Both Theresa and I have had the flu this week and it sucked, but I have found some silver linings I would like to share:
- The philosophical silver lining: Is it better to be the patient or the nurse? As the patient, you're being taken care of. As the nurse, you do not feel like hell and are not power purging at both ends. I think I am a much better patient than nurse (Theresa agrees). I am a very grumpy nurse. I would say I have a lot to live up to, though, because she is a good nurse. How many people would rather be the patient and how many people would rather be the nurse?
- The useful silver lining: Since I was power purging and in danger of dehydration, Theresa used one of our emergency resources to keep me healthy. The book, Where There Is No Doctor, has a homemade rehydration drink recipe (so we don't have to buy a sports drink during our Buy Nothing challenge) of 1 quart water, 8 tsp. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. salt. She was adamant that I drink it and said it was too sweet when she had to drink it (although maybe I put the 8 tsp. of sugar into a pint instead of a quart). (Theresa comments: I'm the better nurse because I got the patient to drink his medicine. From Bear: I was a better patient- I was too damn sick to refuse. From Theresa: But you got better after a couple days, I was sick for a week.)
- The weight loss silver lining: Last week I wanted to do an apple cleansing. There are times when I have tried a three day apple cleansing diet (three days of apples only, on the third night drink a quarter cup of olive oil and expect cleaning in the morning). While I was sick, I cleaned out four times in six hours. No apples or olive oil necessary. I didn't spend three days feeling hungry. Roughly 15 pounds was cut and yes, I did regain 10, but the same thing happens on the apple cleanse. Divine health intervention at it's most ironic.
- Treasure hunt silver lining: While Theresa was sick and actually had time at home to browse Netflix, she found the current British version of Sherlock Homes. That show rocks!
Not sick anymore, but getting tired. End of blog. :)