Sunday was my 7th wedding anniversary, it should have been a wonderful day with a lovely dinner and a movie date that we get once maybe twice a year. Instead I was woken up with a massive swollen and sore throat, very odd for me because ever since I was 11 when my tonsils were removed I do not get sore throats. My ears hurt, I couldn’t talk or swallow without pain. My husband woke me up to get ready to drop off the kids at his parents so we could enjoy our day, I sat up and with every ounce of my being and holding my throat I said “can we not take them please!!” With the biggest pout I could manage. That apparently was not an option. Lol he got them dressed all by himself and woke me up 45 minutes later to tell me again to get up to drop off the kids. Nope wasn’t going to happen, I had absolutely no strength to even open my eyes let alone make it to the car. So for the first time in 7 years I stayed home while he dropped off my babies at his parents, while I was vomiting with no relief all the bile in my stomach. He returned an hour later soup in hand and laid with me all day and night until we picked up the babies, great husband not a complaint just a smile and sleep!
Along with the horrible symptoms, of whatever I ended up catching, times 10 I also had more fatigue than usual and a massive fibro and RA Flare up. My jaw doesn’t open and is inflamed and locked up, my hips will not let me sleep on either side, and anytime someone touches me I feel like my body is being burned alive. My back feels like my bones are breaking when I sit or walk. So all this on one day, having RA means a cold feels like the full blown flu and liquids and bedrest is what I have to endure for at least a week. It’s early Wednesday and my kids can’t sleep, my husband needs breakfast and has to get out of the house on time, once everyone is in bed and resting I can finally lay down. Of course with 3 ADHD littles that is short lived and I get about 2 hours before they are jumping up and down and ready for lessons and play time.
So I am on day 4 of my horrible cold and on the 4th lethal weapon with my hubby and having chili tonight for dinner. I have wonderful lessons to teach today about subtraction of triple digits, fractions, and reading Shakespeare with my littles, so today in the end of this post I am willing myself to be better with the help of tramadol, gabapentin, and redbull! Lots and lots of redbull!! Caffeine is not a trigger for me like it is for others. Sugar might be, but it’s even harder ok avoid sugar as its in everything even fruit. So like I said I WILL FEEL BETTER!!! I WILL NOT HURT TODAY!!!! I WILL HAVE AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF SPOONS!
So if that works I’ll let you know! I can recommend Arthritis Hot for a fibro flare that causes sore muscles (anything like burning or stabbing caused by fibro this will not work for them at least not for me). The Arthritis Hot relaxes my muscles enough to at least let me sleep a couple hours. I can also recommend lots of water and Gatorade and DO NOT miss your pain medication! Homemade chicken soup with bone broth and cilantro for vomiting(if it’s extreme I grew up with grandma making a tea from cilantro and that helps to stop the vomiting.) For my sore throat lemons with Chinese candy is my go to. As for cold symptoms like coughing and sneezing I have no recommendations because I do not take anything. I drink lots of boiled honey water with lemon while I’m sick and very rarely pick up Theraflu. When I’m sick I try to rest as much as possible and drink lots of Gatorade, water, and herbal teas my favorite being mint. I hope some of this can help anyone reading that suffers with a minor cold that feels like the flu. Good luck you guys and I am hoping my will power is stronger than my cold! Until next time…
“The pain you feel today, is the strength you have tomorrow!”
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and do not claim to be, please do not take any advice given as medical advice and always check with your doctor before changing medications or trying something new including herbal remedies.
This blog post is in no wat sponsored and I was not given anything free or to review. The items listed above are items from my personal medicine cabinet which I purchase with my own money and are my personal opinions about the product.