they could call it RhinoZap
in this day and age, it's amazing to me that we have not conquered the common cold. i'm sure there is someone out there working on it, because imagine how lucrative it would be! i would be the first in line for an antiviral ColdCurePack or an effective rhinoviral vaccination! if my last post was unclear, my car battery really DID die and i really DO have some nasty upper respiratory virus yet again. admittedly, it's probably not swine flu, because none of our clinic specimens were PCR positive, but it still sucks.
i'm trying to rally, though. i did go to work yesterday (in a rental) and will be going again today. i even spent the evening cleaning and organizing our out-of-control apartment-- i figured that my hot/cold flashes and fluid-filled sinuses were going to be annoying whether i was experiencing them in bed vs. while doing something productive. being surrounded by squalor was making me feel ten times worse, so i think it was worth it.
this morning, i came across another interesting post on the zenhabits blog. it discussed seven essential areas of personal growth, and suggested thinking about how your life's activities fulfill these areas by creating a sort of map or list.
here's my quick 7 AM analysis:
(1) Spiritual: running, yoga, appreciating the outdoors and nature
(2) Intellectual: reading, both for work and fun; interesting movies and music
(3) Psychological: hmm, does the introspection on this blog count? thinking about patient interactions at work?
(4) Social: hanging out with work friends, running with people, dinners out, and trips to visit friends & loved ones
(5) Professional: going to work and striving to learn more and become a better doctor every day
(6) Recreational: all of the 'social' activities, plus personal down time reading, writing, and watching the occasional trashy TV
(7) Physical: running, yoga, strength training, sleeping and eating well
an interesting exercise! i definitely agree that life would feel lacking if any of the above were absent. aware or not, i believe that most people naturally seek their own balance between these areas. recently i think i was really craving social but now i'm feeling low on intellectual. bring on the literature and foreign films!
workout: none, unless you count the palpitations brought on by sudafed (ie, the best. drug. ever.).
doin' time: on hiatus until cold has improved. no one wants to eat microbe-tainted martha creations.
reading: this nonacademic but still pertinent-to-work article shared by an insightful commenter. i also spent time finishing up notes on the renal clinic patients that i saw.
flossing/nails: check. although some of my nails looks a little worse for wear. maybe i messed with them subconsciously?