Vomiting and diarrhea may be funny in the movies, but in real life it's a barrel of misery

Luckily, I didn't have that bug.

There was no vomiting or other excretions coming out all ends during my Christmas weekend of unwellness.

It was just a fever on Saturday.

But I did feel miserable.

And that's the point.

You're forced to stay in bed ALL DAY.



Actually, it was nice to just do nothing.

Then, for Christmas, we went to my husband's family's house. 

If it was a normal, non-festive day, I would've stayed home in bed all day.

And given that I woke up on Christmas morning, feeling better, with no fever, I thought it would be a good idea to join in and be festive with the whole family.

So off we went to West Sussex.

It's a good thing that my digestive system was still working fairly well, because mah gawd! The Food! 

Gotta love Christmas for that. All that food that has to be gobbled up!

Anyway, it's been a few years since I've felt unwell like this. I use the term 'unwell' very intentionally, rather than 'sick'.

Because when we have a fever and have the sniffles and coughs, and are just miserable with pain and aches, we immediately associate that with being 'sick'.

Bear with me here.

When you have a fever, your body is raising its internal temperature for a reason. It's designed to do that to kill off the virus (or bacteria) that is overwhelming your system.

And just like all the other symptoms that come along with it, the fever is a symptom, a sign that shows your body is actually doing the healthy thing it's supposed to do.

We equate all these symptoms with being sick, and the first thing we've been taught to do is to suppress any and all symptoms with a drug.

And that's what will get you well. (WRONG!)*

Sudafed to dry up the mucus.

Paracetemol to lower the fever.

Ibuprofen to deal with the aches and pains.

And so and and so forth.

Most people don't realise that the minute you start taking any drug to suppress your symptoms, the worse it will be for your body.

It'll be much harder for you to heal faster and better.

Since Saturday morning when I started with my day-long fever, I have taken nothing.

Well, except for some lemon and honey tea, and lots of water, and lots of sleep.

My body just needed a lot rest.

I'm not surprised that my body was in this state. I've been crazy busy these last few weeks. 

I also needed to take today off because I can still feel that I'm still recovering.

It was so hard to make that decision to cancel everyone because I haven't done that since I was pregnant with my first child (first trimester pregnancy exhaustion).

But, once I contacted everyone and let people know that I was unwell and in bed, a whole weight lifted off my chest and I felt able to relax, knowing that today I could take the whole day to rest and recuperate.

That's the most important thing.

Allowing yourself to rest as much as possible and to let your body do what it's designed to do, without the bombardment of so many drugs that work against the body.

So, aside from writing this email, I'm happy to report that I've been resting well today.

Tomorrow I feel that I'll be back on track, ready to adjust all of you!

See you soon!

— Dr Being Well. 

* it's your body that does all the healing.

MaryAnne ShiozawaComment