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For Better Or Worse - I'm Back!

Monday, March 25, 2013

I have had a lot of friends request that I write a blog as they remind me that I haven't written one since November. I apologize for the lengthy wait. Actually I had intentions of writing blogs more frequently but I have no intention of writing one every day again. I know that many people write daily blogs for different reasons - they want the sparkpoints or want to keep themselves motivated or they enjoy it. Those reasons don't apply to me. LOL. For me, writing a blog is not worth the points because I have crossed the 200,000 points threshold. Besides, I give away the spark points almost as soon as I get them. Unfortunately, blogging every day doesn't motivate me to stay on plan. I can obviously talk the talk and not walk the walk. LOL. And, I am past the point of being entertained by my own thoughts. To be honest, my main reason for not blogging every day is that one needs something interesting or different to make writing a daily blog worth your readers effort to read it and I haven't been inspired for a while so I will probably write when I have something I really want to say. I'm writing this one because a close friend of mine who has had a horrible year is looking forward to reading something/anything from me. Plus, another friend is sick and needs some advice. You know who you are.

This first blog will be about being sick as most of my close friends know I have really had my butt kicked again and are curious as to what happened. It's not a fun, glamorous blog but it is where I'm at now.

What happened? Well, stress happened. Stress is my Achilles tendon. It always has preceded any lengthy, intense, acute illness I have ever had. I knew I would end up sick when the end of my MIL's estate started to draw near. Is the estate/trust settled yet? No, but it is in the final stages as we sold my MIL's house finally on January 14. It was quite a relief. We no longer have to drive the 58 miles there every week to take care of the place. No cleaning, grass mowing, repairs, etc. We are waiting for two checks to come in and for hubby to sell the car and cancel the insurance, get that money back, and deposit the final check. I'm pushing the geezer but he's stubborn. My SAD is in full swing so hopefully he will get this done to before I morph into Lizzie Borden.

Any Stephen King fans? "Captain Trips" started here on January 23. As usual the portal to illness in our home came in the form of my son. He had the day off and when he got out of bed, he told me he was nauseated. He couldn't eat his breakfast and returned to bed. Soon he started throwing up violently and did so for 14 hours straight. The doctor said norovirus. I was busy bleaching everything in sight, trying to prevent the spread of germs, but I also knew I was around during his incubation period and was probably already exposed. The doctor agreed. I decided to go on a variation of the BRAT diet as it was obvious my son was going to be on it. Even though Ian went back to work the next day, the poor kid was nauseated for days after the puking episode and lived on plain rice and dry toast for almost a week. The day after Ian's puke fest, the 24th, I was certain I had the norovirus too. I was nauseated but determined to avoid the puking if possible so I ate small amounts of the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet. It is not the best thing for me health-wise but it achieved my goal and I didn't throw up. I was on the downhill slide anyway. I got the abdominal discomfort and the diarrhea. Soon after, I developed an upper respiratory infection, which rapidly proceeded to sinusitis, an ear infection, asthmatic bronchitis, and last, pneumonia. My husband and son got some URI problems but they didn't end up nearly as sick as I did. By the time I broke down and went to the doctor a week after this started, I was a total mess - barely able to eat, getting little sleep, etc. My inhaler was just not cutting it. I had severe wheezing and exertional dyspnea. Fever. The doctor did the usual tests and put me on breathing treatments 6 times a day (or more if needed), prednisone, and an antibiotic. I didn't want the latter but it is protocol. Have you ever had 6 breathing treatments a day??? I didn't tolerate the meds at all and had to cut back on them as needed due to the "blow the top of your head off" headaches and shaking, which for me was like convulsions. The doctor wanted me to eat yogurt but I couldn't tolerate any milk products at all. I ate so much chicken broth that I gag hearing the words now. I ate crackers, chicken soup, tea, ginger-ale, noodles, Popsicles, potatoes, juice, etc. I switched to probiotics in pill form but, admittedly, didn't know much about them and just bought some cheap ones from Kroger. Within a week, when I was supposed to go back to him, I had developed anorexia, severe nausea, stress incontinence, and serious diarrhea. He told me to take one more day of antibiotics and then stop. I had already finished the prednisone. After talking to some sparkfriends I decided to go to GNC and look for some products they recommended. Some were convinced that many of my problems were related to gut and immunity problems. The manager could relate and said I would need really strong probiotics to get my immune system going, not the wimpy stuff many places sell. They supplements were expensive but my family and I were eager for me to get any relief. I started them and they really helped almost immediately. I got rid of the nausea but a week later, by my next checkup, I had a lot of throat problems. It looked like thrush and I still think I had it but I treated it before I went so it was not apparent. He said I had developed herpes of the mouth and throat though. No real difference in treatment - I really didn't want any more meds anyway. They are poison to my system. He said it would be 6- 8 weeks for me to get better. A lot of people with this start to feel better and relapse. The thought of it still freaks me out. I decided my best bet was to continue to work on boosting my immune system, healing my lungs, and getting and keeping my gut flora stabilized and that is what I have been working on. I started tapping some of my really smart sparkfriends for advice and used what I already knew in addition to their advice.

