Friday, July 6, 2012

How To Make the Most of Your Summer Cold

I sound like Mussolini, the downside of course is that being this ill means I can't make anything run on time. Instead I feel like I got hit by a train. An entire wasted week wasn't in my plans for July but here's how to make the most of it should it happen to you.

Catch up on your reading. This is easier said than done when your head is pounding and foggy. When you are feverish and your eyes ache it's time for a nap.

Catch up on your sleep: Take a lesson from the cat. There's no need to stay awake.

Catch up on your television watching: Since my illness coincided the 4th of July I opted for the HBO series John Adams. It felt less as if I was wasting my time than say, a James Bond movie marathon. Not that that would ever be a complete waste of time...

Catch up on your smoothie skills: A staple around here is a smoothie made from frozen bananas, vanilla, and coconut milk. It is what to do with those bananas that no one wants to eat because they look bad. Chop them up and freeze them. They take on the texture of ice cream when blended with the other ingredients. I also always keep other kinds of frozen fruit on hand to add. Add yogurt, whey protein, powdered vitamin C, flax seed oil, or coconut oil, to make it an even healthier substitute for food that is just too painful to swallow when your throat is really sore.

Other than that, there's not much you can do. If your symptoms go on too long however, it may be time to try something new in the form of health care.  Instead of the dreaded trip to my regular doctor which generally includes a two hour wait, I headed to my neighborhood Kroger to try out The Little Clinic. I waited about 5 minutes. The clinic operates on a first come, first serve basis. The nurse practitioner I saw was thorough and professional. I'd definitely return for any minor health care needs. If you get your prescriptions filled at the pharmacy it is even more convenient. An added bonus was that I was in the grocery store and able to pick up a few things I needed to get me through the next couple of days. The fewer stops when the temps are in triple digits, the better.

One other thing I'm catching up on is thankfulness for the wonder of air conditioning. How miserable would I have been all week without it! And antibiotics, since my cold turned out to something a bit worse. And the magic of refrigeration. And the delight of a little thing called ice cream.

Okay, and an excuse not to weed the garden. Shh...we'll keep that one just between us.

While I was posting this a nurse called from The Little Clinic to check on me and remind me to change my toothbrush in 2 days. When has my regular doctor's office done that?

Oh, yeah.


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