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Cold and Flu Season is Still Here


The joys of surviving the cold and flu season. Will I get sick? Do I need the flu shot? When is the best time for the flu shot? What are the flu symptoms again? Wait, my co-worker sounds like they might have the flu!

This year, the flu bug has been around, if not some sort of nasty virus or two. Luckily, we’ve dodged the flu bug, three times this season. Unluckily, my daughter has caught two viruses.

A while back I had posted about  Alka Seltzer vs Nyquil. I have only had the flu once and wouldn’t want to wish it on anyone. Maybe is was also due to having strep throat on top of the flu. Yes, I tested positive for both nastiness.

Ever since then, I have been trying to maintain a health lifestyle by eating healthier, exercising more. Being a single mom, and an autism mom at that, I tend to stay quite busy. My healthy eating habits are a hit and miss; depends on how full my schedule is. But, I do tend to meet my daily step quota, if not I overachieve it.

At times, it gets hard to keep up with everything when keeping a very busy schedule. Some things I’ve learned when it’s this time of year is to up my Vitamin-C intake, especially if I have to be surrounded by people who seemed to have a cold, and you pray it isn’t the flu and drink plenty of water … not too much.

I take Airborne if I know the flu bug is in the office or if I start to feel a bit sluggish, as if I am coming down with something myself, I take Emergen-C. They both come in different flavors.

Alka Selzer Cold still helps out, much better than Nyquil, lol! And I’ve learned to stock up on all of this stuff, as a just in case scenario, especially this year as bad as the flu has been.

Stock up on the Lysol and hand sanitizer and Kleenex, too!


Alka Seltzer is much better than Nyquil

This weekend both, my daughter and I were really sick with head colds. My head felt like it was going to explode from the headache and sinus pressure I was having, then every bit of my body ached. yesterday morning I went to the store and picked up some Alka Seltzer for colds. As soon as I got home I took the Alka Seltzer and both my daughter and I slept the rest of the day. It didn’t leave me feeling groggy the following day like Nyquil does.

I did get up for a few minutes to work on a little homework, then went back to bed. Little miss didn’t get up until early AM, but went back to bed. I’m feeling much better this morning, the sinus pressure, headache, and body aches are now gone…Thank goodness! Little miss still has a slight cough, but not as bad as it was this weekend. Both, she and I went on to school today. Definitely recommend taking any of the Alka Seltzer cold meds.

We are still due to get some more cold weather, even after having a nice warm weekend. Wishing everyone well and stay warm!

No more NyQuil for me

The change of weather also brings colds and possibly the flu. I’ve actually had the flu once in my life…thank goodness. If you’ve ever had it, you wish to never get it again. Everyone around me had started showing signs of head colds. Their constant coughing and sneezing and wiping their noses with tissues. I myself had skipped the sneezing, stuffiness, runny nose, and went straight to coughing. I didn’t have any warnings of an oncoming cold. I had coughed so much for two days that my back was hurting. When I got home I immediately laid on a heating pad. My throat felt like I took a wire brush to it.

Normally I drink tea or take vitamins or try whatever I can, med free, to get rid of my cold. The reason why I choose med free is that most cold meds that I need to take has acetaminophen in them. Well, I cannot take anything with acetaminophen in them as I take two different prescribe medications for migraines.

Last night I chose to skip my migraine meds and took a cold medicine. I needed relief and fast. I wanted to stop coughing. I went through half a bag of cough drops within a whole day. Sadly those cough drops didn’t find me any relief. So, last night I took NyQuil. I still woke up coughing during the middle of the night. I also woke up feel so drowsy from the after effects, that all I wanted to do was go back to bed and sleep the day away.

I was lucky to not have class today, though that didn’t mean I wouldn’t have homework; there’s always homework to do when you’re in college. I dropped my daughter off at daycare and came back home, only to stare at the computer screen. I found myself crawling back into bed for a few more hours of sleep.

It’s three in the afternoon and I’m still feeling the drowsy effects. It wasn’t like a drank a bottle of NyQuil because it was in pill form. It said to take two pills…this was around 8 o’clock last night when I took them. All I can think right now is ‘thank goodness it’s Friday!’ and I can catch up with the rest of my homework tomorrow.