Blessings and best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
2014 was a good year: I became a licensed massage therapist, formed my own business, began to establish a clientele, and took classes to offer additional services for my clients.
And just when things were going well, I caught whooping cough.
I consider myself a fairly healthy person–I try to exercise every day, eat healthy, and in general follow basic self-care guidelines. After all, I need to stay healthy if I hope to remain a practicing massage therapist. So getting sick was a big surprise–I wasn’t “run down” or overly stressed. When my son came home sick from school about a week before, I took him to the doctor. He had “probable bronchitis”, was given antibiotics and stayed home for a few days. Then a few days later, I got sick. Assuming I had the same thing, I also went to the doctor, received antibiotics, and came home to recover, assuming I would be back at it in a few days. I contacted my clients and rescheduled them for the next few weeks.
Wrong assumption. I continued to battle symptoms, believing I had bronchitis, and it was about a week later, when I awoke with a coughing spasm, that I had the stereotypical “whoop” sound. I went back to the doctor and asked for a pertussis test. I was also given a prescription for chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. The results came back the following week: x-ray clear, pertussis test positive. Once again, I had to contact my clients to reschedule.
The whole experience has been a painful one: my blossoming business has suffered a setback, and I was ill for more than a month. Thankfully my clients were not exposed. I have had to patiently wait it out until I recovered sufficiently to safely resume work. I am reminded that illness can happen to any of us at any time, despite our best precautions and our state of health. The road to recovery can sometimes be a great teacher.
I will be posting info on my additional services soon–stay tuned!