Things that help - for adult only

1. Airborne or the generic equivalent - I'm still taking a dose a day. I have been using this for years. Sometimes this gets rid of a cold if I take it at the first sign I am getting sick. It works for my husband as well. It does not work for my son. Some studies say it doesn't work at all. Don't believe them. Find out for yourself.
2. Vitamin C - I'm still taking it. Some experts say it doesn't work. Others say it does in high doses. It can cause diarrhea so you have to keep your intake below that amount. My dad take 1000 to 2000mg every day. He swears by it. He in his 80s has not had a cold in decades. So another reason to do your own research.
3. Extra Vitamin D - I'm still taking it plus my usual daily women's vitamin for women over 50. I have SAD right now so I need it.
4. Breath Easy Tea - this works really well for me when I am wheezing and have that panicky "I can't breath" feeling.
5. Ginger Tea - I'm still using this off and on too. This stuff really helps. When I was so sick at my stomach I thought I could never eat again I would sip on this all day and it would ease my nausea. Still does. I'm not in love with the taste but it is worth it.
6. Honey - I often combine #5, #6, #7, and #8 in different ways. Honey is antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, has vitamins and minerals, helps a cough, sore throat, congestion, upset stomach, asthma, digestion, immunity. I made my husband a paste of honey and cinnamon for his sort throat and it was gone for good after one dose.
7. Lemon - has vitamin c and is a natural diuretic that helps flush out the toxins
8. Cinnamon - antioxidant, antimalarial anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, helps arthritis, blood sugar, diabetes, colon health, heart health, etc.
9. Zinc - I take it at the first sign of a throat tickle or anything returning. This works!
10. Saline Nasal Spray - helps stuffy nose or post nasal drip
11. Horehound Candy - weird but this helps a sore throat if you don't need cough control.
12. Vick's Salve - for nasal congestion
13. Probiotics - for stomach/intestinal problems. I will be on this for a while.
14. Good Belly Juice - in the evening with supper for stomach/intestinal problems
15. Altoids - yep, they help too. The peppermint ones help my breathing.
16. Drinking lots of fluids - helps everything
17. Chicken soup - ditto
18. Brushing my teeth a lot - gets rid of lingering germs. toss the toothbrush frequently.
19. Assorted cough drops - for sore throat PLUS cough
20. Peroxide ear irrigation - When my son had chronic otitis media he had a chronic cough that drove us crazy. The doctor could not do anything about it but she worked with us to try different things. We discovered that a combination of this and #21 and acetaminophen got rid of the cough every time.
21. Medicated eye drops and ear drops
22. Acetaminophen or motrin.
23. Salt water gargles - help with sore throat or think mucous
24. Vaporizer - still using
25. Expectorant and/or antihistamine. Use sparingly for a day or two only if you have a lot of nasal mucous. I used one fourth dose of the expectorant once. Helped the thick mucous but made me super nauseated. My hubby used one partial dose of the antihistamine and was better.

The doctor was right. You can treat the symptoms but it takes 8 weeks to get over this. Most people I know who have had this are still not back to normal. My MIL's best friend, who never gets sick, had pneumonia in November and got it again about the same time I did and she is in the same stage of recovery as I am. We still have lingering symptoms that come and go like wheezing, post nasal drip, ear congestion, a productive cough, stuffed up nose, etc. I'm doing what I can to strengthen my immune system.

I'm completely out of shape now and feel fat as a tick, partly from the prednisone and antibiotics which completely destroyed my gut flora and partly from poor eating habits while sick. I am also emotionally labile, which could be the prednisone or the SAD but it seems to get better when the sun comes out and I can get outside so I tend to think the latter. Winter is usually over here by now and isn't. The doctor says don't push myself so I am concentrating on getting my exercise back up to where it should be. I haven't been able to get my 15,000 steps in for a long time but recently I have. I am working on the diet slowly. The 3 of us all need to lose weight. I'm not worried a lot about the weight as it will come off when I get back to exercising and eating better but I hate starting over. I just take it a day at a time. One step in front of the other.
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OPALMOON 9/11/2013 2:33AM

    Hi Tish,
So sorry to hear you have been through so much! I do hope you see some improvement and are feeling much better. Sorry I'm only just reading your blog now. I've been out of action pretty much all year (since mid February) and it doesn't look like that will change in a hurry. I too had posted a blog because a few people requested some news in the earlier part of the year, but haven't since, as all I can really write is a repeat of being in daily pain.
In any case, please know I am thinking of you and sending warm thoughts your way.

