Rose: Rest, Rest, Rest

This weekend was going to be one for the books. I had big plans. Jenna and I were going to have a ladies night in Philly on Saturday. We’d been looking forward to it for weeks. Then, on Saturday, I woke up with a sore throat.

I texted Jenna, who responded by saying that she, too, felt under the weather. We decided it was in our best interest to cancel ladies’ night. All that preparation – the shoes, the shirts, the clothes – out the window. But at least I’ll be prepared for next time.

Thank goodness we did cancel, however, as I have only gotten sicker. I went to dinner Saturday night with a few friends and, by the end of it, I couldn’t wait to get home. I couldn’t even talk by the end of the night. On Sunday, I couldn’t get out of bed. I slept most of the day. My fever was above 100 at one point. I literally couldn’t move – my body was that sore. And I was getting headaches from sleeping so much. But that rest was so important.

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I took a sick day today, and I’ve been trying my best to rest. It’s hard for me. I’m used to being on the go 80% of the time, and so sitting around, drinking tea and sleeping is kind of a chore. But I know it’s in my best interest as yesterday’s sleep really knocked the sickness out of me. And the rest is continuing to help today.

For all of you that feel a cold coming around, I want to give you some advice: REST. Before it strikes, REST. Even if you think you can handle a workout or a trip to the grocery store, DON’T DO IT. This has happened to me one too many times now. When I first felt that sore throat on Saturday, I should’ve stayed in bed a bit longer. I shouldn’t have attempted a 60-minute workout. I probably shouldn’t have gone out to dinner, either.

Sometimes the best lessons come from the most awful experiences. At least I’m on the mend now. Stay warm this winter, my friends.

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