consciousness while ill

I have this ‘flu like’ viral infection.
It’s not a flu, I’m not completely out,
but get tired easily, and sleep a lot.

Paracetamol makes fever, and joint-pain and lack of appetite
fade to background … but not always. I often wait too long between doses,
just to see whether it is going better already, or not.

I want to do something more intelligent than read the online news.
Lying down, and passively watching or reading works fine.

But I recognise how this little illness slows down and even limits mental capacity.
Not consciousness itself, … consciousness is …

Mental capacity is easily disturbed when things go difficult.
Inner resistance creates a feeling of anger, blaming the writers
of the how to documentation that I tried to follow.

Is it the anger that limits my mental capacity?
Is it my resistance against illness that limits my mental capacities?
Shouldn’t I just slow down a little,
also for activities involving the brain?
Wouldn’t it work if I do this thing more slowly?
One step at a time?
I’ll give it another try
in a couple of minutes.

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) July 2013 – @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG4020


51 thoughts on “consciousness while ill

  1. I hope you’re feeling better. I like to check out mentally and physically when I’m sick. Light reading and light T.V. are what I typically do. It’s a great way for me to take a vacation from my unfortunate habit of striving. Take care! Celeste πŸ™‚

    • Thx. Spent a day without medicine, (never took too many, always want to feel what happens if I wait too long between doses to see I’m not cured yet) and feel the body working on a cure. Slight discomforts, better appetite, … I think I will be able to work this Tuesday.

  2. Bert, slow down for awhile. Listen to your body. I have been sick with a flu-like thing on and off for weeks now and maybe because I won’t rest for more than one day. Don’t follow my bad example and get well. Hope you will be fine real soon! Blessings of healing, Ellen

  3. maybe it is a message to slow down ….most illness are I think
    slow down and observe your thoughts , your surroundings….
    maybe you missed something important…perhaps taking care of you more…
    I wish you a slower and more effective “Get Well”
    Take Care Bert…You Matter…

  4. Tons of sympathy – remember summer before last ? – I had 6 weeks of my own species of such. Sometimes it IS good to slow down – if you won’t – something else will “make” you. Perhaps there is a purpose, perhaps something is simmering below conscious awareness. Listen to your body/mind and give it the respect of honoring its needs. Hugs to you – it matters – to me at least. Wishing you well, sooner than soon.

    • Hi Deb, feeling better already. I don’t think this one is walking pneumonia. And it also doesn’t look like ‘whatever i had’ in April. Thanks a lot for the wishes of health,and the advise to listen. We all think we are invincible like Hercules, until … πŸ™‚
      Hugs, and hoping to be back to 100% in a couple of days.

  5. Just on the matter of “capacity” and “ability”, and purely as a matter of interest, although dictionaries seem to see them as meaning the same, I use them differently:
    Imagine a one litre vessel. This has the capacity to hold a litre as long as it is not damaged. If there is a hole in it it does not have the ability to hold a litre. So, we then have a vessel with a capacity of one litre but the ability to hold a lesser amount. πŸ™‚

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