Just getting over another cold

I’ve had a cold for the last 5 or so days, during which time the weather here in Sydney has been raining, cold and miserable. It started raining right after I put my washing was on the line on Tuesday. Friday night I finally gave up, dragged it in and put it in the dryer.

Meanwhile, I’ve persisted in doing my morning yoga/breathwork/meditation ala Art of Living, and it seems to be working. My experience of this cold has been relatively mild. I know there’s something more going on than my usual flu-like symptoms, because the phlegm is chunky and yellow. Oh gross. Aren’t you glad to learn about that?

I’ve also got hold of some Blackmores PPMP (Potassium Phosphate/Magnesium Phosphate) that another CFS blogger said worked wonders for him. It’s part of their practitioner range so not all chemists stock it, and they have to have certain credentials even to order it. But if you call the Blackmores‘ info line on 1 800 803 760 (in Australia) they can tell you a pharmacy nearby who can order it for you. I don’t know what’s available that’s equivalent for those of you outside Australia.

Aside from the cold, things haven’t been too bad. I’ve been preparing to go away to visit my sister’s holiday house for a couple of months to get a change of scenery. I’ll be lonely, so please Skype me if you’re ill and want to chat, or if you’re well and want to chat! My plan is to finish a book I started writing a few years ago pre-CFS… let’s see if I’ve still got it in me. No doubt I’ll work on one or more of my blogs while I’m away too, as I have some half-finished articles ready to go.

I’ve even done my tax return for 2010/11, earlier than ever in history. So I’ll be financially viable at least until I get back. The kitchen is a mess and I need to clean out the fridge and a cupboard with an exploded tin in it before I go. But aside from that, things are going OK for me. How about you?

Progress? Perhaps…

I’ve been doing the daily yoga, meditation and breathwork practise that I learned at the Art of Living course, for about a half hour every morning. I find it a struggle at times, since part of me doesn’t want to have to do it. It makes me cranky. But the yoga is good for my flexibility, and I seem to have more energy. It’s a bit too early to be proclaiming miracle cure, but it seems to be working. I still feel like I have a cold, but it’s not bothering me so much and I haven’t been feeling like I need the afternoon naps as often. Another friend of mine with CFS has been doing the daily practise for 105 days, encounters similar resistance, and seems to be recovering. As he said to me on Skype this morning, “It’s early days yet”.

By the way, I’ve met some pretty cool people via this blog. If you want to set up a blog to help you connect with other people while you recover, check out my Build Your Own Blog website, starting with this article on How to Build Your Own Blog using WordPress.