So great to connect here again, how are you? Did you have a go at making my super easy botanical infused raw chocolates? I have more recipes for you on the way, so watch this space.
Toward the end of last year, I had a strong feeling of deep fatigue building up. Of course, like a lot of us, I pushed on through with the never ending task list and needs to be met. I thought that I had conquered my illnesses, that being in the position I am in, with Imbibe, that I couldn’t get sick – I didn’t want to let my family, my team and those who rely on the work I do, down.
And then I got sick. A few days before Christmas. Like couldn’t-get-out-of-bed-sick. For three weeks.
I had Christmas lunch in bed. Covered in head to toe in a nasty rash. Boxing Day in bed. New Years Eve in bed (alone). It was a strange experience to be in – all this collective hype and energy and expectation about this time of year completely disappeared and narrowed down to fatigue.
If you know me, you will know that I have a history of some nasty viruses – but I believed I was over these. The fear started to creep in – what if it was glandular fever/chronic fatigue coming back again? What if I’ll always feel like this? What if I don’t recover? What will happen to Imbibe? How will I keep up with the demands of life with preschoolers?
Blood test results showed that I had Cytomegalovirus – which is a virus in the same family as glandular fever. This is one of my deepest fears, that the glandular fever, which had plagued my early twenties would rear its ugly head.
The interesting thing about this virus, is that it can cause fetal deformities, and its advised to not get pregnant if you have the virus, for a period (up to two years!) after having the virus. So please, if you are planning a pregnancy, look into this – it is not something I was even aware of, even though I have had two pregnancies.
At this time, instead of getting angry, I surrendered, softened and believed that there was a bigger reason why this is the case.
My doctor is monitoring my bloods and I go back for more tests in mid-April, so I’ll look forward to seeing what comes back then.
My 10-step formula to getting well again. (Again).
During and after the illness period, this is the exact 10-step formula I followed to support my immune function and get better quicker:
- I took loads of living fermented products (because I had been on antibiotics) – raw kimchi, sauerkraut, handmade yoghurt and of course, Imbibe.
- Immune support with adaptogenic herbs of Ashwaganda and Ginseng, turmeric, lemongrass and raw honey
- Lots of garlic – both in tablet form and raw.
- When I was achy and feverish, hot baths with Epsom salts, raw ginger water and lemongrass essential oil
- Bach flower essences: I use the walnut variety.
- Lemon Balm and Licorice herbal tea to help nourish the adrenals.
- I had a few sessions of Chi Nei Tsang, which is a holistic approach to healing. The practice involves abdominal massage to help move the energy around the body, relax stressed out organs and help move unprocessed .emotions (the gut is a storehouse for unprocessed emotional baggage). I will write a whole post on this.
- Dark and bitter leafy greens to help the liver process the virus.
- Re-commitment to daily meditation. I have found this practice the hardest to stick with of all my wellness pillars, but I find to have enormous benefits. I downloaded an app called Headspace and I highly recommend it. I do twenty minutes a day, before bed.
I am back to feeling well again, and firing at around 80%. I am better in tune with my body, have understood the reasons why I got sick – too much indecision, burn out, and am committed to getting well again. And being a bit softer on myself.
I will let you know how the blood test results come back. And mean time, there is still space in my heart for more love.