I went to England with this article in mind....
I got a sinus infection in England. Thinking it was just a bad cold, I “doctored” myself with very small doses of antihistamine, some cough medicine and LOTS of citrus. My “Amazon Woman self” (hereafter called AW) was in charge. Shortly before leaving, I pronounced myself “recovered.” On the trip home, fellow passengers were obviously sick - coughing and sneezing. Home in sunny Florida, with my self-diagnosis of “perfectly well”, I plunged immediately into garden work. I bought a new fire screen with receptacles for 15 candles – all of which I lit for a pleasant affect (LATER to learn that candle smoke often triggers Asthma). The end result: I became really, really sick. After many days in bed, it finally dawned on me that I was having a serious Asthma attack.
My husband begged me to see a physician. I returned, reluctantly, to an Asthma specialist I had seen several years ago. To be honest, I was surprised she gave me an appointment, since I hadn’t heeded her advice previously. The diagnoses: acute sinusitis, acute exacerbation of Asthma, allergic rhinitis, etc. So, you see, I obviously didn’t really need to seek medical attention!!!
I’ve begun 2017 cancelling events, patients, sports, gardening. I’ve been in bed (pouting) a lot – with plenty of time to think. I’m glad I didn’t write my Resolutions earlier because my NEW New Year resolutions will be written with the help of a new internal compass. Amazon Woman (AW) has been in charge for quite some time. She’s now been assigned a different position. She can remain – but she’ll have to be on the sidelines, rather like a cheerleader when I need her.