So, it’s true, I got the flu but kicked it in 5 days. To be honest, I didn’t even know it was the flu. I heard many times from my friends and colleagues that this year's flu is lingering, tough to beat, and taking longer then usual to recover from. I didn't really believe it until now...
I was away for an event last weekend, and on Monday I started to feel run down. Left the office early to rest, relax, and take my usual immune boosting support. Tuesday, I woke up with a head cold but had an early 7am meeting that I couldn’t miss where I was presenting. Took a new phone consult and rested as best as I could but was very restless. Thank goodness for snow Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning which had patients reschedule Wednesday which gave me another day to rest. Unable to get warm – I was wearing fleece lined leggings, a long sleeved shirt, hoodie, and an enormously thick, heavy robe. Wednesday night I slept from 6:30pm-2am waking often because of how much my throat hurt and after asking my husband to cover me with 3 more blankets, woke up in the middle of the night sweating (fever broke). Thursday felt so much better, but then the coughing started. After speaking with my dear friends and colleagues, they said, “Nina you have the flu.” I said, "What? I don’t know what I have, this lingering sore throat sure is odd, the fact that I can’t get warm, this low-grade fever is not going away, my hips and legs are so achey and painful…oh, wait, yes, I have the flu." Friday, I started an amazing homeopathic concoction of remedies and watched every movie I ever loved and stayed in bed.
Rest – REST is what was missing from the equation. Sure, I was home, but I was still answering emails, doing phone consultations, working from home when I should have been resting.
Here’s what I did and and may help to get over the flu quickly:
- Go see your naturopathic doctor or book an appointment with a doctor ASAP
- Get plenty of rest – lay in bed, yes, just lay there, without a phone if possible and maybe an iPad or a good book. This goes without saying but stay home from work, be mindful of this. Your co-workers thank you for keeping your germs to yourself in advance ;)
- Drink plenty of fluids – water, carrot juice, green juice. I barely ate for the past 5 days and, if I did, it was one of my favorite Filipino dishes, Arroz Caldo, that my mom used to make me when I was sick (chicken and rice, I only ate the rice because it was soupy and easy to digest). This allowed my energy to go where the healing was needed the most and not to digesting food.
- EHB by Integrative Therapeutics (this has anti-microbial herbs and high dose of Vitamin A) – Vitamin A is a strong anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, antioxidant
- Bronchial Wellness by Gaia
- Homeopathy – the game changer. I had a dear friend and colleague on speed dial all week updating her on my symptoms, asking what I should switch to, etc. Thanks Dr. Ashley Whittemore!
- Hydrotherapy – warm shower/bath followed by a small, cold wet towel applied to my chest and then wrapped myself in a soft, warm robe for 20 minutes
- Steam inhalations – next favorite – eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils during my hot showers
- Sanitize everything – spray down door knobs, computers, phones, remotes, and bathroom once you’re feeling better. Wash your sheets in hot water and let some fresh air into your home.
- WASH YOUR HANDS often – this goes without saying but constantly wash your hands well with soap and water – sing the Happy Birthday song to make sure you’re washing your hands for at least 30 seconds
Now go kick the flu - your amazing immune system is in control!