This past weekend, I unfortunately got sick while camping. It was a unique experience for me, for two reasons. One, I usually go camping in the summer, when it’s warm out. This was the last weekend in September however, so we had temperatures in the mid 50’s as well as rain or drizzle for a good chunk of our trip. But, I live in the Pacific Northwest, and we don’t let a little rain get us down. The second reason is the impetus for this blog post.
On Friday night, I realized I wasn’t feeling my best. I chalked it up to a busy schedule over the last two months, and reminded myself that this coming month was going to be much more restful and that I would be able to recharge my battery soon.
Saturday morning rolled around and brought me some actual symptoms. Nothing major, just some sniffles, a headache and a sore throat. However, this later progressed to pressure in my frontal sinuses and my head felt broken. I also hadn’t slept well because I couldn’t breathe. When I realized I was sick, I had a small amount of anxiety knowing that I did not have all of the things that I usually have access to when I feel that I am fighting off some sort of infection. I didn’t have my tea, or my supplements, or my essential oils, or a way to get nice and toasty warm, should I feel the need to. But, I reminded myself that those things are all “soft” interventions, and that it probably would not be that big of a deal for me to not have access to them while fighting off what was probably a mild infection. I figured I would be sick for a day or so, and would get better without incident. I mean, I’m super healthy, right? How big of a deal could this be?
By Sunday, it was time to pack up and head home. I was fully sick at this point, with a sinus infection complete with cloudy yellow mucus indicating a bacterial infection, and a fever that was burning on and off throughout the day. I knew that as soon as I got home, I would get to use all of the “keep me healthy” things that I have full access to at my house. I hadn’t realized how important all those things were until I didn’t have access to them. I also realized that this stuff really works! I know how that sounds, but seriously, I have not had a head cold in quite a while. In fact, I literally don’t remember the last time that I had one. Returning from the camping trip, I got down to business. I took a hot shower to help drain my sinuses and restore my body’s temperature. I drank Echinacea tea, wellness tea blends, dosed myself with raw honey, and put my immune support essential oils into my diffuser on full blast. I took supplements to help my body get better as fast as possible, and I lay down on the couch to sleep and watch mindless television so that my body could heal.
Unfortunately, all of this was too little too late to prevent the sinus infection that marched merrily through my head, but I think that I would’ve been sick for much longer, had I not begun these interventions. I’m already on the mend. So much so, that I got inspired to write a blog post!
It’s interesting to me to note the change in my perspective about illness that has occurred over the last decade. I hadn’t realized that the change in me was so profound, until this incident. I literally have not experienced my body creating mucus in response to a pathogen in so long I had forgotten what the experience felt like. I hadn’t realized how incredibly effective all my preventative care measures truly are. Don’t get me wrong, I believed that they were working for me, or I wouldn’t have bothered with them. But I guess underneath that belief, my Western Medicine skepticism was still telling me that perhaps I haven’t been exposed to viruses or bacteria that were all that severe. Surely, if I had been exposed to something truly bad, I would have actually gotten sick. But this weekend has proved me wrong. It has proved the effectiveness of alternative care remedies in a way that I would not have been able to appreciate otherwise.
Now that I am home, I have had a chance to access my alternative care remedies and rest appropriately, which made me notice how quickly I have rebounded. I am humbled with the reminder of how valuable and effective alternative care can be. This stuff isn’t complicated. It’s tea, nutrients, rest and honoring your body’s needs. I appreciate being reminded of that.