Tuesday, September 28, 2010

When The Sickies Strike (10 Good Ideas)

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Last Tuesday, I shared the joys of Fall. What I did not mention is the sickies that often accompany the lovely change of weather.

I have been mostly in bed for the last 2-3 days due to some sort of cold/tonsillitis. Boo-Hiss.

Thus, today I'm sharing my Top Ten When You're Sick:
(Please keep in mind that I am not sharing these as a medical professional...this is simply what I do when sickness strikes!)

1) Sleep. For me, this means napping whenever the baby is napping. I'm thankful he still takes two naps!

2) Drink water. Lots and lots of water. I have been following this advice almost too religiously, which is why I had to wake up so many times last night! Ooops.

3) Hot showers to help break up congestion. 

4) Hot tea. This has definitely been a lifesaver for my wretchedly sore throat. When I'm sick, chamomile is my favorite. Last night my hubby snuck a cough drop into my tea.

5) Another sore throat remedy is popsicles. Although try to stay away from the super sugary ones, since sugar lowers your immune system.

6) Ibuprofen is my friend! Ibuprofen or Tylenol help lower the inflammatory response your body has when you get sick.

7) Pajamas and movies. Yesterday, Squishy and I watched Up. Squirrel! But I skipped the sad parts that always make me cry. Crying and congestion don't mix.

8) Chicken broth. Homemade chicken broth is so good for you! Especially if you cook the bones down and get a nice gelatinous stock. I know I've been talking about chicken broth a lot lately, and I'm going to share even more about the wondrous stuff next week...

9) Don't rule out a trip to the doctor! While I don't advocate our nation's "I-just-coughed-maybe-I-need-an-antibiotic" attitude, you might be surprised to to find out from your MD that you actually do need something beyond over-the-counter intervention.

10) And, of course, relax and don't worry about the housework/laundry/unfinished tasks that accumulate! Instead, go back to point #7. Or #1.

And thanks everyone for your sweet words/well wishes! I'm sure I'll be healthy again soon...:)



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10 comments:

  1. Sounds like the perfect sick list. Hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Very good list. I am so grateful that I haven't gotten anything so far this season (fingers crossed). I SO agree with #9 and your statement in quotes on. I am the type that does sometimes waits until things have gotten out of control before I finally take it to the doctor.

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  3. Good ideas! Sounds like some of my favorite sick day routines! I use A LOT of honey in my tea, especially when I am sick as I have been told it is like a natural antibiotic, great for a sore throat! And its yummy!!

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  4. Crystal, I am drinking tea with lots of honey right this second! Mmmmm.

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  5. Ohmygoodness! I almost laughed (shh! baby's still asleep - or supposed to be!) as I read down through your list... and each one I was like "yep, yep, yep." I am 100% all for everything coming to a screeching halt when I get sick, so I can recouperate. Well, "everything" that doesn't absolutely have to be done. And I've "been there, done that" on the water thing. And I'm a firm believer of shunning all things sweet when I'm sick.

    Anyway... I hope you're feeling better now! I had (self diagnosed, the Dr. never said what it was) tonsillitis a couple months before we were married, and I thought I was going to die, my throat hurt so badly and I felt so terrible. It is NOT a fun sickness, if ANY sickness can be "fun" Haha!

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  6. Hi Alicia,
    Just recovered from a flue myself, the good ideas are just too late for me. But I watched movies with my daughter in bed (nr 7)! The house unfortunately is one big mess, so lots of work!
    Good luck with your "recovery" and the mess that comes with a sick mommy! Love Amelie

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  7. I just wrote you this whole comment and it got sent to comment la-la-land, but basically, I said to rest up, drink up, and feel well!

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  8. So, I notice whine and complain isn't on the list. I mean, not that I know anyone who would do such a thing :-)

    Feel better soon!

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