The flu season for the start of the year was the worst I’ve ever known and experienced. So many people catching the flu and a good number of people dying from the flu! Why is it so bad this year, who knows?
It was probably the worst cold I had ever experienced. By Sunday at 7 pm, I was exhausted, my head pounding and feeling it was about to explode. I’m pretty sure I was very dehydrated at this point. Thoroughly exhausted and irritable, I decided it was best for me to get some shut-eye. The sleep welcomed me and I drifted off into a deep slumber. In those 36 hours, I woke up four or five times to drink sips of water placed by my bed. My cell phone was off because I was not to be disturbed. My husband had already come down with the flu. My son was also not feeling well.
Now the weather:
The weather was as cold as it has never been before. The first weekend of January 2018, the temperature was in the single digits and the drop in temperature wasn’t gradual. We were experiencing extremely cold and brutal weather.
In a total of three and a half days, I was definitely feeling much better! I was also grateful I was able to get the much needed rest and time I needed to heal. I started off with 36 hours of rest drinking only 50 ounces of water with electrolytes along with 16 ounces of Gatorade. From that point my fever and headache was gone and I was started to recuperate. During the day, I had teas and the last of the bone broth. I went from coughing and sneezing most of the day to just blowing my nose at the end of the day. Finally, Wednesday morning, I had my appetite back and I could eat. When I woke from my last nap at 11:52 pm, I had all my strength back, After getting annoyed because the TV being left on all night, I was back to shutting of the television–a very strong indication that I was getting better. The TV being left on didn’t bother me while I was sick but when I started getting better–boy oh boy! I went back to sleep and sweated out, (I’m estimating), the remaining 10 percent of my cold. I took cough medicine twice about 12 hours apart during this time frame of getting well.
Tips on Speeding up the Healing Process:
By six o’clock that Thursday morning, I totally sweated out everything. I would stress the importance of getting as much rest as possible to help speed up your recovery. Getting as much rest as possible is crucial! Even if you’ve had the flu shots, you want to get well as quick as possible! So, it’s advisable to get as much rest as you can. The flu tends to dehydrate you and a study showed that those who drank water tend to recover quickly. Therefore, I wouldn’t underestimate the benefit of drinking water with electrolytes. I would also not rule out bone broth, any type of chicken or beef stock, and/or homemade chicken soup. Homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding up healing and the recuperation of an illness. You don’t have to take my words for this so I provide you links to two articles that you can read and use your own judgement. I would also consider Fire Cider! As a friend of my suggested it. I tried it at the tail end of my cold! I found it to be very effective!
Why Water Can Ward of Flu
Homemade Bone Broth for Healing, Including Fighting the Flu