I think I’m pretty much better! Yay! Thanks for all the well-wishes! I’m currently at a cafe on campus-I plan to spend the afternoon getting things done. My last couple of days I didn’t have a lot of immediate work, so I was pretty much laying low-and I think I’ve pretty much kicked this sickness! (Knock on wood!) Yesterday I felt much better, and this morning I woke up feeling normal, minus a stuffy nose. No fever, no weird aches! Yay! It’s weird having a sickness that goes away after a couple of days….the last time I was sick I had Mono and I had a fever for over a month!

This morning since I felt pretty much normal, I went for a baby tempo run. Overall, I was happy with my pace! And I definitely felt less stuffy afterwards.



One major highlight of my day was watching the Spanish video my group made for class. We did a spoof of Iron Chef, and it turned out so well! I was in tears the whole time we were watching it! (Or maybe I just find myself really funny..?)

In other news, my friends and I have been doing our selfie a day for over a week! The goal is 365 days, and so far it’s been a lot of fun. If we can keep this up for the next year, it’ll take me through DC, home, the beginning of Junior year, and hopefully Chile! I’ll probably do a post on it in the distant future because I don’t want to bombard you guys with selfies regularly!

On the food front, breakfasts have been nothing new. Although I only have one serving of berries left!



Lunch-turkey meatball with broccoli and avocado.



And snack-morning glory bread! Over the summer, I’m going to try and come up with a recipe for this.



The other day I bought chocolate milk for post-workout, so I’ve been enjoying that this week. (As in, still recovery from Murph!)


Yesterday, I picked up our last CSA box of the year and jumped for joy at this week’s selection: BLUEBERRIES, giant apricots, and peaches!


Now, for the reflections of a (formerly) sick person. I feel like this quarter I’ve been treating my body badly. Last year, I definitely was when I got so sick with mono-I never slept, rowed for hours a day, was super stressed, and ate not in the best way possible. This quarter, I’ve eaten some junk and felt junky, but pst importantly I’ve consume a lot of things that have caused allergic reactions. Sure, my allergy to nuts is getting worse so I react to much smaller amounts, but I’ve had a lot of hives this quarter. I haven’t been careful enough in avoiding nuts, or I’ve said “Screw it” and had some (not lately). In reality, I need to be more careful. My skin hasn’t been great thanks to this, and some of the hives are particularly not fun. And who knows what else may be going on besides hives? It’s possible I’m reacting in a way I can’t see-I really don’t know. Lately, I feel like I haven’t been able to do anything right! For example, the last two nights, I too Benedryll to help me sleep with my cold and because I was having seasonal/cat allergy issues. Well, both mornings after taking it I wound up with hives. Is it even possible to be allergic to Benedryll? Man, that would be ironic, wouldn’t it? In this case, I feel like I did everything right…and still hives. I don’t get it!

Ok, that’s my rant for the day. Moral of the story-treat yourself well to stay healthy!



3 comments on “Reflections from a Formerly (?) Sick Person

  1. Miranda

    I’ve been dealing with hives too- mine show up after I finish working out and last until my body has been at a normal internal temperature for a while (usually for an hour after I shower). I’m blaming it on moving back to a climate where it’s above 20 degrees so my body is just readjusting to warmer climates again (it started back at the beginning of April when it warmed up). It’s definitely possible to be allergic to meds! I suggest to stop taking Benadryl if you have a hunch that’s behind some of your hives. Other reasons for hives: not washing sheets/cleaning room&couch&chairs often enough (I had an outbreak back in college because I hadn’t washed my sheets in over 2 months- ew), warmer temperatures, allergies (possibly a new kind of pollen or a weed?), food, pets (I had a blanket on my legs that my dog likes to sleep on and when I took it off, little bumps appeared all over my thighs an hour later). Food for thought!

    1. astottler Post author

      Thank you for those suggestions! I actually am allergic to Penicillin! And that’s so funny that living in a normal human being environment might be causing you problems! I will never understand how you survived the winter!

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