Although it’s been warm for December, germs are still making their way around.
On Sunday, I could feel a tickle in my throat start to form. I thought it was nothing, but as the night went on, my tonsils swelled and it became harder and harder to swallow and breathe.
The next morning at the doctor’s office, the strep test came back negative, which is a good thing. However I had a virus and viruses don’t respond to medicine.
The day before I was talking to a friend about how people around me were getting sick and how I was able to stay clear of their germs. Unfortunately, I think I jinxed myself.
Thanks to my personal delivery service, aka my parents, eating chicken noodle soup and a chocolate shake helped me get through the day, as well as cough drops and throat serum.
Other things I like to do when I’m sick are take hot baths, sip warm tea, coffee and watch reruns of my favorite shows.
When I was a kid, the best shows to watch when sick were “The Andy Griffith Show,” (RIP Gomer), “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “The Price Is Right,” (with Bob Barker as the host) and “Sister, Sister.”
If I was sick with a sore throat, which I usually was, I would still try to whistle along with the opening theme of the “Andy Griffith Show.”
We had reruns of “I Love Lucy” and “Bewitched” on DVD, so after those shows I previously mentioned were over, I would put on an episode of Lucy or Samantha. I really could’ve used some “vitameatavegamin” Sunday night.
I would eat chicken noodle soup, soda, a strawberry smoothie and orange juice to help feel better. For some reason, I crave orange juice when I’m sick. Is that just me?
When I would get the flu or a really bad cold, the worst was trying to sleep with a stopped-up nose and an ongoing cough. To help with breathing, Vicks Vapor Rub worked wonders.
I would put globs of Vicks on my neck and around my nose and it helped a lot. I don’t like putting Vicks on because I can never get it off my hands and the smell is terrible.
Hopefully, I won’t get the flu or anything else this germ-filled season. I don’t want to jinx myself again.
To keep from getting sick, I recommend wash hands more frequently, use disinfecting wipes on everyday objects, drink lots of liquids (especially orange juice) and eat lots of Cold-EEZE drops that my mom swears by.