They say you have everything when you have your health. I learned that lesson well this year as I rang in the new year sprawled out on my couch, drifting in and out of a strange half-sleep as I attempted to recuperate from the illness that had a hold of me.
It knocked me down. Big time. I've never watched so much daytime television in my life. I learned a couple of things about that. One, that daytime advertisers seek out older folks who are probably retired. And two, that medical companies seeking to reach ill people confined to their homes think daytime is where it's at.
I also learned about some pretty gross medications that are on the market. I mean, I understand the need for things like laxatives, but really, Colon Flow? There are thousands of people working in marketing across this country and Colon Flow is the best name we can come up with? Although, when you see the full commercial, they're not discreet in any way. At all. I guess they're just in keeping with the incredibly direct name of their product.
But I'm getting off track here. The thing is, I never used to get sick. Frankly, and this may just be complete crazy talk, I think the year I spent in China really messed with my system, because I've been sick way more in the last few years than I ever had been before. I guess that could also come with getting older. Apparently I can't drink Coke, eat nachos and only sleep for a few hours at night anymore.
I joke all the time about how unhealthy I am, but in reality it's mostly just joking. Because as time has gone by, I have found myself drinking more water and less alcohol, eating more fruits and vegetables and less junk, attempting to give myself a full eight hours of sleep every night. I try to exercise. At the very least, I am aware that I need to be exercising.
But, as often happens around the holidays, all of those healthy habits got thrown out the window in favor of cakes, cookies, chocolates, holiday beverages and late night reveries. I may have indulged a little too much during the recent holiday season, and it came back to bite me. Big time.
So, I was forced to say hello to 2014 flat on my back with a damp cloth on my forehead, pumped full of drugs to help allay some of the symptoms. It was certainly not a nice way to start the year.
I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions. Mostly, I think they just make us feel bad about ourselves -especially when we don't follow through on them. Which is pretty much every time. But maybe it's time for me to resolve to treat my body a little nicer as the year goes on.
You have everything when you have your health. A truer statement has never been made.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jackie Stark is a Chocolay Township resident and a staff reporter at The Mining Journal. Her column appears bi-weekly. She can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org