It’s almost like last week never really happened. Last Sunday I returned from the Health E Voices conference with a sore throat, which I blamed on my hour spent in the not so clean (and kinda scary) Newark train station. (I’ll most definitely be sharing more about the conference soon, but I was invited by and my travel and accommodations were paid for by the host, Janssen.) I often end up with colds when I travel, so I didn’t think much of it. On Monday I was pretty congested so I spent most of the day resting. Usually that helps me recover fairly quickly.
This time that wasn’t the case. By Tuesday I was much worse and had spiked a fever. As I said, I often pick up colds when I travel, and I’ve been very susceptible to colds for as long as I can remember, but I almost never have a fever. I can’t even recall how long ago my last fever was. So I spent the day in bed. On Wednesday morning the fever was gone and I felt better so I headed off to a meeting. Bad idea. But the afternoon my fever was back and higher than before, and I felt even worse. I ended staying in bed right through until yesterday, when I finally felt well enough to venture out for a few hours.
The problem is, I missed a lot of stuff while I was sick. I’m most disappointed about having to cancel my trip to the DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute over the weekend. I also needed to cancel a few other appointments during the week and I’m now completely behind on Diabetes Blog Week preparations and other general life stuff. And my house is a wreck (which I hate!!).
So yes, I was Real People Sick <--- click then scroll down and I was really sad and disappointed to miss out on a whole bunch of stuff. But I thought about how I would have felt if I had been Diabetes Sick and had to cancel my entire week. And you know what? It would’ve been much worse. I would have been so angry. I would have felt like a failure. Why is that? Why do I continue to let diabetes get the best of my emotions. Sick is sick - it shouldn’t matter if my body can’t handle a germy invasion or a diabetes invasion. But somehow it does, right? Do you get more upset at being diabetes sick rather than real people sick too?