the MIRREN LEE

The 2012 Act Three Journey of an Actress/Coach/Writer.

Day 140 The Virus …

Posted by themirrenlee on 19/05/2012

… has left the building.

Ah, but now the real work starts: Recovery.

For Fibromites (and other chronic pals) the Recovery part can be more frustrating than whatever bug laid us low. As a friend put it, I’m now well enough to feel frustrated at not
being completely well yet.

So while the Virus may be gone, it has left devastation and fatigue in its wake. The added stress to our bodies doesn’t help, either.

My voice now just sounds like I have a heavy cold, but I’m utterly exhausted and sore, and know that it will be at least a week before I’ve shaken it all off.

By the way, peoples, post viral fatigue is nothing to scoff at, not even for you “normals”. It can lead to other conditions, and in fact one post viral condition that’s pretty devastating is cardiomyopathy: a disease of the heart muscle of unknown origin.

We have a famous heart transplant patient in Australia named Fiona Coote, who had heart problems after getting viral-induced tonsillitis when she was only 14 in 1984. Two years later she had to have a second transplant when the first one started to fail. Amazingly, she is fit and well today.

I only mention this because all too often people don’t take their recovery period (for anything) as seriously as they should, and then wonder why they have a relapse, or complications.

You’re a fallible human being, which means you should “Handle With Care”.

I’m just recoverin’ …

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