Yesterday I spent pretty much the entire day in bed. I haven’t felt that horrible in a long time. I don’t know if my lingering cold turned into the flu, or what. I doubt that is the case since I feel leaps and bounds better today. Sometimes you just need to spend a “sick day” in bed I guess.
I continued sticking with the Optifast products all day and I was drinking lots of water and I had a Diet Cherry Pepsi. Sometime in the afternoon I started getting achy and felt feverish/chills. At one point, I got up to go to pee (for the 100th time) but suddenly felt AWFUL. I thought I was going to pass out. I literally dropped to my knees on my bathroom floor and called into the hallway – hoping my husband or kids would hear me. By the time they came in, I had dragged myself to the bed. I was pretty scared at this point. After passing out earlier in the Optifast program (which required a trip to the ER), I did not want to go through that again. I tried to remember what I learned from all of that and it was SALT! I asked my husband to go to the pantry and find anything salty. He sent up a bowl of tortilla chips. Oviously there are other things that would have been healthier – broth, celery with salt, pickles – which we don’t even have in the house because the whole family hates them – but time was of the essence. I ate a few chips then sent a text to all of of my kids’ cell phones and ipods that “mommy needs the salt shaker” and my daughter promptly arrived with it. Ha ha. I salted a few of the chips just to make sure I was getting a bunch. It was amazing….within minutes I felt 100% better. Dr. Ziltzer told me it was very easy to get dehydrated on this program and I’m sure being sick doesn’t help. I was drinking plenty of fluids but I forgot about the sodium. That, apparently, is an important part of hydration.
I had a good night’s sleep and woke feeling very refreshed. The kids all headed back to school today which is bittersweet. It was really nice having the down-time with them at home. We are heading into a very very busy few months now. Hang on!!