Use Your Words
I recently caught a cold/flu. Normally I would take a day or two off, take some Tylenol and head to bed knowing that in a few days I will feel better. Not in this season! In this season, it is not that easy! I analyzed my symptoms, second-guessed them, analyzed some more and then decided to go get a Covid test. My symptoms were not severe but I had several that were on the self-assessment list, so I decided that I should self-isolate and get a test.
I am a ‘7’ on the enneagram (personality typing system). Sevens are extroverted and optimistic. Their basic fear is being deprived and their basic desire is to have their needs fulfilled. Well, let me tell you, isolation was not made for 7s! Take people away from the extrovert. Deprive them of hugs from their family, and take away their choices. Then, make them wait to do anything other than sit in a room with 4 walls. Ok, 7s can also be dramatic. I had my own bathroom, and access to a TV and my phone – it wasn’t just a room with 4 walls! If you are an introvert, you are probably thinking, “sounds like paradise!”.
The first day or two felt like a normal cold/flu, as I would be in bed anyway. A few times I heard my kids laughing and felt like I was missing out, but I was happy to be sleeping and crashed pretty hard. On day 3, I was feeling quite a bit better and started getting antsy. I didn’t need as much sleep and I was starting to ooze cheese from watching far too many Christmas Hallmark movies! “Oh, I know what I’ll do!” I thought, “I’ll take more time to pray and read my Bible, I’ll listen to some podcasts, and maybe even get some work done”. Great idea, right? While it may have been a great idea, my mind was sinking. My body was still achy so I wasn’t feeling great physically on top of feeling down in the dumps. I was emotionally sinking.