Arming for Cold and Flu Season

Ok, so I was a little late in planning for a bronchitis event.

Little did I know that riding four hours in a closed car with my sister would expose me to a horrific cold and flu. One of our most beloved cousins passed away and our presence was needed at the funeral so into the car we went driving two plus hours each way to attend her service.

My sister had been “doctoring” for a cold but I didn’t think she was still contagious after five days but I guess I was mistaken because on the way home, I began to feel that I had been exposed to something untoward. Advil, Vitamin C, D3, zinc and quercetin helped but I couldn’t shake the aches I was experiencing.

This wasn’t the first time I felt these unusual sensations of illness coming. Avoiding crowds, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants even in the summer have kept me free of “germs” and other unexpected pathogens. I thought I was totally prepared to battle bronchitis.

I wasn’t expecting to be sick for two plus weeks! Thank goodness for Puffs, Earl Grey Tea, homemade chicken noodle soup and iced water because those were so helpful in aiding my recovery.

One of my sons suggested using a neti pot to clear my sinuses. He videotaped its use but I’ve yet to try an irrigation device. Having a neti pot on hand is probably a good idea. I ordered a nebulizer but it has yet to arrive.

I’ve had all sorts of great advice from you, our customers! Oregano oil, Eucalyptus oil, Wintergreen oil, pineapple, kiwi and lots of naps were just a few of the suggestions that came over via email. Eating fresh fruit did seem to perk me up.

Bottom line:  if you aren’t feeling up to par, stay home, drink plenty of fluids and use essential oils for those achy muscles.