I've always been proud of being able to say, "I don't get sick"
Yes, I have hayfever which gets quite bad in September;
Yes, I have a little asthma;
Yes, I have numerous aches and pains.
A little arthritis.
But generally, I don't get sick.
For years now at work, people have had time off with such things as colds, flu, sore throats, gastro etc.
It's a high risk occupation, we're daily in contact with many hundreds of people, who may or may not be contagious at any time.
I just didn't catch these things.
I haven't had the flu ever.
But in the last 10 months, I've had gastro (once), a cold twice, and migraine after migraine after migraine.
My good record is gone.
I'm no longer the girl who never gets sick, always available to fill in a shift for someone else who is sick.
I'm guessing this is in part due to the stress and worry I've had which saw me moping around, not eating properly, not sleeping well.
Feeling sorry for myself, like I knew I shouldn't.
Lowered resistance and all that.
Since moving here to this lovely little flat, the pressures have eased, I'm certainly sleeping better;
now I need to make sure I eat better.
More fruit, less icecream, that kind of thing.
Now that the Jasmine has stopped blooming quite so ferociously, the hayfever should ease, and the headaches should lessen.
Hopefully, I should soon have the resistance to germs that I used to have.
I do think though, that next year might be a good time to begin having the annual flu shot that many people have every winter.
Just in case.
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