Today, while out walking Smarty and thinking about what herbs I might use to help me recover from the autoimmune meltdown I’m experiencing, I had this weird thought/epiphany-type thing: My life has become a game of Plants vs Zombies.
The zombies are the viruses and other things that trigger my immune system to activate and get all wonky. The garden-variety zombies are like the common cold; easily defeated if I get my defenses set up early enough. The football player zombies are like the flu and can quickly overcome my defenses if I’m not diligent enough. The zombies that dig underground are like the Epstein-Barr virus and whatever other latent viruses I might have lurking in my body – they are invisible until they are suddenly right outside my door, destroying my defenses.
The plants are, of course, the herbs I use. The stars that shoot in several directions at once are like fresh ginger, which is broadly antiviral. The pea shooters are elderberry, the first herb I turn to in an attack. The fume shrooms are like antiviral essential oils that I can diffuse. (My walk ended before I had a chance to assign plants to the other herbs I might reach for: astragalus, rhodiola, boneset, yarrow or licorice.)
I tend to stick with the same plants, both in PvZ and in real life. None of this osha, usnea, andographis stuff for me. I stick with what I know.
What real-life is lacking is the little view of the zombies I’ll be fighting before a level. Right now, I have no idea what I’m fighting. There are many things that can trigger my immune response symptoms: A weather change, exposure to my main allergen (corn), food additives, environmental allergies, stress, too much activity and not enough rest, a possible flare-up of a latent virus (I always suspect Epstein-Barr since my problems started with mono), or any virus that might be floating around.
It’s nearly impossible to tell from the symptoms. A weather change can cause a sore throat the same as a cold virus. A high viral load can cause miserable inflammation in my shoulders and hips the same way food additives do. It’s like I’m playing the fog level without the benefit of that sneak preview of the zombies. I can hear the munching in the dark but I can’t tell what zombie is munching.
Also like Plants vs Zombies; it’s fun until the zombies are winning. Today, I feel like I’m losing the great battle for my brain/body. I have a headache, foggy brain, a vague sense of depression, fatigue, sore throat, widespread inflammation and travelling stiffness and pain. One minute my toes hurt, the next it’s my ankles.
I would suspect the weather change but I detected symptoms of my brain being chomped on a couple of weeks ago, which maybe tells me I’m not fighting a cold or flu virus. Maybe. I don’t honestly know how long they can hang around fighting.
The good thing is that I can feel terrible and be 100% sure I’m coming down with something and wake up feeling much better the next day. I’m hoping that’s what will happen this time.
Some rest would probably help but my elderly cat has been on a peeing, pooping and puking spree so I’ve had to do a lot of cleaning up today.
That’s what PvZ is lacking: cats that hinder your progress! In my case, it would make it a lot more realistic. They always barf on my bed when I’m not feeling well.