Letter from the Editor: How to Weather the Cold and Flu Like a Pro
As a kid, I used to relish getting sick.
It usually meant skipping school and spending a day with my mom, who would lovingly make me chicken soup, rub my chest with Vicks Vaporub, and put a gentle hand on my feverish forehead every now and then while I watched my favorite cartoons.
If I was losing fluids, I’d get a bottle of Pedialyte sporting the familiar, cuddly-looking teddy bear. Mixed fruit was my favorite flavor — even to this day, the taste gives me warm and fuzzy feelings.
In other words, sick days meant I got a lot of love.
Now, they often bowl me over.
A foggy brain, a stuffy nose, and a slightly raised temperature mean I’m down for the count.
Sometimes I can barely even muster the energy and attention to watch TV. Instead, I hover somewhere between a state of groggy awareness and actual sleep.
When my kiddo’s involved, it’s even worse. If we happen to be sick at the same time, just keeping us fed and hydrated is a feat in itself.
We usually end up living on rice, toast, oatmeal, and other one-pot, two-button food staples. Thanks, InstantPot.
While nothing quite measures up to getting mom’s unconditional, loving care, here are my tips for surviving the cold and flu — whether it’s just you, your littles too, or the entire family.
I especially enjoy diffusing these through a humidifier if I’m congested, and so does my kiddo.
One upside of the whole fam being sick is you don’t need to worry about spreading germs amongst each other. A good cuddle can do wonders for soothing aches, pains, and sick-day blues.
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