Except for the hat, the cartoon is a good likeness of me... I wear many layers, a scarf our daughter, Alyssa, knitted for me and (currently) have a blue-gray tint to me skin that brings out the gray in my hair. All this courtesy of Pennsylvania in February and the flu. I have tea in a mug, water in a glass and a heating blanket at the ready. I have throat lozenges in a variety of flavors at my fingertips, tissues, pillows and the remote control ready to do my bidding. The dog is banned from my lap and my phone is on silent. Sleep is welcome but will not come; however, its promise is there all the same. I made dinner this morning, somehow managed to get all the washing done and stashed in a back room. I cleaned most of my house. I use my own towels and contain my mess to something disposable. My headache is improved from this morning and so have the other aches throughout my body. I am winning a well-fought battle! The thrills of chills that come with the flu are coming to a happy end! Hooray!
For those of you out there either trying to not catch the flu or who have caught it here are a few tips:
1. HYDRATE. HYDRATE until you feel like you may drown! Oh yeah, HYDRATE even more! Drink electrolyte-type water so you don't throw your system off balance and become more weakened since you're probably not eating correctly. Drink broth if possible. (Happy Mom?)
2. Wash your hands and either air dry them or use some sort of towel like your jeans. DO NOT use those wretched air dryer things that are only good for causing deafness and hurling germs.
3. Move away from phlegm creates whenever possible.
4. See tip 1.
5. Bundle up Buttercup!
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