Life Lessons From The Stomach Flu

Your perspective can change on a dime.

Elizabeth H Cottrell-Heartspoken.com
The Shortform
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1 min readApr 8, 2024

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Within just a few hours, I went from feeling great to kneeling on the bathroom floor hugging the toilet, my gastrointestinal system in turmoil. I couldn’t keep anything down. Soon my world closed in with nothing on my mind except getting loose from the virus’s grip.

I hoped it would only last a day. By the third day, I couldn’t remember when I had been so sick. By the sixth, I began to feel human but had no stamina.

Looking back, I learned some things:

  • Feeling good and being rested should never be taken for granted.
  • After hours staring into a toilet bowl, gazing at a sunset now fills me with joy.
  • The attention and kindness of a loving caretaker is a gift beyond words.
  • You know those things you thought you had to do? You didn’t.
  • Gatorade® is a miracle liquid.

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Elizabeth H Cottrell-Heartspoken.com
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