My week in a Word is a weekly opportunity for me to reflect on what has happened in the past seven days. For those of you who like the idea of writing a journal, I find it an easier way to do this and of course it’s very mindful. I publish this post every Monday.
It’s been a tough week, and that’s putting it mildly! Flu has been the overriding feature in the house and any minute now a man is going to come and paint a big red X on the door. I know you won’t believe me but this is the first time I’ve ever had flu. I get the flu jab every year and so normally I’m covered. The apparently there’s this fancy strain that isn’t covered in the jab and Sod’s law, of course I have to catch it! But as a good wife I thought it was important not to be selfish, so I kindly shared it with Mike.
Time to Reflect
Three days in bed with the flu gives you a lot of time to catch up on Netflix, scroll Instagram and Facebook stalk everyone you have literally ever met. That only takes about two of the three days. The rest of the time is thinking about all the things I should be doing, like tidying the house and laundry, and ordering take away food because it’s too much to cook food when you’re that sick.
It also gives you a lot of time to practice self care. I suspect most people reading this are thinking of the mani-pedi-facemask type of self care we all read about nowadays. I don’t mean this, I mean the original self care. The type which involves resting and drinking plenty of water. Applying vaseline to the sore skin on my nose and eating LOTS of fruit! (By the way, it’s scary how much fluid you lose when you’re sick, I drank 3 litres each day for 3 days and still didn’t pee much!)
In a weird and sadistic way it was nice to be poorly together though. I know, I know, it’s not the most romantic thing I could say, but it was! Taking it in turns to nurse each other and having a mutual feeling of empathy as we go through the symptoms together created a very thin but significant silver lining around that enormous thundercloud. Flu – your next hot date!
I should point out here I am not always the best patient. When I am really sick, I just sleep. But when I start to get a teeny bit better that’s when I start to misbehave! I start trying to do housework and then getting faint and having to sit down. This time I haven’t been able to do all of that. This may come as a bit of a shock to some of you, but Flu is flipping nasty! Every time I tried to get up I would find myself crawling back to bed within about ten minutes!
So now, hopefully, we are on the mend. I have a feeling it is going to be a slow process, but it has given me some enforced self-care time if nothing else. Honestly, I never thought Flu would make me more mindful, but it has!