It’s in all the papers, and is the topic of choice on many newscasts. H1N1 has hit the streets! I think I might have had it last weekend. Yech. It’s a doozy, and you need to know you’ll be flat out for a while, even after the nasty symptoms (fever, aches, migraines, vomiting, chills, sinus congestion, etc.) are gone. It’s taking me a while to get my energy back, and I’m finding I have to really scale back my activities to allow my body to regain it’s normal state. I got walking on Monday again, finally, after a “longer than a week” break, felt great, and then had a relapse in health, and am back resting again. I can’t believe how “fragile” this is making me!
So, what are you going to do?
Now, I’m no doctor, nor am I a medical person of any kind. However, here are some of the things I’ve learned in the past that seemed to work for me quite well when I had the flu last week:
- Don’t rush to the Doctor unless you’re in the “high risk zone” or unless you exhibit these symptoms. They’re overworked already with all of this, and as it’s viral, they can’t help you much, anyway. This is not something you help with antibiotics. You’ll also be spreading your germs to everyone in the waiting room who DOESN’T yet have this. Just stay home and go to bed!
- Don’t jump too quickly to the Tylenol and Dristan. Give your body a chance to fight. If we nix the fever right away our body doesn’t develop good immunity to the disease. Don’t let it get out of control, but if it’s just a little high, let your body do the work.
- Turn to some good old fashioned remedies that, again, help the body’s immune system fight for itself, like drinking lots of water and homemade lemon/honey tea, getting as much sleep as possible, and inhalations. Check out Aromathyme‘s suggestions, like this one: Ravansara, Eucalyptus Radiata and Tea Tree help fight viral infections and support the immune system. Place 3 drops on a tissue and inhale, pause and inhale again.
- If you’re going to eat (and I found that food was really not something I wanted!) go for some of these suggestions for best results: Eat to Beat a Cold Fight off the sniffles by giving your immune system a boost By Jasmine Li
- Rest until you’re done. Take a little more time off than usual, and make sure you’re really well when you head back in. Yesterday I felt awful simply because I tried to regain my normal schedule a little too soon. It’s back to “jammie days” here for the next little while.
And please, stay home. No one wants your germs! You’ll get over it quicker if you pamper yourself than if you try and play superman.
Best of luck!
(PS – I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that as a non-medical person this post is NOT to be taken as medical advice. It’s just my own experience. Hopefully it’s helpful. If I’m out of line here, please do post below and let us all know “the facts”. Thanks)
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