You know that moment your body is like “that’s it, I’m not doing again.”
Then it totally shuts down.
Without warning. Well maybe a few warnings you ignored, because you were too BUSY taking care of other things except yourself.
I’m not here to reprimand you.
I’m actually here to offer some perspective and encouragement when you find yourself in that situation.
Feeling sick can be frustrating, but we must learn to make the most of every moment in life, including moments of illness.
||MY SICK-LEAVE STORY
So yours truly went on her much anticipated 1-week leave and I actually traveled out of Lokoja, whoop!
It was a breath of fresh air to spend some days with my cousin’s family in the lovely town of Benin-city.
On getting back, I looked forward to maximizing the remaining days of my leave. But this life ehn…
Long story short, my body broke down. insert *real tears*
And guess who the culprit was?
If you’re a Nigerian living in Nigeria, you can appreciate the following facts:
Malaria can do you STRONG thing.
If you’re not familiar with what Malaria is, please read this.
After trying to shake off the sickness for a day, I borrowed myself sense and went to purchase an antimalarial drug from a drugstore. When the chemist told me that COARTEM was N1800, I was like “For ordinary malaria?” 😳😑
Treating Malaria is expensive.
Prevention is indeed CHEAPER than cure.
Prior to completing the course of my treatment however, I was low-key depressed because of the limitations Malaria had imposed on me. I was indoors and in bed most of the time, and having a poor appetite did not help.
I know this sounds childish but I was also angry at God for allowing me to fall sick while I was supposed to be on my leave flexing. Then this realization dawned on me:
I can be SICK and CHEERFUL. A sick body is NO EXCUSE for a foul mood.
I repented and decided to look on the bright side. So I have come up with some creative ways to stay SANE while sick.
[PS: This post is NOT meant for those with critical illnesses that need the maximum support to get by.]
1. BE THANKFUL.
2. HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR.
I know that sickness is no fun, but it takes a cheerful spirit to find humor in unusual situations. The scripture says “a merry heart doeth good like medicine.” Proverbs 17:22a
A compulsory bedrest is a time to get some perspective about life. Mentally RESET. Dump any emotional baggage you’re holding on to. Forgive those who have hurt you. Let God do a deep cleansing in you.
4. KEEP A JOURNAL.
Being on the sick bed can also be a great opportunity to chronicle your life’s journey. It’s fun, and relatively stress free.
5. LISTEN TO MUSIC.
While whatever meds you’re on is providing healing for your body, let some inspiring songs lift your soul from the dumps.
6. READ A BOOK.
Whether for recreational or motivational purposes, reading a book is a wonderful way to momentarily forget how sick you are and live in a different world.
7. ASK FOR HELP.
Many of us hate to be burdensome while sick. But the scripture encourages us “to bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ.” (GALATIANS 6:2) Allow others to help you through your trying time, and learn to do the same when there’s an opportunity.
8. REACH OUT TO OTHERS.
Now that you have the time, make that phone call you’ve been postponing, get in touch with that friend you’ve been too busy to contact. You can be sick and still be a BLESSING.
9. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR HEALTH.
Some of us live in denial for so long that we ignore the warning signals of an illness, and when we eventually crumble we blame everyone except ourselves. A time of sickness is a reminder that you should take care of your body so that your body can take care of you.
I saved the best for the last. If you’re a believer, by all means pray for the restoration of your health.
Healing is the children’s bread. That is, you have a right to good health because you’re a child of God.
In the scriptures, there is provision for divine healing as well as divine health, and I’ve benefitted from both.
You have no excuse not to pray while you’re sick.
Sickness is a moment of vulnerability and also a reminder that, of yourself, you’re not strong enough.
Here’s a Promise God gave to me at the beginning of this year,
[I] will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. PS 90:3 GNB
With that, what more ASSURANCE do I need? So when satan tries to suggest all forms of weird diseases to me, I literally chase him away with that verse.
I HOPE YOU FIND THE TIPS HELPFUL. So how do you stay sane while you’re sick?