I got a wicked cold about 10 days ago that knocked me off my feet. Just when I thought I was through the worst of it, I woke up in the middle of the night to a throbbing ear ache, and muffled hearing. I was convinced my ear drum ruptured since I had ruptured my left ear drum twice before. It was scary not hearing, so I wasted no time going to the doctor.
It so happens I have an ear infection and have to take antibiotics for 10 days. When I was undergoing chemotherapy I had gotten an ear infection in that same ear after I went swimming in the pool. Considering that many people end up in the emergency room for some infection or the other while going through chemo, I considered myself lucky.
But this whole incident reminds me once again that my immune system just isn't what it used to be. When I jumped in a car to go riding with a colleague that was hoarse from the same cold, it didn't occur to me that I was a sitting duck to catch it. My doctor gave me a flu shot yesterday, but I should have been more vigilant and asked for it in November.
It's hard to admit that you're health isn't as rock solid as it used to be. I was told by my doctors that the chemo and radiation I underwent would most certainly impact my health long after the cancer was cured. Lesson learned? Do not deny yourself rest! Take your vitamins and eat well. Exercise! In short, take care of your health!