Day 8: Sick Day

I’ve been fighting a cold/flu thing and trying not to have to take antibiotics or skip a dose of any medicine. Today waking up, I just felt awful. I could barely move. My head was pounding and the only way to prevent nausea was to lay down. I had to call off work.

Calling off work is something I hate to do. Like canceling on a friend or missing school. I started working in eighth grade and have been working pretty steadily since then. I pride myself on excelling in a job or task, no matter what it is, and quickly proving that I am in fact the reliable, responsible person I claim to be in any job interview. I like having the image I have garnered since elementary school, teacher’s pet.

Waking up unable to go to work has, however, become a pretty regular part of my life and I am lucky to have understanding co-workers and bosses. So I spent the majority of the day resting on the couch, drinking La Croix (my new seltzer water addiction) and sporadically taking my temperature (100.1 was the high of the day. Any higher and I would have called my doctor but I’m powering through). When my husband came home and asked what my fun thing was for today, I was in no mood. But that’s why I’m doing this right?!

Luckily, I had an idea for a simple, relaxing activity that I knew would be fun. I gave myself an at-home pedicure. Well, just the scrub and lotion part. I sat in a folding chair by the tub and soaked my feet in hot water, scrubbed them with a homemade brown sugar scrub my sister made, and then dried and lotioned my feet. Let me tell you, it was so relaxing, took only twenty minutes and I felt so much better after!

I’ve heard that if you haven’t bathed in a while (like sicky me on the couch all day) and you wash your feet, your whole body feels cleaner. It is so true. And also just to sit in silence with my feet in warm water. So relaxing. This may just have to become part of every week.



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