When I first began to feel sick a few weeks ago, I immediately took some natural turmeric and elderberry products, which had worked wonders in the past, immediately ending any feeling of sickness.
Nothing worked this time. The flu hit full force.
In the middle of prepping for a twelve-hour drive. The week we were to leave for a three-month trip.
My first thought was to stay behind, recover, then join a certain someone on the road once I felt better. I tend to think like that.
He was having none of that. And, of course, he was right.
Because it's taken me three weeks to recover from this flu. So that would have been a pretty miserable chunk of time alone. I'm not sure I would have had the energy to get myself medicine, let alone food, during that time.
So what have I learned about how to travel with the flu?
STOP, DROP, AND ROLL
I still had 432 things left to do, to prepare for this trip, when the flu hit. They didn't get done.
All I could do was stop and toss those 432 things (dirty laundry, clean laundry, phone calls, emails, bills, tax paperwork, bathroom supplies, kitchen supplies, etc.) into bags, so a knight in shining armor could haul them over the water and up to the auto, allowing me to tackle them weeks later, down the road.
Then I dropped (into bed, later into the front seat)...and rolled myself up in warmth (blankets, jackets, and a lap).
KEEP A LIST OF HEALTHY STEPS TO TAKE, AND A LIST OF HEALTHY PRODUCTS TO TAKE, FOR WHEN THE FLU HITS
After my natural attempts to prevent the flu were not successful, I resorted to over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Because I was too sick to think.
Advil helped briefly. Tylenol helped briefly. Cough medicine didn't help unless I took a lot of it (the coughing was horrific), at which point it was illegal consumption. But none of this seemed to help me get better, as my body seemed to feel worse, in new ways, after taking these.
In addition, this flu made it so hard for me to sleep that a certain someone was also kept up every night (from my tossing, turning, aching, coughing, not being able to breath). For weeks. At exactly the precise time he needed the most sleep.
I felt guilty. He was worried I was dying.
So I will now go and research the latest science at NutritionFacts.org, as well as consult with a Naturopathic Doctor, a Chinese Medicine MD, and an Ayurvedic Medicine practitioner, to put together a list of healthy steps to take, and a list of healthy products to take, for when the flu hits in the future (because the OTC stuff did not work!).
I'm so excited to tackle this project!
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, IT SEEMS HONEY IN HOT WATER MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER
After remembering the wise words of a certain someone's mother, I came across a piece of research that said honey in hot water could help with coughing better than anything else. It was just one study, though, so I don't know if it's proven true.
Nonetheless, when a mom suggests things, we figure we should listen. So we purchased a small container of the most local honey we could find, at a natural food store, to see what would happen.
It either worked better than everything else I'd tried, or it made me think it worked better than everything else I'd tried (thank goodness placebos can be legitimate medicine). It was a welcome step in the right direction.
OLBAS COUGH SYRUP AND OLBAS LOZENGES
While at that healthy food store purchasing the local honey, we also grabbed Olbas Cough Syrup and found it potent. It was a dose of nature's power that kept any remaining coughing productive. I didn't need much of this, and only used it for a few days, as I could tell it had done its work.
Then, oh my goodness, Olbas Lozenges were my favorite flu helper of all. Silky smooth. Menthol. Brilliant. Relief. These worked immediately, and without sugar. I can't recommend these enough. This is what finally allowed me to stop coughing, at first briefly, then for good. If I felt a little tickle, I just popped one of these in and problem solved.
I'm so grateful for the little health food store that carried these!
SOFT TISSUES and OINTMENT
I don't know if the tissues I bought were eco (or full of chemicals), but tissues with natural softening agents in them would be ideal, because a sick body is draining fluids. I think I went through five boxes.
Also, applying natural ointment (at night) to the skin around the nose helped keep the skin from being irritated. Because there's just no need for our body to become any worse off than it already is.
I've had such great and immediate luck with Hyland's Homeopathic products in the past, for asthma and allergic reactions, that I can't believe I've never thought to try their other products.
Like their flu products.
I have no idea if they work, but I've never been let down by Hyland's yet, so I'll certainly be investigating this product line of theirs for future possible use, too.
LET SOMEONE LOVE YOU
I can't begin to express how healing it is to let someone love you.
Someone who wants to be by your side, to make you feel better. Someone who wants to hold and massage your aching, feverish body into health. Someone who wants nothing more than to find a way to take away all your pain.
As guilty as I felt that I was keeping this very caring person awake at night, I knew I would hurt his feelings if I tried to do what I tend to do: head off to some corner of the earth, to heal on my own.
Let someone love you through the flu.