A tough week battling the flu provided lots of opportunities for me to learn a thing or two about myself. In the past, I’d rarely shared with others that I was sick. I usually suffered
through on my own, maybe sharing with one or two people but selectively if at all.
This time I was glad that I had let quite a few people know that I was sick. Turns out, I needed them and was grateful for their support.
Lesson #9 CHECK EXPIRATION DATES
2 Advil do nothing to relieve severe headache and fever pain..........when the meds expired in early 2009.
Lesson #8 DESPERATION CAN REVEAL CREATIVE, even if ineffective SOLUTIONS
I tried everything from frozen peas (organic from Austria no less:) on my head, to rubbing fresh pineapple on my forehead, to ice cubes rubbed on my neck to alleviate the pain. I taped a Tefla pad over a paste made of ginger and turmeric powders mixed with warm water on my forehead overnight too.
Each of these helped a bit and gave me short periods of lessened pain.
Lesson #7 CHECK EXPIRATION DATES
In my ginger/turmeric paste making, I discovered more than half of my spices were also expired. Eeeesh.
Lesson #6 A LITTLE BETTER DOES NOT MEAN GREEN LIGHT - GO
On the third morning, after my body stopped expelling food, I felt a little better.
In my determined and 'I Can Push Through It' way, I managed to make myself worse due to the activities I started doing during the morning. Too much and too soon
Lesson #5 REPEAT - A LITTLE BETTER DOES NOT MEAN GREEN LIGHT - GO
Nope, I didn’t learn from the prior morning, and instead I justified that I was doing different activities so it would be ok. I pushed ahead only to make myself worse again by afternoon.
Lesson #4 WATER & TEA ARE NOT ENOUGH TO REHYDRATE following flu symptoms of vomiting, fever and diarrhea…………keep a bottle of Gatorade or two on hand or use following homemade recipe that I used thanks to my son in law. It was a lifesaver for sure.
1 liter water (5 cups)
6 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Drink 3 liters within 24 hours.
Only one day of this solution should be necessary.
Lesson #3 LETTING OTHERS KNOW WHEN YOU ARE SICK IS REALLY OK, PROVIDES LOVING SUPPORT AND IS SAFER TOO
I’m so glad that I had texted my kids and some friends about being sick. I would have likely ended up in the hospital with dehydration if I hadn't. Their love helped too.
Lesson #2 CHOOSING HEALTH OVER A PARTY IS NOT EASY
I had been looking forward to a friend’s birthday party on Saturday night for weeks. I like getting dressed up and dancing and having a good time as much as anyone does.
I chose to sit this party out, and it wasn't easy for me to do. (watch for blog about this topic coming soon)
Lesson #1 ALLOWING OTHERS TO HELP YOU IS LOVING YOURSELF AND LOVING THEM
I had offers of help, even in the sub zero temps we were having in Chicago.
A dear friend braved the frigid temperatures to go to the store. She bought me the fruits, oatmeal and soup that I needed to build some strength once I was rehydrated. Plus she added lovely tulips to bring a bit of a smile to my weary face and warm my spirit.
And to think I almost didn’t let her. (another blog topic I think:)
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