The Rage !
Clearly , Day 4 and 5 belonged to the Thermal King – the Fever. (pun intended )
From a low grade fever the body temperature shot up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit .
The Virus was playing its power game to the optimum.
The symptoms vary from patient to patient and some are not ravaged by the fever. But the others , like me , who are – the trick is to make peace !
I tossed and turned and went through a lot of mental anguish and then at last at the end of Day 5 , I made peace with the Fever. Just don’t fight it. Just try to live through it , to the best of your ability .
And that worked !
Try sponging if the fever goes high. I also kept my oxygen levels in constant check. Thankfully , the O2 levels remained fine.
My daughter pushed me in for a bath at the end of Day 5 . I think that is what finally broke the fever.
And once the fever broke, it reminded me of a poem that we often read in school , Nissim Ezekiel’s – The Night of the Scorpion. I totally aligned with the mothers sentiment in the poem. After having been stung by a poisonous scorpion , she writhed in pain for 20 hours and all that she said at the end of the twenty hours was :
Thank God the scorpion picked on me
And spared my children .
I felt likewise !
Day 4 and 5 also brought in slight inflammation and pain in the throat , coupled with a cold.
I marvelled the way at which the mighty virus slowly spread its way through the body , limb by limb.
So to soothe the throat , a simple warm concoction of ginger , cinnamon , saffron and honey is good enough. A lot of people had recommended the sachet by Patanjali but I found them to be out of stock at Amazon. But no worries , the home made concoction serves pretty well.
And I carried on with steam inhalation , thrice a day.
To be honest, the fever made it difficult to do the breathing exercises on Day 4 and 5 . So I skipped them. I was too weak to exercise. So I listened to my body diktat.
Day 6 was also spent with intermittent spells of fever.
Food remained very light and largely consisted of dal – chawal.
The anti flu medicines also make you very thirsty and dehydrated , so its good to keep the fluid intake very high. It helps in flushing out the fever as well.
I did try to read and one can manage reading in those periods of the day when the head is not fuzzy . But to be honest I did not enjoy it . I actually stated to enjoy reading from Day 7 onwards.
I kept my urge to write intact by adding on to my lexicon of visual vocabulary . And that kept me going through tough times.
I would definitely recommend limited screen time as it exerts the overtaxed body . So I did not indulge in any Netflix binge watching !
WHAT HELPED : Home made kadaa, steam inhalation , warm saline water gargles , home made food like dal chawal, medication on time.
A silent Gratitude list to make you count your blessings .
A shout out for the family & friends out there , working round the clock to keep you healthy and safe.