I've spent the last two weeks in Central America (Honduras and Panama). And, predictably, I picked up a pretty virulent bug in Honduras. So virulent, in fact, that I ended up in the hospital in Panama. This wasn't a horrible thing, though: I was badly dehydrated and really did need medical attention. (Getting me to the hospital was like giving a cat a bath. I protested during the whole discussion and even until we parked the car at the hospital. Thank goodness my colleagues are smarter than I am and forced me to go.) And the quality of care in the Punta Pacifica hospital was great - it's a Johns Hopkins affiliate, which I didn't know. In some ways it was better than in the U.S. - I didn't have to spend hours in a waiting room. They got me right into a bed in the ER and saw me right away. And the hospital visit was surprisingly affordable - just under $400 for the whole shooting match, including medications.
So I spent the last three days of my stay in Panama locked in my hotel room with some Pedialyte. I came home yesterday, and got through the grueling 12 hour day just fine. So I thought I could handle solid food again. Boy, was I wrong. I am paying that price today.
Awful as I feel, I'm irked that my SparkPeople goals have gone completely to the way side.
Obviously I can't work out; I can barely do laundry. I haven't bothered to track my food. I'm trying to consume calories by drinking fruit juice mixed with ginger ale, but I figure I'm nowhere near my recommended range. Plus, I don't think the food is in me long enough to truly get absorbed. Am I crazy here? Should I be tracking?
The only thing I'm sure of is that I'm getting my water in. Liquid diets are great for that.
One unintended upside is that I'm quite sure I'm losing weight. Yes, yes, I know this isn't the way to do it. Trust me, I'd much rather not. But I've got to try to find a silver lining in here somewhere.
Oh, that and being home. It's MUCH easier to manage this thing at home than in a hotel room in a foreign country. Yup, I'm grateful for that.
So is the answer that I need to just let it go and be sick? And worry about it when I get better?