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Sick then Well
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I'm sure I've whinged here before about being sick. Well, it's been true. Since December 2010 I've barely gone a month without a cold or something. Six or seven colds I had in a row. The most recent of which developed into a chest infection, which then further degenerated into bronchitis. I was on penicillin to fight that one!

This has been most unusual for me. Usually, I get a cold every couple of years, and I've had the flu maybe twice in my entire life. Eventually, after the advice of several doctors (and indeed my girlfriend), I had to admit that maybe this was my body's way of telling me to slow down.

Slow down! I insisted that I wasn't doing too much! Apart from working full time, studying an MBA, going to my Toastmasters club, twice weekly trips to the gym, riding my bike, hanging out with people, sundry other activities... OK, so, maybe that is a lot. The trouble is this is how I've always lived my life, burning the candle at both ends.

This culminated in a trip to the Gym a few weeks back where I ended up wheezing like an asthmatic. At that point I had to admit that maybe, just maybe I was overdoing it.

Part of the underlying problem is probably my apnoea. Despite my CPAP machine, I never really sleep that well. Which means I'm used to functioning whilst not really fully awake. Which also means I've become quite good over the years at pushing myself to do things even when my body was telling me I shouldn't. So after some ten years of that, my body finally gave up and said "no more!".

So for the last three weeks or so I've been taking it easy. Not going to the gym, not riding my bike, not doing anything aside from working and sleeping. It's been driving me bonkers. I have a short attention span and a constant need for stimulation, which explains why I was always rushing around and always saying yes to things.

So I'm officially well again, finally. About time, since it's my birthday next week. From here on, I'm going to have to listen to my body more than my mind when it comes to pushing myself to be doing stuff.