Normally I’m well prepared for cold and flu season — I keep a bottle of hand santizer by my desk at work and another in my purse, I kick off my day with a tall glass of Emergen-C, I try my best to eat and live healthy. But apparently, I let my guard down. This weekend, the illness came down on me like a hammer.
I was able to call in sick yesterday, but today I have to drag my sorry, sniffling butt in and get work done. How do you carry on with life’s stressful routines when your body is aching and you’re coughing up multicolored semi-solids? I’m trying to figure it out. Here’s what’s sorta, kinda working for me as I battle the Mucinex family that’s taken residence in my lungs.
Vitamin Water — One of Mama Bella’s mantras to me is, “did you take your Redoxon C?” The popular British effervescent Vitamin C drink also is a mainstay in Trinidad (and I suspect many other former colonies).She always, always has a bottle on hand. Here in Miami, I’m addicted to Emergen-C. Most people are probably aware of the 1000 mg Vitamin C Emergen-C, which comes in like six different flavors. I have the raspberry, but I’d like to eventually try the tropical and to go with the holiday season, cranberry might be good. Besides chugging raspberry Emergen-C, I’ve been sipping on their Immune Defense formula, which only comes in one flavor — ruby lemon honey.
It’s like floral lemonade. I likee. Besides 100 mg of vitamin C, immune defense also includes enhanced zinc, Vitamins A & D, hibiscus extract, and elderberry extract. I’ve been guzzling it now that I’m ill, but perhaps (like Airborne), it would have been better as a preventative measure. Hindsight, bellas, hindsight. (Psst, in case you were wondering, Emergen-C also makes a yummy strawberry multivitamin, and they’ve got flavors for what ails ya, from your aching bones to your bum ticker. And it’s all on sale at Drugstore.com).
Hot Tea (For Your Face) — my favorite freelancer (and Pisces soul brother) is a dude by the name of Carlos Suarez de Jesus. Carlos is an artist at heart, with the voice and physical bearing of a Cuban pirate. He is awesome. When he heard I was sick, he called me right away and told me to buy a bottle of eucalyptus leaves, boil them into a strong tea, and steam my face over the pungent brew. Woo! That was a really affordable way to clear my passages like nobody’s business. Good looking out, Carlos! There’s a vast variety of steam inhalers, body washes, and vapor plugs on the market — I like that Sudafed vapor plug, but you really need to be close to it for the thing to work, IMO. (hey, do you live in a cold climate and could use a humidifier? Is this Hello Kitty humidifier not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? Awww. I love Hello Kitty).
Pick Your Over-the-Counter Poison — Whether it’s Theraflu, Nyquil, Sudafed, or Zicam, there’s someone who swears by “their” cold and flu medicine as the best one on the drugstore shelves. For me, it’s good ol’ Robitussin. Without the Nighttime cough and cold suppressant, I would have been hacking my lungs out all night long. Instead, I was sweetly put to bed at 8:30, and slept through till morning. I can’t take Dayquil or anything daytime, because it just totally zonks me out. So I only medicate at night.
Ugh, I hate being sick, bellas! I am way too busy to be sick. I’m behind on some major posts, and struggling to balance my workload on top of it all. But with the three steps listed above and lots of rest, I’m slowly emerging from my stuffy-headed funk. I’m off to sip some fresh-squeezed orange juice and get down to the things I need to do today.
What’s your never-fail cold and flu cure? Take care of yourselves this season, bellas and fellas – I don’t want any of you feeling like I’ve been feeling!