Illness -serious or not- is no fun. Here are some things to think about and try the next time you are sick. Meanwhile, take your vitamins.
Almost everybody gets sick.
Jesus constantly says, "Your faith has made you well." He doesn't say you will never get sick.
Wrestle it to the ground. If hooked by it, pull the hook all the way through.
Those who love or like you will feel as helpless as you do. Help them by letting them help you.
Spouse, partner, doctor, gardener, aid, pizza deliverer. Learn to say thank you. Make a ritual out of it.
Rest. Rest some more. Rest in the morning. Rest again in the afternoon. Rest again in the evening. Learn to rest well. Check off your resting times on your To Do List. Feel worthy while resting.
Listen to the music you most love. Find something new. Ask for the list of your caretaker's favorites. Listen to them.
Clean up. Make your space alive and fresh. Freshen up. Find an excuse to wear a new outfit or to buy one.
Notice what they might be doing if they weren't here with you. As Simone Weil said, pay attention to suffering, not just yours, but theirs.
Keep a smile in your voice and in your eyes.
Create for yourself some ceremonial space; uncluttered, peaceful, and accepting. Have a way to start the morning and to end the evening. Pray, if you can.