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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Lagged

The human body is not made to hurtle from one continent to another by air. Through time zones. From one climate to another. If you think about it, before air travel, there would be time to adjust. Traveling by land or sea.

Despite my best efforts to stay healthy, I’m not. I don’t do sick well. I crashed in Belgium on Wednesday night. And missed a world music dance party. I pushed myself. Too many meetings. Too many late nights. Walking in the rain. And I think some sort of mild food poisoning took me down.

And now, between jet lag and a serious cold, I’m not myself. But rather a ill shell of myself. Jet lag doesn’t just affect sleep cycles. It impacts all sort of things. Body temperature. When my brain is awake. When I’m hungry. And, yes, when I sleep. At times I feel that sleep is pulling me under, without my consent. And with the combination of cold symptoms, I’m stranded on the island of the couch.

12 Comments:

Anonymous caroline said...

Hi Lucia,
I'm so sorry you are wiped out. Yes, I very much agree that our evolution from mucus-like blobs did not select for the ability to withstand air travel of more than 11 hours per month.

Anyway, thanks for visiting Potato Prints, even when you feel so lousy. Here's the answer: I left Long Island three weeks ago and moved back to my hometown of Madison. I last lived here in 1982!

Drink lots of water. Think good thoughts. Here's to an effortless recovery.

9:15 PM  
Blogger pei wei said...

You know what? I always thought so too! I tell my sister all the time "It is unnatural for a body to be so high up in the air at such a high speed". And it is isn't it? Makes arriving at your destination surreal.

Take care and rest lots. Bead something. I'm doing a dress - it's incredibly therapeutic.

11:04 PM  
Blogger QT said...

Take care, Lucia. Travel does take its toll. And the combo of jet lag & sickness - I would be in a coma.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Snooze said...

Enjoy the couch island - your body will let you know when it's time to move again.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

please take care of yourself

8:58 AM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

I remember being sicker than you can imagine when I got back from TH. It's icky! Hope you are well again very soon!


Peace,

~Chani

9:25 AM  
Blogger KC said...

You need a relaxing week on a sunny island (not the couch) beach, sipping drinks from coconuts. I'm going with you. Feel better.

11:24 AM  
Blogger gr said...

Listen, we're pulling for you, getbeter soon!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

I hope the couch island comes with a cabana boy and endless coco locos.

Or whatever else makes you feel helathy and refreshed. Rest!

4:28 PM  
Blogger kat said...

Ugh food poisoning is the worst. I had a bout of it two weeks ago.

Feel better!

6:09 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

I think about how unnatural my life is all the time: sitting in one spot for 8 hours staring at a computer screen. Some days I envy the caveman. What's the point of being so "advanced" if all we do is sit around and turn into goo?

3:21 PM  
Blogger kat said...

I'm so glad you like your doctor. That tooth issue I had a couple weeks ago was cured when my dentist came in the room. She was friendly and nice and she had great style.

It's amazing how calmed I was by her fashion sense.

9:43 PM  

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