Its been a hellish 5 days and nights. Last Friday, 14 women met up to bring in a close friends 50th birthday. I was Cinderella that night, had to take the children for morning swim. Two drinks for the whole night spent at O bar. Any more and I knew that Saturday morning plan would have been a bust.
There was a lot to do on Saturday. Bathe Muddy. Angath’s haircut. Homework. My Blog for Waste Management and different concepts to film for raising awareness for WET and DRY waste. But I started to feel weird by Noon. By evening different parts of my body were complaining and I haven’t worked out in a month so it wasn’t that. Hands felt FAT. Feet were feeling sensitive to tread on. Left ear had a slight pain. Ignore. Ignore. Blame the April Heat in Mumbai. By Sunday the throbbing in the ear increased. I was flushing. Hot. Cold. Hot.Hot.Hot. Alarms went off. Children had big assessments this week. Sunday is no help day.
I sent Anju Venkat an SOS. She heads The Health Awareness Center. They are Naturopaths. In May,the Center closes for a month , I panicked. She is amazing. She fixes us. No medicines.Two days before, Angath, got an allergy on his right thigh from an ice pack. Yes, Ice left on too long can create COLD UTECARIA. Never seen it before. He had a muscle pull and icing was necessary. More Panic. Simple thing was to reach for antihistamine but Angath has taken No allopathic medicines for Last 4 years. He calls Anjama. She calmly says, “baby, rub an onion on the rash, and drink an onion shot!’ The extensive swim workouts have created lactic acid build up and this will release it. Boom! 10 minutes later not a trace on his leg. I have followed her religiously. Naturopathy. This is the way for me.
Bad Ice. That’s what it was. I have been struck down by Bad Ice. Its very common. The two drinks that I had on Friday Night has left me lifeless and helpless. The searing pain in my left jaw. The raging fever. Not able to speak, or think, or move. Bad Ice.
SMS to Anjama. Feet in Hot water. Check. Lime-ginger-date for swelling.Check. Rose water towel on head, stomach, feet. Check. Turmeric and Honey. Check. The Pain is too much to bare. Tears fall in frustration. Children are dumbstruck. They complete their work in silence. They even wash their Food Plates for The First day of my Illness. : )
Day 5 is where I am tested. I have woken up in my own drool cos I have no control over my left side. My hair is greasy and flaky. The pain has not subsided. I’m feeling Yellow with all the Organic Turmeric in my system. Angath has got a D in his Assessment. Leia is being Leia. District Swim Meet is in two days. I do not have the liberty to wait for myself to get better naturally. The world will not stop for me. Its not about believing that Naturopathy will help, it will Help, but today it’s not helping me Fast enough. There are no Pill boxes in our home. there are no medicine cupboards.BUT, Today I choose to get better faster.