So you are Sick! Here's some helpful tips to help you get over any Autum Chills more comfortably.🤢🤧🤮😰🤒
Hello my dears, just a little myTake from The White Queen on how to get over some of these flus & colds that are doing the rounds right about now in the Autumn as winter approaches and as an aspiring writer I thought I'd not a few things down.
I was ill myself with a bad dose of it two Sundays ago, my parents weren't happy as I couldn't get out of bed for mass and I didn't get courtin my big lad. I think i caught it volunteering at youth club as I heard quite few kids got ill, children are walking germ factories lol. Anyway my symptoms were as I woke that Sunday morn a sore head, congested cough, blocked nose, loss of appetite, physically weak, heavy eyelids, aches&pains, a fever and very very irritable temper(us Redheads have a temper& hate to be sick). Got up at twenty past twelve to get a shower because I felt manky and regretted it as I was roasted in bed yet completely foundered. Admittedly the shower did help. My fella was very attentive when I was ill and nursed me back to wellness even though I was In full bitch mode, he always thinks I'm adorable when im voicing that im annoyed or angry its the downside to being so short. Of course my mother would look in with a lot of "awwwws" or "that's just darling" as my fella brought me soup. I had to miss college & work but I'm convinced a lot of stuff my big lad did for me as well as some recommendations I followed from relatives got me back on my feet again sooner. Anyway here's what i recommend to help you. *Disclaimer! Warning! I'm not a doctor or medical expert so follow at your own risk*
1. Take some Ibuprofen
I would recommend sleep first but with my head pounding I couldn't sleep, I had tried paracetamol but Nurofen tablets from the chemist did the trick.
Sleep is so important for recovering from any illness because it allows your immune system to better fight any illness or infection, mote crucially it helps the time go more quickly. I asked my doctor for sleeping tablets but she probably rightly refused.
3. Avoid going out
I made this mistake two years ago when I went on to my part-time job, I barely made out of the estate and felt wossy, had to call my ol pair to come get me. At the very least you don't spread it to other poor souls, though everyone gets the flu eventually.
4. Drink plenty of fluids
That's plenty of water, some tea. Hot chocolate is my favourite. Green tea with a bit of honey is probably best for you. There are those that recommend hot water with Lemmon slices though I'm not sure if it does much good, worth a try. It's annoying as you get comfortable in bed & need to run to the loo every 5 minutes.
5. Rub Vicks Vaporub on your chest.
Rubbing Vicks Vaporub on your chest is good to help clear a cough & blocked nose and it's great for those aches & pains. Camphor, Menthol and Eucalyptus that's in it certainly does the trick to help you visit the land of nod though don't let you fella apply it for you as boys will be boys & one thing leads to another.
6. Cough medicine & Sucking lozengers
There's few things as bad as a raspy cough when you need to sleep. Cough medicine does the trick to help sooth it. Sucking lozengers through the day can help also. It won't cure your cough but will give you relief.
7. Take a warm soapy bath
Warm baths can be relaxing when your not sick & just stressed out but they are great when you are sick. Some candles, meditation music, eucalyptus oil burning and seclusion. Again do this when your fella isn't around as it you know what they are like. You really need peace for this.
8. Take saline
It could be in the form of saline drops for your nose or tablets. The drops are great for unlocking the nose but the tablets work wonders, my fella swears by them as a hangover cure. Basically they replace salt your body loses and if you've the flu through sweat, coughing and spluttering your body loses salt.
9. Eat soup
Nothing makes a sick person feel better than soup especially chicken soup. When your sick & have no appetite soup is just right, with a bit of bread or roll. I say avoid the tinned stuff as they aren't that healthy especially Heinz ( have you seen their baked beans, full of water). Soup is one of the easiest soups to make, any simpleton can make vegetable soup. Tomato soup is my favourite. I like to add potatoes to thicken vegetable soup up.
10. Stay Warm
Staying warm is important for you comfort and for preventing you from getting worse. A nice warm pair of jammies (I have so many pyjama sets) warm dressing gowns, warm fluffy bedroom slippers the whole works. We all know when you've got a bad dose your always feel a chill no matter how warm your place. A warm sleeping bag is great for this, it's like being back in your mother's womb again. Big Wooly socks are a revelation.
11. Stay cool.
When you've got a bad fever your always either too cold or too warm sometimes both. Like your feet could be like icicles and your head could be on fire, a wet face cloth run under cold water and wrung out placed on your forehead can help your body regulate you body temperature, a fan on is sometimes beneficial. If your running a really high fever a cool shower may be necessary.
12. A Hot Water Bottle
I never really used one since I was a child when the winter was real bad but I guess it's like a comfort thing when I'm sick. I like to keep my feet on it.
13. Comfort food
Could be anything pizza, lucozade, sweets, crisps, curry whatever, chances are when you are sick you won't be able to stomach the thought of food but if you get a craving for something you certainly should induldge it because you body is telling you what it needs.
14. Have sex.
There are a multitude of benefits to having sex when you are well but when your sick sex can help boast your immune system, he surge of adrenaline sex provides can clear your blocked nose and of course it will help you sleep. Believe you will be looking gross and really be into it but you get there and it helps.
15. Relax when you favourite childhood movies.
I don't know about anyone else but when I'm sick I can't watch or concentrate of anything new it has to be something I've watched a hundred times like old Disney movies, forest gump, the princess bride, kindergarten cop, The goonies, Home alone, Matilda, Casper, babe, fly away home, my girl, Jumanji, hook, Mrs Doubtfire... we all have our favourites.
16. Visit a Health Spa
When I was feeling a tiny bit better my man took me to the local leisure complex health suite for an hour. I gotta admit the steam room, Jacuzzi and sauna really did help a little bit though I probably spread whatever I had to others.
17. A Hot Toddy
Now i don't know if this actually works or doubt of if it makes you worse but after a few of these you barely know your sick (probably cause your tipsy or wrote off)
For a Hot Toddy you will need 35ml whisky, 3 tsp honey,1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half,1 lemon, half juiced and half sliced
In 35ml of whisky add 3 spoonfuls of honey and whisk together in a heat proof glass. Add half of the cinnamon stick to it, then top up with 200ml boiling water.
Add a some of lemon juice it, then taste and add more to your preference. Finish with a slice of lemon, studded with a, and serve immediately.
That's how my mother makes it, others may do it differently, some do it with lime. I'm not a big whiskey drinker but my mother swears by Jamesons or Bushmills for this and apparently any other drink or cooking cooking lol. I suppose you can make it with ant whiskey even that American stuff.
Conclusion well just my advice, I'm likely just telling the road you know. Anyway this on my list was helpful to me, I hope it will help you or at the very least make it all that much easier on ya.