Blog Post #181
Ugh! I’m sick. Racking cough, constant sneezing, burning throat, itchy eyes, throbbing head and achy body. Yep, it’s a full blown case of a cold with flu. Wahhhhh!!
Like you, I hate to be sick. I try to keep the whining, groaning and moaning to a minimum — usually I try to vent it when no one else is around and only to the cats. They don’t seem to care if I complain — they love any kind of conversation that they can get. I think they secretly like it when I am sick because it means that I sit on the couch more thereby making my lap available for longer.
I’m not a doctor (obviously), and I know that you can’t cure a cold, but I have certain remedies and comforts that I swear by when I am feeling under the weather. I try to stay away from over-the-counter medications, except for ibuprofen. They usually don’t help me much and some of them make me feel groggy and out of sorts.
Instead, I fall back on drinking plenty of fluids (water (by the jugful), and tea (mainly herbal), and a couple of cups of coffee), ibuprofen for sore muscles and headache, and sleep — HOURS of sleep!
The non-medicinal treatments that I use and find effective are easy and distracting for when I’m awake but feeling awful — sick, drained and cranky. These non-clinical, self-prescribed cures include: ensconcing myself comfortably on the couch, propped up with soft pillows, wrapped in warm blankets, a pile of books within easy reach, the TV remote by my side and Netflix loaded with my playlist ready to go. A pot of herbal tea or a steaming mug of my mom’s honey/lemon/ginger tea* to ease my symptons, a new box of tissues and some sort of junk food (sweet, salty — whatever, as long as it is handy)
Really, the only other thing I could wish for is a robot to fetch me delicious bowls of chicken soup when I feel hungry…
My mom always made me that special hot lemon tea when I was sick. Soothing and delicious, steaming hot, spicy, and lemony. And it still helps me feel better — try it yourself, the next time you feel a nasty cold coming on.
*Honey, Lemon, Ginger Cold Remedy
A piece of fresh ginger (about 1 inch long)
Grate the ginger with a fine grater into a tea pot. You can peel the ginger if you like, but it isn’t necessary
Pour one cup of boiling water over the ginger and let it sit for 3 or 4 minutes. Or longer if you like a spicier flavour. While the ginger is steeping, juice the lemon into a large mug and add one tablespoon of honey. Strain the ginger tea into the mug, stir and sip. Adjust the lemon and honey to your preference.