... and I'm still alive.
Seems I was healthy one moment & sick as a dog the next when on Saturday my body quite nearly seized up from aches & pains accompanied by a parade of other symptoms that joined in over the course of the weekend .... nagging cough, fever, headache. But - hooray for today bc I'm feeling much better - just wiped out.
From what I gather it could very well have been the Swine Flu but I guess I won't know for sure bc I didn't go to the doctor - as it was at it's worst over the weekend. Anyhow - I'm back here & that's a sure sign that I'm well on my way to recovery :)
I'm no doctor - but I tho't to share here some home remedies for cold/flu like symptoms that seem to help.
Drink, Drink, Drink - plenty of water &
Hot Drinks ... - the hotter the better!
Hot Soup. Hot & Sour Soup from our local Asian food restaurant is at the top of my wish list whenever I get sick like this. You can feel it working on the stuff lingering at the back of your throat w/ every swallow. Friends from church brought over some chicken soup on Sunday (said it was an old polish remedy) & it was ohhh soooo good (I hafta get that recipe) & homemade bread. I think the secret ingredient here must've been the extra measure of care & concern they mixed into it.
Acidic Drinks ... grapefruit juice, orange juice, lemon/limeade (plenty of Vitamin C lurking here :)
Salt water & baking soda gargle &/or steams ... boil some up - put a towel over your head, lean over the pot & b-r-e-e-e-a-a-a-t-h-e thru' your nose AND mouth .... be careful not to get burned tho!
Whatever you do, don't let that yuck linger at the back of your throat. Scrape it away w/ Toast ... extra crispy. Salty potato chips - or dill pickles may do the trick too - bc of their salt/vinegar content.
Regular Strength - swallow a teaspoon of honey topped w/ a squirt of lemon juice
EXTRA Strength - pineapple chunks soaked in a whisky & honey mixture (hubby taught me this one :)
- even tho' no matter how much rest
you get - it won't seem like enough, you might as well get as much as you can bc you aren't good for much of anything else & most anyone who doesn't really love you doesn't want to be near you anyhow.
How about you? Any others you care to share?
I'll check back soon to see what tips you have to offer. Something tells me I may need to linger here in the not really sick but not exactly healthy either mode for a bit longer before I claim victory over this nasty bug - so please excuse me while I go get some more - you guessed it ...