This flu season is just going on and on this year. I was down for the count a few weeks ago and I honestly don’t remember the last time I caught something that made me feel THAT bad. As soon as I felt better, I started seeing my friends posting that they were coming down with it one by one as well. (BTW – these were internet friends, so I am not responsible for passing it along to them!) As miserable as I was, there were a few things that made me feel better so I am sharing them with you…cuz I’m nice like that. Here are my five things you need to have when you are sick:
This is number one for a reason! I don’t know if you’ve been home and watching TV during the day anytime recently, but there is nothing on. I mean nothing. While I would have loved to have caught up on some reading, my head hurt waaaay to much to even try reading. All I wanted to do was lay in bed and watch TV. And when I was at the worst of it, I wanted to watch somewhat mindless TV – not some intellectual documentary that required paying attention and thinking. My days were filled with episodes of Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, Army Wives, and Burn Notice. I tried watching Criminal Minds (which I love) but after a few wonky dreams I decided that was not a great choice with a fever. This whole thing pretty much left me wondering why we are paying for a cable package when everything I watched was from Netflix!
I’ll be honest – I have no idea how to pronounce this but I love it. I have used Boiron’s ColdCalm a number of times and always felt like it helped a lot so I was prepared and had a box of Oscillococcinum in the medicine closet just in case. I forgot all about it until the second day I was sick so I didn’t start taking it as early as I should have but I still noticed improvement once I started. You can bet that I will be grabbing a box of this every flu season, just in case.
My whole body hurt with this fever. I don’t remember being this sore from an illness since I was a kid. I just could not get comfortable except when I took a hot bath with Epsom salts. I used 2 cups of Epsom salts and 1 cup of baking soda and added different essential oils depending on the time of day and my mood (lavender and cedarwood when I was trying to go to sleep, eucalyptus when I felt congested).
I was cold all. the. time. I just could not get warm (except when I was in the hot bath mentioned above). I was so glad to have a heated blanket to wrap around me and put on high. Since the temps still keep fluctuating between 60’s and 30’s here, I think I will leave it out for at least another month!
5) Hint Water
I know how important it is to stay hydrated when you are sick. I make an effort to stay away from sugar and caffeine when I am sick and try to stick to water, but it gets kind of boring after a while. I love Hint water because it has literally just a “hint” of flavor and is all natural. It feels like I’m giving myself a naughty treat even though it is good for me. I love the flavors offered like Blood Orange and Watermelon.
So while I hope you don’t get the flu anytime soon, here is my list of five things that made me feel a little better!