Hugs, Nattacia

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NANA-B-FITZ 8/23/2013 9:25PM

    Wow!! Wow!! Wow What a time you had. Boy you have really had a rough go of it. Glad to hear you are a bit better.
Thank you for posting. I found your information interesting and useful.
I have COPD , so I am no stranger to breathing treatments, inhalers and prednisone. I can relate to the side effects and what you went though.
I love Airborne, I take it at the first sign of a cold. I agree I think it works.My Doc also has me on Vitamin C and D as well as a senior daily vitamin.
I have never heard of Breath Easy Tea, I will have to get some of that. Thanks for the tip.
You have a great attitude, I like your cut. You are sooooooo right "One day at a time

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MOMMY2TWO07 8/23/2013 7:10PM

    So sorry that you were so sick ! Hope you and your family all got better and enjoyed a nice summer !!

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I.M.MAGIC 6/30/2013 12:32AM

    Oh sweetie, been there with the starting over!

That ligament injury back before Christmas? I couldn't do any exercise at all that involved moving that arm or putting any weight on it--even washing dishes was too much! Don't know if you've ever seen a PNW slug, but the biggest one I ever saw was seven or eight inches long, could only move about an inch a minute, and it was FAT! Exactly how I feel! Ugh!...

Add to that the "cold" that blocked the Eustachian tube in my ear and was pulling the eardrum in... I'm still on a cortisone nasal spray for that.

And I won't even mention what the 80 degree weather is doing to me... I'd gladly send some sunshine your way if i could! LOL

I totally get where you're coming from!

We can get through this though...
Look at how far we have come already, right?

Love ya, girl, hang in there!
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GOCYCLE 6/25/2013 11:06AM

    So Glad to hear from you! Hang in there sistah, we are warriors!!! emoticon lol

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CONTENTCHRIS 5/28/2013 12:56AM

    Wowsers so nice to hear from you about you again and yes it had been a while. Sorry to hear about everything going the wrong way. emoticon Happy to see you still fighting! I think you got a million responses but I wanted to say emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYGIRL511 5/24/2013 6:24AM

    OMG my friend, hope you and your son are on the mend now, you folks have surely been through the wringer and I know that is an understatement. Thank you for sharing, lots of good info in your blog with regards to remedies.

Hope your weekend is rest, and relaxation and good companionship this Memorial Day. God Bless, Debbie emoticon

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IMAVISION 5/19/2013 12:27AM

    You certainly were put through that proverbial "wringer"!

I am happy to know that you found what helped & are now enjoying better health with all that went before an ever fading memory.

Our eldest deals with SAD, so I have some knowledge of how it affects one's outlook & mood. On a happy note - they are in Florida for ten days & she is enjoying being in what she calls "Heaven"! emoticon She called this morning to tell us that they were poolside with their four youngest children, her husband, & friends & it delighted me no end to hear the uplifted spirit in her voice.

God bless!

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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 5/12/2013 12:07PM

  You really did a good one this time! For your future information: old Scottish recipe that works for pneumonia/bronchitis. hot ginger tea. One cup boiling water, one quarter teaspoon ginger powder or shaved ginger root, one tsp honey. As you know both the ginger and the honey have natural anti-biotic components. You will sweat in about 20 minutes so don't wear anything polyester and you will keep sweating. Drink often throughout the day. As for the SAD, I am from northern Canada, the government has changed the regulations for Vit D in the past 2 years, it is now a minimum of 1,000 units. I take 2,000 every day and often 3,000. Now that we have pills in 1,000 unit sizes it's not so many LOL.

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CECE0330 5/10/2013 5:50PM

    Holy mackerel. What a laundry list of unpleasantness to have to deal with all at once!!!! Since this blog is a bit older, i'm hoping you are back to feeling like your old self again. At least we FINALLY had a change in the weather (well, today notwithstanding)

Blog when it strikes you. I do it out of boredom mostly. emoticon Well, and it's the only place where I feel I can be truly honest about the things rumbling around in my head; since most of them are health/body issue related, Spark makes the most logical place to let it all hang out.


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-GOT2FINISH- 5/6/2013 11:10PM

    Oh my goodness! I hope you all get to feeling better! I loved all your tips, I use a lot of them daily. But I hope I don't have to use any of them for sickness.
Get better soon & I hope you get you get inspired to blog more because I really enjoy reading them. Sending you some emoticon & well wishes.

