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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!


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.

A cold is coming

I knew my daughter would catch a cold from daycare, but when. After three days I go to pick her up and her nose is running and she feels warm. I didn’t know she would get sick so soon. After three days of taking care of her, I begin to feel symptoms of a head cold coming. I’m already drinking tea, but start taking air borne, a effervescent vitamin packed with all the necessary things to boost my immune system. I feel it may be too late though. I’m already sneezing like crazy and had to open a brand new box of tissues. On the positive side, it’s the weekend. On the not so positive side, I may have some homework starting tomorrow.