It has been a while since I posted. It’s because I’m a lazy. Seriously. There’s no other excuse than that. I’m a lazy donkey ass.
I mean what are my hobbies right now? Being a lazy ass is #1.
I have been sick. I got Covid 19. There’s no doubt in my mind. Remember my last post: https://www.sugarbroke.com/vacation-binge/
Yeah, that’s me in San Diego, at a wedding and at Disneyland. All three are the worlds’ petri dish for spreading virus.
The day after I got back, I got sick. Really, pretty sick. It started with fever and cold sweats. Then it moved to fatigue. I spent one whole day sleeping. Then for two weeks I had on and off chest tightness, muscle soreness and borderline cold sweats.
I also spent time in Seattle (Well past when I was sick and was no longer communicable – quit shaming me).
So I’ve been to every hot spot around. Thinking of a trip to Wuhan to top it off. Though it is probably safe there now. How would I know? I don’t watch the news like the rest of you news addicts.
I was in Seattle for “legally mandated” work. Again, quit shaming me.
As you may remember from my trip to San Diego I pretty well binged all things sugar in San Diego. Instead of Sleepless in Seattle, it was Wiped out by Sugar in San Diego. I definitely believe the refined and excess sugar inflated my inflammatory process and aggravated my Covid 19. It made it worse.
These were the things I did that relieved the symptoms for me:
1). Got off sugar – Just don’t partake right now. Covid 19 inflames the cells in your body and lungs. You don’t need to help it out any.
2). Vitamin D from the sun. When I was outside I felt good. I could breathe easier.
Look at this chart. Just look closely at where Florida and California curves go. I guess one could make the argument that these sunshine states with their high levels of Vitamin D help curb the virus. Even with their spring breakers, etc.
3). Drink a lot of water.
4). Do lung exercises. Some cardio, deep breathing, etc.
5). Mucinex helped.
There. I’m not a doctor. Those are things that helped me.
Starting back at 1. I think there was a Boyz 2 Men song about that. I’m back to 1 day. Tomorrow will be 2. I hate sugar and what it does to me. Getting back to 100 days off.
Never mind it’s a Brian McKnight song:
The world is depressed right now. There’s no question about it. The news seems to go from worse to worser (or is it worserer) every night. It’s like a train wreck with no ending. It is at these times that many of us turn to self medication (alcohol, sugar, porn, you name your addiction).
I am finding that when I live disciplined, especially with sugar, the smile on my face shows up more frequently and with more intensity.
Who to Trust?
It is human nature to look around the world and find a leader, someone to trust. For some people it is Fox News. Barf. Others prefer Cuomo. I think there’s a market for Trump. Some people turn to religion.
Trump brought the My Pillow guy to his press conference today. Not sure why. But he went off the cuff.
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell: "God gave us grace on November 8, 2016 to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the Word, read our Bibles." pic.twitter.com/KlH55S3wIn
— The Hill (@thehill) March 30, 2020
People turn a little zealous during crisis. Sometimes……..
And to be fair. I am a believer. I am religious. Whatever else you want me to be. I don’t reveal myself too much, because I am pretty unorthodox. There are wonderful atheists, thoughtful and kind. There are cruel Christians, bigoted and mean spirited. There are wonderful Christians.
Like Dostoevsky Said:
“Bad people are to be found everywhere, but even among the worst there may be something good.”
I do enjoy reading the bible.
Consider Luke 9: 51-56. Jesus goes with his disciples to visit the Samaritans (who are bitter opponents of the Jews). And the Samaritans “did not receive him because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem” (meaning he was a Jew).
Well, the disciples said Jesus should we “command fire to come down from heaven and consume them.”
Wow, harsh much?
Nope. Jesus retorted. “The son of Man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”
And they went to another village.
A saving grace for all, even cultural rivals. A beautiful story of mercy and acceptance over correctness and ego.
Can you trust me?
Well, let’s take a look at a blog post of mine from 1/4/20:
On January 4th of 2020, I gave some fatherly advice about the stock market and upcoming conditions:
You may consider taking your retirement money, for a time at least, out of the stock market. Though our President does like to boast of “new daily highs” he fails to caution the uneducated investor about the current and pending volatility catalysts (ie Middle east tensions, Bubble expansion, high corporate and federal debt, lower earnings, repo crisis and a market propped by fed intervention). Apple, the company, can only carry the market for so long and for so far. So, even though I’m not a financial adviser or economics scholar, nor do I have a lot of money to invest, I would at least caution those that are close to a position of retirement, to have a frank conversation with your financial adviser about being a little more defensive.
Here’s that Post: https://www.sugarbroke.com/down-but-not-out/
So, I got one right out of 100. Who cares. As for me, I find myself turning to the literary classics in crisis. The words connect me to the human condition. I find deeper compassion and empathy. Some of these authors are so prophetic. They know my soul and describe it in words that fail me.
I crave the realism of Dostoevsky in Brothers Karamazov:
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Or how about Albert Camus and his work “The Plague” – So parallel to our current situation:
“But what does it mean, the plague? It’s life, that’s all.”
There are lame influencers on Instagram and they want us to trust them. They are so lame that it is nauseating. I couldn’t spend one second of my life looking at their highlight reel and over the top cheesy smile with unrealistic body shapes and Utopianish lifestyle attitudes. It’s all a hoax. Instagram should be shut down with a virus.
I really enjoyed this read from Reddit on how quitting sugar dramatically changed this lady’s life: