Like many of you, I have succumb to The Great Flu of 2013. You might have guessed from my lack of posting, that something serious has happened. Thankfully I will survive… at least that’s what they’re telling me. For now it doesn’t feel like it. To be honest, I’m not very good at being sick.
The last time I was sick was the fall of 2011. Seriously. I had a cold while traveling over Thanksgiving to Pennsylvania and then to New York City. It was uncomfortable, but the adrenaline of being in New York sustained me. This time at least I’m home, but the symptoms are a lot more severe and there are less distractions.
Because I don’t get sick very often I honestly forget how much it totally sucks. I become a big baby and whine the whole time. M has been working the past few days, which means I don’t have any one to complain to. This has actually helped me figure out how to keep myself comfortable while still feeling like shit.
I’ve come up with 5 tips to keep you saine while suffering “the flu”:
1. Mandarins. One of the only fruits M will eat, I try to keep mandarins or clementines in the house at all times. Last night he peeled me a few, and man did they taste good. Cold and juicy and sweet, and easy on my sore throat. Plus they happened to be packed full of vitamin C which is just what my poor imune system needs right now.
2. Downton Abbey. I got myself caught up today. The episodes were sad (Cybil! OMG!) but they did help distract me from my misery. If you have a favorite show you need to get caught up on, or if you’ve been wanting to start a new show, now’s your chance!
3. Bed Buddies. Dice has been such a comfort to me. Animals seem to sense when we’re not feeling well, and are always there just to hang out and offer support in their own special way. He has been by my side ever since I landed in bed. If you don’t have a real live animal, cozy up with a stuffed one!
4. Horizontal. Seriously guys, it’s ok. I haven’t gotten up to do anything except go to the bathroom and refill my water glass. Sometimes I feel guilty that Dice hasn’t been fed or that the lights aren’t on when M gets home. By all means if you can manage it, do it. But even walking 30 feet to the bathroom makes my head spin. Those guys are on their own.
5. Silly Pictures. M’s mom sent me an old photo of M doing something weird, and it totally made my day. Of course laughing sent me into a coughing fit and then I needed to rest for 20 minutes, but it was worth it. Cheer yourself up with simple things. Maybe it’s flowers on your nightstand, or looking through old photos.
I’m curious to know if anything else has worked for you? I know everyone has had this beast of a flu. What comforted you?
And with that, I’ve worn myself out again. Please forgive the sporadic posting until this thing turns around.