the doctor’s office. I hope there’s a time they don’t recognise me as soon as I walk in.
I hope this phase passes and one of the many things we do to try to improve our health works, something kicks in, and I will no longer know how it feels for it to be normal to be sick.
Are you sick often? Or are you never sick? Do you have chronic illness?