When I first moved to Portland, 10 years ago, my body went into shock. The damp, dreary weather was just too much. I had sinus infection after sinus infection. I was sick at least three times per year. As time went on, I would get increasingly sick each year. About three years ago, I went to a naturopath who helped me strenghten my immune system and flush out my sinuses with a nightly nose spray.
Two years ago, we started looking at opening our Max Muscle store and I improved my nutrition and supplementation of things like gluatmine, vitamin D and greens. I have not been sick with a cold in over two years. I take a wellness booster when I feel my system is compromised, whether I am tired or others around me are sick, it has always come through.
I have also worked out at home, alone for the last several years. So no germs to be caught from others. I have been so proud of the fact that I just don't get sick. Its been so nice.
Last week, Trevor and I went to a new gym to take a spin class. The gym had just remodeled. Before class, one of the other members was up talking to the instructor and I heard her say something about how she hoped they fixed the ventilation because she had been sick for two weeks after her last class. I didn't really think another of it, in fact I probably thought "maybe she should take a wellness booster".
The class got under way and after a bit, the mirrors started to fog up and the floor was covered with condensation. There were 35 sweaty people in the room, all breathing that in. Again, I didn't think too much of that....until Monday morning....when I woke up with a scratchy throat.
I threw the book at it....mega dose Vitamin A, increased my gluatamine intake, wellness booster, lots of water, extra greens, electrolyte tabs, mega dose Vitamin D....then I moved to sudafed and nyquil (which has high fructose corn syrup in it....WHY????). Now, I find myself in a full blown conjested, sore throat state.
I am so sad that my well streak is over. I've gone over 600 days without a cold. I feel like I'm at a factory and we've just had our first accident...you know how they have signs that say "21 days accident free" and the turn the numbers until there is an accident and then it goes back to "1 days accident free".
The thing that gets me is that I do all these things to keep from getting sick, I always wash my hands and then use a paper towel to turn off the water and to open the door. I can't help but wonder if I do all these things and I still get sick, how is there hope for people who don't eat well, don't strengthen their immune system and don't take care to avoid germs.
Its almost embarassing to me to have customers come into the store and I sound like I have a frog in my throat....I want to tell them my story....that I haven't been sick for so long....but now the counter has gone back to zero and I can't tell them that anymore. All I can do it douse myself in hand sanitizer and talk to them from a distance. It doesn't seem fair. I think I am delirious....Its probably the High Fructose Corn syrup in the Nyquil that is getting to me.