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Eye of the Optimist -fighting off the flu

I think I am getting better at fending off the flu despite the increasing propensity to catch it with aging. I often feel like it might get me but it does not always quite "bloom". I am hoping I can continue to stave it off this time around using the generally acknowledge healthcare methods as well as positive thinking.

For over a month as the seasonal change has progressed, I have periodically felt chills and experienced slight sinus discomfort and dryness in the throat without getting a full-out cold or bout of flu. I can feel pressure around the cranium, reduced energy and a little muscle fatigue. Sometimes I am kept awake and I think it may be caused by the physical battle going on between my immune system and some predator virus or bacteria. Though I do not know exactly when one can establish having the full symptoms, I can keep it under control without experiencing terrible fatigue, high fever, congestion and coughing. (I knock on wood.)

I do what one knows is best and more. I drink plenty of hot fluids, dress a little more warmly in case, consume copious amounts of vitamin C and vitamin C laden foods, and try not to do too much and let myself get plenty of rest. I also remain mindful and try to concentrate on challenging the bacteria and bugs with a conscious resistance of the mind. I am determined.

In general, I have been trying to keep up with exercise and not get weak minded about it. I also try to eat healthy, though I do tend to get weak and crave too much chocolate or the occasional junk food. (After I passed my last general physical examination last month, I felt I deserved a little indulgence. I have to be careful again. It only takes a few days of poor nutrition to invite in some disease.)

So far, so good. While many of my students and colleagues have fallen prey to the flu, I have so far kept it at bay. It is more challenging at the moment, so I am using all the mind power I can muster to prevent it. That was one reason for deciding to write this blog entry on this topic.

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