Just a quick update. I realise I left you all hanging. Apologies for that!
I was released from the hospital into my partner's care. By Saturday night, I was feeling well enough to join friends for a dinner out, though I didn't eat very much. On Sunday night, I went back to my own apartment, cleaned and did some laundry in preparation for the week ahead.
I'm still not up to full strength - I'm very weak and get tired easily. I taught a class and did a half-hour of restorative yoga on Saturday morning and I was absolutely wiped out afterward. I've done no yoga since then. Clearly, my Ashtanga practice is on hiatus for the immediate future while I recover. Even meditation is difficult because I'm often in pain and sitting is tiring.
At the moment, I literally have no appetite! Foods that I normally covet, like ice cream, cake, candy and cookies just turn my stomach (my sweet tooth is broken!). I can't even drink green tea. Water seems to be the only beverage that appeals to me. For now, I'm sticking with simple, bland foods: prepared soups and low-sodium Ritz crackers. I've been drinking a meal-replacement shake every morning in an effort to maintain some level of nutrition.
I'm still in some pain and my sleep is disrupted. According to my doctor, things should improve significantly for me in the next day or two. In a week, I should be back to my old self.
In terms of yoga, I was amazed by how tight my entire body is. It's like my body crumped up into a fist from the pain and the trauma. I'm also releasing a lot of toxins and I smell 'funny'. I normally don't have a body odour, but I certainly do right now! And I'm astonished by how weak I am. I hope that I haven't lost my strength completely when I do get back to my practice.
In some ways this illness has been really bad timing but on the other hand, I'm really glad it didn't happen in October when I was carrying a full-time teaching schedule. I guess there's never a 'good' time to end up in hospital. I'm just glad I'm out and on the mend.
Thank you for all of your kind emails and comments! I'll be back soon...