The key thing is how does this affect my success? First way is that I during those 18 days, I stopped most of my system of success. The system consists of 1) Wake early, 2) Write out goals 3-5 days / week, 3) Write in blog 3-5 days/week, 4) Listen to 45min - 1 hr success material 3-5 days / week, and 5) Take regular action towards goals 5 days per week 6) Weekly meeting with other success minded people.
For the first few days of illness I did continue with my success activities, then we had 7 days planned vacation in Korea and I have traditionally stopped most of these success activities during vacations. This is a pattern that I want to review because I am more careful about trying to maintain a healthy eating pattern, even during vacation, though I did allow that also slip.
I believe that the success system is mostly concerned with training our mind, just like a healthy program is designed to train our body. When you go on vacation, how much unhealthy things should you allow yourself to do since you are on vacation? There are of course extremes on both ends of this spectrum. I have heard that professional athletes if they even miss one day of training will suffer for several days when they start again, so if they stopped for 3 or 7 days, they would suffer even more. Most of us aren't at this level a performance, so I suspect we can probably handle 1-3 days of slacking off.
Well, back to the current situation, the good news is that in general I have been able to maintain a positive and productive attitude, especially with my wife. My wife has been great in looking after our son, practically completely by herself because I have been bedridden for the last 7 days.
Life happens one day at a time. I can just start from where I am now and decide if this success system works for me and continue from there.