Well, best laid plans of mice and men, I guess: I had planned to use these three weeks as an intensive martial arts training time. The Jiu Jitsu school I go to has Mon-Thursday classes in the morning, which I’ve never been able to go to because of work, and Monday, Wednesday evening classes; I’ve also been taking my family to a Judo school Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Anyhow, I was all prepped to do an intensive few weeks of training when… my wife started having a bad fever. Crap.

Last year just before Christmas I woke up in the middle of the night with a wicked bad fever; I really didn’t feel sick any other way (maybe a mild headache) but the fever was so intense I felt like I was about to plunge into really being sick.

I managed to get myself to sleep, and when I woke up in the morning I felt fine. I thought – well that was weird, but maybe I’m not really over it. So I got up and did my morning workout; it was a Thursday which is easy to remember because it’s the day I do my weights intensive HIIT workout. I figured, if I could exercise hard and still feel fine that it was probably just a brief flu or something. I worked out hard and felt fine after… well mild headache maybe, but certainly didn’t feel terribly sick.

Fever came back though so I decided to get tested as we were still finalizing our Christmas plans with family. Yeah… turns out I’d come down with a case of the COVID. Mainly it was too bad cause… well cause it was Christmas, I tried to keep the wife and kids from getting it, and succeeded. Thankfully no one I interacted with got it from me.

One thing I took away from the experience (which others may debate, but there seems to be some corroboration of experience in this) was that exercising while sick really helped. I’ve heard/ read a lot about people who are healthy/ exercise regularly vs people who are aren’t/ don’t exercise regularly and that usually those in the former group are better off. That may be (and probably is) but when I had it I continued to exercise daily, and exercised as intensively as I could.

Actually, I think that exercising while sick with [almost] anything is a good idea because it cycles freshly oxygenated blood through your body; of course we should rest when we’re sick, but sometimes all we do is rest, which means we’re not making our heart process, or our body cycle as much blood.

The bible says that the life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11; Deuteronomy 12:23), and it’s true, your blood takes oxygen to every part of your body. It also contains white blood cells that fight disease. One of the things that has been said about COVID is that can cause the blood to begin to congeal, so forcing that blood to cycle, and forcing oxygen into it is a logical assist in recovery.

Anyhow, wife was a bad fever Sunday night – just before I was going to go in for my first morning BJJ class, I thought – man that’s what happened to me when I had it. So I skipped the class till she got tested, and whaddaya know. Now the kids have all had it, and I’m pretty sure I got it again although I only felt a little crummy for about a day or a day and a half which isn’t shocking since I’ve evidently got decent immunity from last year. Guess now my immunity is updated:)

I don’t want to piss anybody off with my opinion, but my advice would be to be led by the Spirit of God about how you personally handle your role in society, and don’t let man or human governments force you to put anything into your body. They’ve tried to take away and downplay religious exemptions because the pope and other religious leaders have advocated vaccination but the fact of the matter is: it is expressly a religious and spiritual issue when a person or government tries to take away the autonomy over your body, which belongs to God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Merry Christmas!