Having recovered (mostly) from the surgery, headed back to the gym (starting out gently), and got into a head space where I can start focusing on getting some contract work, I came down with a cold – my first for a year or two. I headed down to the pharmacy to get some medication that would help me deal with the symptoms, and maybe help me sleep too. The assistant went through the usual questions – was I on any medication, etc – and then gave the usual advice – take in plenty of fluids, get lots of rest.
“That is, get lots of rest if you can,” the kindly shop assistant emphasised. (Perhaps I looked tired?)
“Yes, I can, actually. And I will,” I said.
She looked surprised. I guess it is unusual – a woman able to take time for herself and rest and recover appropriately from an illness, especially in the middle of the school holidays.
And I reflected that this is one of the advantages of not having children. First, I don’t get sick very often, as I don’t have children bringing home all the illnesses from school. (The reason I got sick I assume was that my 6-year-old niece was sick when she visited). Second, when or if I do get sick, or need surgery, I am able to follow doctor’s orders, and get rest and take things easy. This certainly helped my recovery from surgery – and I think it helped my recovery from the cold. Afternoon naps were possible, and so was sleeping late in the morning. My cold is largely gone now, ten days later, and I'm heading back to the gym in an hour or two.
When it is cold and I'm feeling physically and emotionally miserable, I have to say that sometimes, not having children is a big advantage!