I have Sickness Behavior

Been curled up in a fetal position for 14 days (but who’s counting?)  My cold has traveled south  (undoubtedly looking for warmth) into my bronchials.  I don’t want to talk to anyone, see anyone, do anything and my guilty pleasures are no longer pleasurable.  The ever-present fibromyalgia fatigue has morphed into exhaustion and if I had the energy I’d invest in stock in Puff’s-plus-lotion-tissues stock options.

Bob the Blobfish sez: “If she thinks she’s got problems try being me with a cold . . .”

BUT Glory be! I’m not being a wimp!!!!  “Those feelings are a real thing called “sickness behavior,” which is sparked by the body’s response to infection. The same chemicals that tell the immune system to rush in and fend off invading viruses also tell us to slow down; skip the eating, drinking and sex; shun social interactions; and rest.”

“Those messages are so powerful they can’t be ignored,” says Philip Chen, a rhinologist at the University of Texas, San Antonio. But that doesn’t mean we don’t try. Symptoms like a stuffy nose are obvious, Chen notes, but we’re less aware that changes in mood and behavior are also part of our bodies’ natural response to infection.”

“There is plenty of evidence that having a cold impairs moodalertness and working memory and that brain performance falls off with even minor symptoms.”

“Excuses, excuses . . . “

9 thoughts on “I have Sickness Behavior

  1. oh no! I’m so sorry you have been sick…and still are. I hope it goes away soon and you can start enjoying guilty pleasures. I’m so glad you said that you aren’t a wimp, that your body is telling you to slow down….so many people just don’t listen, then they get sicker and/or pass it on to countless others. Take care of yourself my friend. Chicken Soup.

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  2. You are really a sad specimen. I feel for you but am glad that I finally am over my cold. I know how you feel though and have high hopes that you too will recover. Just rest, sleep, and take care of yourself!!!

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