Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I've been slimed
Where have I been for the past week and a half you ask?
It's been quite a ride. What started out as the mere symptoms of a usual cleansing cold (my once a year (max) experience of detoxing naturally), deteriorated into what I discovered was something doing the rounds here in Los Angeles (and elsewhere) that consisted of violent and unstoppable coughing up of Ghostbuster ectoplasm (otherwise known as mucus), feeling absolutely wiped out, sleepless nights, pounding headaches, and more unbelievable coughing and obscene amounts of Ghostbuster goop.
For someone who prides himself on ordinarily being as fit as a fiddle it's been trying to say the least. I have been unable to sit at the computer for the entire duration, making it here briefly to notify those who are expecting readings soon, of the situation. After things worsened I have had to lay low with a steady diet of amazing TLC from my partner (who has made homemade soup, shopped for groceries, tucked me in, got some Emergen-C fizzy vitamin drinks which were awesome, and otherwise been an absolute Angel (truly) each step of the way, all the while working his way through his own demanding First House Sun Cycle Rebirth period in his own life.
I am a firm believer in the human body healing itself, without the heavy use of chemicals and medicines, so I did make it through the hellish point without any help, but broke down nearer the end and took some liquid syrup to break up mucus, alleviate headaches and coughing. It helped to a point, along with a few ibuprofens to take the edge of headaches and enabled me to sleep a little easier.
A very gentle session of Restorative Yoga (lying in set positions for 10 minutes at a time) taught to me by my partner the other night has helped me strengthen, and although my cough is still lingering, and the Ghostbusters are still on duty I have made a wonderful recovery.
From an Astrological point of view, and for your possibly interest, Mars rules my 6th House of health and was Retrograde at the onset of the virus (retrograde slows healing and often, when going stationary direct again, it's usual direction, reactivates symptoms one last time) and in the sign of Gemini (the lungs).
In my Natal Chart currently, Neptune (liquids) is transiting my third house (lungs) which would add to the theme of fluid issues here. I haven't explored any further as I don't need to, but these points, came to mind that often, we will manifest and play out certain patterns at certain points in time.
What did this do for me?
I had the rest I needed (in 15 years doing this work I have never had to go AWOL for a week and a half - not bad!). I was able to regroup and not spend so much time wired into the static electricity of the cyberworld - something I cannot completely avoid with my occupation.
I have downloaded a few inspirational new ideas as well as healed my body and cleansed other toxins from my system that ordinarily would not have had such a prime chance to exit. The turbulent conditions of certain viruses proves a marketable opportunity for our bodies to purge on every level.
So I have also (Saturn is in Virgo at the Midheaven - the very top - of my Chart right now) cleaned up my health act (minimal dairy and less sugary food and a LOT more water) and more rest between work assignments. More fresh air and walks and more sunlight.
So I am thankful for the horrendous virus I had to contend with this past week and a half, and I look forward to being back up to full speed soon to talk to you. With my work being entirely governed by my ability to SPEAK, an unstoppable coughing fit isn't a very aesthetically pleasing thing to listen too during a Reading or subsequent listenings on your audio copy. Even with an accent, trust me...
It's great to be enjoying being back in a workable body. If you or anyone close to you is experiencing any of the same symptoms I recommend:
Breathing in over a bowl or saucepan of steaming water
Regular baths (rub towel dry afterwards to boost immune) or showers to clean off sweated out toxins
LOTS of water or water with lemon juice (electrolytes and cleansing)
Fruit (cleansing, feeding)
Lots of rest, even if you're just lying down
Propped up pillows to ease congestion
Vicks vapor rub (or other type) on chest to ease breathing
Echinacea (at the ONSET if possible if not still use) A Great Immune Booster!
Scrape your tongue to remove toxins daily.
Gargle with salt water.
Rub/massage feet daily - helps all parts of the body.
Eat soup and other liquid foods - natural as possible.
Drink Fruit Juices.
Vitamin C or Emergen-C packet fizzy drinks
Hope this helps. I'll be scheduling by the end of this week, (for the next couple of weeks) as the last of my cough subsides.
It's good to be back. Here's to sharing the next leg of the adventure with you in 2008 - with a new pair of lungs and a lot of fresh air!