So I finally have some time to slow down, and now I’m feeling under the weather. So typical—when I stress myself out for an extended period of time and don’t give myself proper breaks, I get sick after things slow down. I’m sure I’m not the only one this happens to.
Fortunately, and due in no small part to my vegan lifestyle, my overall health is great. However, after getting bronchitis yearly in my early 20s, my lungs are somewhat weak, and I did get bronchitis/pneumonia in the winter over the past few years. This is the first winter that I didn’t suffer from a “lung thing,” but I can feel something lingering there now. I hope I can make it through the rest of spring by taking it very easy. I’d like to incorporate writing and yoga back into my regular schedule, and maybe visit the nice acupuncturist I saw last year, who was helping me to work on keeping my lungs strong (now where are those exercises he gave me?). And on the allopathic side, I have a leftover inhaler for backup. I can tell when I get that funny little cough that my lungs are not able to expel what they need to. I really dislike being dependent on inhalers, and use them as infrequently as possible, but they got me through a couple of rough times during the pneumonia bouts and “illness induced asthma” when it was very difficult to breathe, so it seems they will occasionally be necessary.