I knew this would happen sooner or later. I’m not as young as I used to be and my body’s natural defenses have slipped a bit in the last few years. I’m more prone to infections and this latest attack is no exception. I am more aware now that I catch things easier and it takes longer to recover than when I was in my 20’s and 30’s.
I recently had an issue where I experienced an increased heart rate, difficulty breathing and severe cramping. Below is my story, as best as I can remember, of how it happened.
It all started with someone else. The germ is airborne and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the first to get it. Since it is highly contagious, it spreads quickly and there is little you can do to prevent becoming infected yourself. You might try to keep your distance but it is just too strong and it goes from host to host without any concern of who it infects.
The symptoms start slowly. But soon they involve the entire muscle system around the cheeks, under the eyes and across the forehead. It pretty much involves the entire facial area. Soon, breathing becomes faster and louder, as the diaphragm has an uncontrollable urge to expel vast volumes of air all at once. The throat constricts and affects your ability to speak. The adrenal gland is involved and you get a rush of excitement that usually accompanies the rush of blood coursing through your veins.
Until, finally, a smile breaks out.
And you just can’t hide it any longer. This may happen in as little as a few seconds. For those who have the stamina to fight, it might take longer.
I guess it’s a chance you take when you make someones day.
Be careful, you might become infected yourself. And you smile so much that it makes your cheeks cramp.
Day 18 – Make someones day.