Have you missed me?
It’s been a couple of weeks now since I last posted on the blog and a few people have noticed that I’ve been quiet on social media, that I just kind of disappeared. Don’t worry, I’m absolutely fine but I was unwell for a couple of weeks so took a total step back in order to give myself a chance to recover and reset.
The last time I posted, I mentioned that my Sunday run had been a bit of a challenge, that I had been having a bit of an “off” day. As it turned out, that was the first sign that my body was fighting an infection and all its energy was going to that. As the day wore on, I felt worse and worse, leading me to take time off work ill and pay a visit to the doctor where I was given some antibiotics.
The infection was stubborn, putting up quite a fight against the antibiotics and it took some time before I began to feel any better. It was only when I did, that I began to realise how unwell I had been feeling. It was like a fog lifted from my brain and I began to have a bit more energy rather than sleeping for about 12 hours a day (pretty impressive for someone who wasn’t exactly moving far whilst awake – my transition to becoming a cat is coming along nicely haha!). Steve noticed that I was generally less sluggish and more focused – I had clearly been under the weather both physically and mentally and at last I was coming out the other side to feel more like my usual self.
While I was ill, I didn’t really have the desire or focus to do much beyond sleep, watch tv and catch up on some reading. I FINALLY watched Stranger Things then Steve and I got totally hooked on This Is Us. I began each day with a nice hot bath and read a bit of whatever book I had on the go at the time – I went through 2 or 3 fairly fast-paced thrillers which didn’t require me to think much. I got hopelessly lost down a YouTube rabbit hole of Disney Parks videos thanks to a link my sister sent me. And I napped like a champion!
On the flip side, I missed work, yoga classes, a trip to the theatre, a nail appointment and, of course, running while I was glued to my comfortable chair cosied in with a hot water bottle and feeling rotten. I didn’t post anything on social media, I didn’t summon the brain power for any blog posts, heck I only left the house to go to the doctor and to get some food shopping with Steve! I felt like the world was still turning but I had stepped off for a moment…and actually that was just what I needed.
Now, with the illness behind me, I feel so much better. It’s the school holidays but I’ve been in to tidy up my classroom, catch up on what my classes were doing in my absence (you can never be sure how much of the work you send in will be done when you’re not there!) and go through my emails. I’ve sorted out a few bits and pieces around the house, I’ve started some daily yoga at home and, more importantly, started to run again. I feel like myself again and have learned a valuable lesson about looking after myself more. It was a busy term and I know I prioritised my pupils’ needs over my own at some crucial points, leaving me run down and open to illness. Not a mistake I plan to repeat!
So hopefully normal service can resume, with my regular posts and regular training routine. More importantly, I can now enjoy my spring break, something I wasn’t so sure was going to happen not so long ago. I might even leave the house a bit more…!
Have you seen “Stranger Things” and/or “This Is Us”?
What TV show should I watch next?