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PATTIE441 5/5/2013 11:22PM

    Hi There! I am so sorry with everything that has happened, and I hope things get better. You have such an amazing spirit, and am sending healing and heartfelt vibes your way emoticon emoticon . And your information is so valuable and awesome! Thank you for everything on this blog, and thank you for the gift of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ENUFF81020 4/23/2013 6:49AM

    Hi there,
I am not going to add anything of much value considering how many people have responded to your blog--but I am going to share that I'm so sorry that you have been so ill and that my good news is that my pneumonia is gone now. I saw my doc a week and a half ago and I am better after such a rough winter. I'm praying for the same for you.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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COOKINGGRANNY 4/17/2013 10:57PM

  Wow, what a time you've had. Wishing you a speedy return to good health. emoticon emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 4/16/2013 1:17AM

    Best. Blog. Ever.

I am such a nerd but you know I eat this stuff up. I wish everybody's blog read like a medical journal :)

The friend in me (and the Jew) wishes I could be there to help you and make it all better!

Hope the critters are doing well!

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MRS.CARLY 4/11/2013 9:08AM

    Sounds BRUTAL! I take airborne at the first tickle in my throat and it ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS works for me!!! I've used it 3 times and every time I woke up the next day already over whatever was starting to attack my body.

I am reading this book, and I think it applies to you!! You may want to check it out. I am finding it VERY interesting and am going to buy my mom a copy to send to her. You are already on that path, so it may be worth your time just to glance at it if you get the chance and feel like getting out and about (though I know you probably have to travel at least an hour to get near a decent bookstore).

I fully believe that a big reason why you are so sick is diet related. When I eat gluten, I get flu like symptoms and have actually thrown up in the past from getting so sick and nauseated. I'm not saying we are exactly alike or that it is all related, but i SUSPECT it is diet related. Here is the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Real
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1605292028

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JANRTEACH 4/9/2013 9:50AM

    --hugs--


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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/8/2013 10:24PM

    I just finally noticed this! I am so thrilled to hear that things are better.
I hope that you continue to feel better; one step at a time; one day at a time. Take it easy on yourself and rejoice in the spring time with its promise of new beginnings!

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SUNNY332 4/6/2013 5:14PM

    So glad you are back.

Kick BUTT!

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CHESAKAT41 4/6/2013 2:10PM

    You wrote this a while back, but found it very interesting. I knew you were sick this past winter - but you are a fighter and never give up. Good reading your blog - giving me some 'more' insight as to who you are - I think you are very strong. You just keep on do'in and hanging in there - remembering you are #1 after you know who!!!
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LIVINGFREE19 4/3/2013 4:10PM

    So sorry to hear of all the health problems, you poor thing!

I hope this Moro iris business ends soon, it sounds beyond horrible!

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BIZENMO 4/2/2013 11:49PM

    Good heavens, Woman! I hope you are well on your way to getting better. I had the N/V, diarrhea stuff and it started going to my chest. I got in right away because of my history with COP and they got me on an inhaler, tapering dose of prednisone and they put me on a new antibiotic, Factive I think it was called. It nipped things in the bud pretty quickly. I was just shocked at how quickly it went to my chest. I hadn't thrown up from being sick for years!! I had the regurg because of the achalasia, but I didn't really consider that vomiting...more like ejection! LOL!! Norovirus is nothing to sneeze at....it can cause a lot of problems...

I am back here, too. MY A1c was sky high, but it isn't surprising since I hadn't been doing anything about it. But, I have things I need to do so I need to get things back in check. No time like the present, huh?! LOL!! Actually, it's really a matter of vain-ness...is that a word? LOL!! I have a cavity in one of my front teeth and I want to be able to get I fixed, but it's gonna involve some serious work and $$, but if I want to heal properly, I need to have my diabetes under control....blah, blah, blah...I'm more worried about being able to pay for all this crud!

Well, again, I hope you are on the mend...TTYL!!!

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AROHRBACH 4/2/2013 7:15PM

    I wish you much improved health! You are amazing my friend and will kick butt without a doubt! emoticon

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CATIATM 4/2/2013 12:10PM

    So much to go through! I'm sorry you've had such a struggle and hope you're feeling 100% again soon. Also, thanks very much for the tips. I've been sick almost continuously this winter and will try some of these ideas to improve my own health.

