Archive for Illness

A Cold Day

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 07/05/2012 by arabrhizome

So I haven’t told you all but I’ve been under the weather for a few days now. Today was the worse of it by far. All day I’ve been drifting in and out of sleep without really being there at all. I hate that feeling of not being in complete control. I ate some food though, which is good. I made myself a stew and it helped center me a little. Anyway, I’ve also had a headache all day and can’t really focus on much. I hope that I feel better by tomorrow, otherwise this will be really annoying. So as always, stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.


Needing to Update the Blog Badly

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 14/03/2012 by arabrhizome

So I really need to update the blog. I’ve been very complacent. Too many posts have been left without an update. I will be doing that over the weekend and hopefully it’ll be all done by Sunday. I’ve had a very bad tooth ache all day today. This has been really annoying. If it continues I’ll have to go see a dentist. So far paracetamol has been sort of helpful but it’s still hurting. Anyway, I should go and brush my teeth it does seem to help a little with the pain. So as always, stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.

Better then Worse

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 16/02/2012 by arabrhizome

So I felt slightly better yesterday and was able to get some work done. But then woke up today feeling alright, sneezed a couple of times and all the symptoms of the flu came rushing in. Now I’m calling it the flu, even though it’s just a bad cold. Don’t judge me! I basically spent my day nursing myself back to health, I’m still very ill. My head hurts, my body aches, my nose is blocked, my ears hurt, my eyes are burning. It’s really hard to concentrate on anything. This post took me about and hour to write, that’s how awful I feel. Anyway, I must go and have some tea. Stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.


Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 13/02/2012 by arabrhizome

I’m very sick today. I guess all the body aching was just me getting ill. I thought it might be my bad sleeping position. Clearly it’s not just that. I spent my day trying to make myself feel better. Made soup, tea and all sort of other stuff, but I’m not okay. Hopefully I’ll wake up feeling better tomorrow but I somehow doubt it. I might sleep early tonight, although I think it more likely that I’m going to stay up trying to get some work done. We’ll see how the evening progresses. In the mean time, stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.


Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 20/01/2012 by arabrhizome

I’m feeling very down today for some reason. Since I got back I’ve been sleeping for at least 10 hours a day and then spending the rest of the day in a haze. It’s very hard to focus on anything. Even this blog is really hard to do. I have a constant headache and feel weak. I want to do stuff but can’t find the energy. I haven’t been eating much either, which is annoying. Anyway, I should go make myself a cup of tea and try to get some work done. Also maybe try to reply to all the emails in my inbox. So until tomorrow, stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.

Being Vegan

Posted in Culture, Food, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 22/12/2011 by arabrhizome

So I’ve been vegan for a few months now and I have to admit that I feel great. I have plenty of energy, I feel happy and healthy. I didn’t really write about why exactly I became vegan and what drove me to it. I didn’t really know what to blog about today and so thought I might as well write about why I became a vegan and why I think that it’s an important thing to do. Also, I thought I’d let you all know what it’s actually like being a vegan, especially in a country in which the food revolves around meat, eggs, and dairy.

So let’s start at the beginning. Why did I become a vegan? Well to be honest, I always knew that when I ate meat I was doing something that was morally wrong, but I rationalised it. I tried to say to myself, and to others, that we evolved to eat meat. That as a species we had a biological imperative to consume animal meat. Of course that’s total crap. I also tried to put all the information about slaughter houses and the disgusting practices there in the back of my mind. I tried to not think about it. And to be honest with you, it worked. It worked very well. I continued to consume animal products without ever thinking about it. Meat was in every meal I ate.

However, I was then exposed to this information, as well as new information, in a way that I simply couldn’t ignore anymore. In fact, it happened through listening to Citizen’s Radio and particularly Erin Red’s appearances on there. I Learned things, and relearned things, that made it impossible for me to consume animal products and not feel like a hypocrite for several reasons. As you know I think of myself as a good person and someone who tries to stad up to injustice where ever it is. However, I had somehow managed to convince myself that the violence done to animals, both in the meat and dairy industries, wasn’t an injustice.

I also discovered just how unhealthy it is to consume those products. I mean the amount of antibiotics pumped into animals who are then used to produce milk or slaughtered for meat is reason enough to stop consuming those products. But it’s also so much more than that. Something that’s quite common sensical for example, but that I somehow missed, is that in order for cows to produce milk they must be nursing. I mean it’s common sense. So in order for cows to keep producing milk we keep them in a constant state of pregnancy and nursing but we actually take the milk for ourselves. Now that’s inexcusable.

Anyway, once I was exposed to this and much more information I realised that I just couldn’t keep being part of these horrible practices and that I needed to do what I can, which is stop consuming those products. Most of my friends were very surprised, as they all knew me for being very much a carnivore. I also consumed incredible amounts of cheese. So I got off meat and dairy for a few months now, and I have to admit that I never felt this good in my life. My body feels clean and healthy, my sinus problem has all but disappeared, my intestinal issues are basically gone. I feel healthy. I also feel happy, and if I’m honest quite self righteous.

So how has it been. Well if I’m honest I was very surprised at how easy the whole process has been. I was always someone who cooks a lot, so all it took is for me to adapt my cooking to my new life style. I have to admit that the internet has been an incredible resource here. Because the vegan diet is usually represented as bland and unattractive, vegan cooks have been pressured into making interesting food.  have to admit that I have never eaten so much interesting and cool food since I became vegan. I have also started baking, which is something I have never really done before. Vegan baking is really good.

I also was very surprised by how vegan friendly Nottingham is as a city. Pretty much every restaurant in this city has at least one good vegan option. I was expecting it to be difficult here in the UK, which is known for it’s reliance on dairy and animal flesh in its food. However, it hasn’t been hard to find most of what I need. Apart from some knee jerk reactions to me saying I’m vegan, which I have to admit has made some people hate me more than anything I’ve ever said or done, it has been good. All in all I feel that I made the right decision and I haven’t looked back since. Anyway, that’s my story. I hope it didn’t make you hate me. Stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.

Really Sick of Being Sick

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 09/12/2011 by arabrhizome

I’m really sick of this illness. It’s dragging on not quite bad enough for me to feel comfortable staying in bed and doing absolutely nothing, but not good enough for me to ignore. I wanted to write about a whole bunch of stuff today, both for my thesis and for this post. However, my brain is still too muddled and slow to concentrate on them. I’m really tired of it. I just want to feel better and be able to do everything I want to do. Anyway, I’m going to make myself some vegetable stew and relax. Stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.