OK, that was nuts

I don't think I have ever been sick for 2 months before. I had mono in high school and still went to my prom. As I've mentioned, I am one of those people that figures if I can stand and walk, then I can go do stuff, including work, including prom. And perhaps that is why this virus has lingered for so long. So last week, I decided to take Thursday and Friday off to take care of myself. I scheduled a massage on Thursday. The theme of the day, in my mind, was getting the bad stuff out. SO I spent some time in the sauna, sweating. Then I told my masseuse that I had been sick for two months, had swollen lymph glands in my neck and wanted to release the toxins from my body. Careful what you ask for. Or at least be prepared for what you asked for. She did what I asked her to do. And I was down for the count. It was violent.

The rest of Thursday was fine, even part of Friday. Then I basically had 4 days of what felt like a really bad hangover; not the headache kind, the barfy kind. And a greasy burger was not going to help.  Like the thought of food made me dry heave and standing up made me dry heave. I even had a hard time drinking water because the sensation of anything in my stomach made me barfy too.

But I gotta tell you that after all of that, whatever I had for those 2 months seems to be gone. And I probably should have been doing detox massages all along so I didn't have such a violent reaction this time. And I should have drank more water, before and after the massage. And I definitely should not have sat in the sauna for 30 minutes before-hand. But what I am feeling now is relief. I was starting to get scared there for a bit. The doctor said to let it run it's course but 2 months seemed like such a long time to be miserable.The only thing I had any kind of success with was an immunity booster I bought at whole foods; some improvement, but I wanted to wipe this thing out.

What I learned is that despite my clean-living lifestyle, you have to detox occasionally. You have to prepare so that when you get the gunk out of your system, it doesn't lay you out for the better part of a week. And that I should always, ALWAYS, keep gatorade in the house, just in case. 

Comments (8)

  1. Lauren Smith says:

    Here in Japan, we don’t have Gatorade, and when I’m back in the US, I wish there was the Japanese Pocari Sweat (don’t get barfy!), Dakara, and Aquarius. They have all the electrolytes, but only a fraction of the sugar. For pre-hangover pre-treatment, a 500ml bottle of any of those will help immensely.

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better.

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    Hey Lauren, here in the US, I use a sports drink that has no sugar and it’s going to sound crazy, but it’s Target’s house brand whose name escapes me at the moment (Market Pantry maybe?). It comes in little packets that you put in water. It’s what I use when I work out and it’s not heavy and sticky like most drinks. When I do need to drink good old Gatorade, I have to mix it with water. The sugar is too much for me.

    I’m going to look into those Japanese products. We have a good Asian grocery here (not Uwajimaya) and they might have those products so I will let you know if I get to try.

  3. Parul says:

    Thats one way to get rid of the germs – just get them beaten out of your system! Glad you’re feeling better..

    You know where i can order some sunshine?

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Parul – yeah, they kind of got kneaded and schmooshed out. I wonder how long this after-feeling of awesomeness is going to last. I got some tips from a friend on how to do more of a regular detox.

    I do have to say that I have a new appreciation for the work done by the kidneys. And I will just leave it at that.

    And I saw a little sunshine today. Just a bit. Because we wouldn’t want to scorch our corneas, would we?

  5. Seeking employment in Chicago says:

    Heather….glad to hear you are feeling better!  I hope it wasn’t one of those Honeycrisp apples that did you in!  LOL!!  Just kidding of course; I did in fact look for those today and found them in a Jewel (grocery chain in Chicagoland) and being cautious, bought two.  I tried one earlier today and it was darned tasty!  It did have a "WA" sticker on it; just to give you full props.



  6. Kerry says:

    Heather you turned me on to this web site and now I can’t get enough… I’m surprised you didn’t comment on this video! This is enough to make a dog person into a cat person! http://www.todaysbigthing.com/2008/11/12

  7. HeatherLeigh says:

    Todd – Hmmm, not Minnesota huh? Intersting. Glad you liked it.

    Kerry – I must have missed that video. But I have just now watched it in it’s entirety and I think that dog is awesome in all its toothless glory. And it’s done nothing to move me over to the cat camp….sorry 🙂

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