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SEESTARS 4/2/2013 10:26AM

    What a time you have had. I hope you cotinue to feel better. Take it slow and know that you are not the only one struggling with regained weight. *hugs*

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COMPUCATHY 3/30/2013 10:27PM

    Thank you for sharing. Sounds like you are doing ALL the right things to move into recovery...atta girl! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/28/2013 6:29PM

    M--Your last two years have been unbelievable!!! This illness; the stress you've been under. There are no words to convey how sorry I am that you've had and are having such a hard time. Things have got to get better for you!!! Hugs and love to you!!

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KAPERK1 3/28/2013 5:46PM

    Hiya, I get probiotics from swansonvitamins.com Dr. Stephen Langer's Ultimate 15 Strain Probiotic with FOS 60 caps/bottle on sale 2 bottles for $14.99. They have a bunch of other probiotics, too. I used to take drdavidwilliams.com but they're too expensive.
I haven't had a cold in years, but don't blame you for getting sick because you work TOO D...N HARD! Drink some fancy tea, do some alternate nasal or other BREATHing & contemplate the beauties of nature. I got some Jamaican sorrel and ginger tea at Kroger, also bought some empty teabags of generous size on Amazon. Bought whole cloves, allspice, cinnamon sticks at an Indian supermarket, but you can also get spices in the Hispanic section of a supermarket.
You know that overexercising raises stress hormones, so be good to yourself.
Love ya, mean it!

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CAMPYM 3/27/2013 6:53PM

  emoticon You wrote!
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DEELB1 3/27/2013 3:18AM

  emoticon a lot emoticon you have been ill! emoticon Be well!

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MARLINDA5 3/26/2013 12:10PM

    Wow - what you and your family has gone through. Glad to see you are getting better every day and good that you are able to go outside.

As your doctor said - take it slow getting back to walking - you have been sick and your body will tell you when you can do more.

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Thank you for sharing the tips.

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KANOE10 3/26/2013 9:32AM

    Thanks for all of your tips. I have been meaning to try probiotics. You have had a very hard winter. I am glad you are healing, step by step...but boy you were hit with some very difficult illnesses. It sounds like you are doing a great job of building up your immune system again.
I am not a daily blogger either!

Good to hear from you. Take care, Spark Friend.
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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/26/2013 9:13AM

    I am so happy to hear you and your family are finally getting over this horrible sickness! It has been such a terrible year for illness. It's great you guys figured out some herbal ways to improve your health through all of this. I hope you get your strength back soon.

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A_NEW_JAN 3/26/2013 9:01AM

    It's so nice to hear from you again, though I am sorry that things haven't been going all that well for you of late.
I do hope that spring & the promise of sun & warm weather will inspire us to get outside, get moving & back on track to good health!

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GOANNA2 3/26/2013 7:39AM

    Hi Tish, so glad to see you blogging again. It must've
been quite an effort for you considering what you have
been through these past two years and especially this
past winter. I love your tips too. Just take it easy and
get stronger. Have a great week. emoticon
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SPIRITSEEKER2 3/26/2013 6:48AM

    thanks for the info on what helps-- most I know and do - others I added to my lists.. take care and keep getting better... emoticon


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NIELSENSLADY 3/26/2013 12:12AM

    OHHHHH my goodness friend!! I hope there is only healing from here and you don't have to deal with it again. emoticon

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JAZZID 3/25/2013 10:24PM

    ... I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I just got over my 3rd cold last week. I have been hearing about the virus you spoke of and hope I don't get it. I hope you all recover soon, I have had a stomach virus and know how miserable it can be. I am also asthmatic and have experienced the wheezing and congestion you speak of. Nebulizer treatments were the only thing that helped me. I don't have to use a maintenance inhaler, I just have a rescue inhaler of albuterol. So far I have not had a bad chest cold and my asthma seems like it is more under control and I really think that exercise is key, it has strengthened my lungs/heart.

Thanks for all the tips, I just bought some Airbourne over the weekend. I have always taken Vit.C and if I take that at the start of a cold, it helps.

Well, take care of yourself and don't rush it, all of your energy needs to go into resting and getting over that virus.

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CHRIS3874 3/25/2013 10:22PM

    Wow GET WELL SOON. I had a chuckle at number one - I kept getting the visual of a fighter pilot!! Depending upon the cold, I like to take Lipton cup of soup (the chicken noodle kind) and make it and put a teaspoon or so of Tabasco or Frank's red hot etc in it (I was told by a co-worker that it was gross- I nearly called her a stupid (rhymes with) witch as I am taking it NOT HER). This seems to unclog the mucous membranes more than just the chicken soup. Gee its nearly a year since I had my all weekend food poisoning (YIPPEE - can't wait for THAT again).

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NORASPAT 3/25/2013 10:15PM

    "M" Thanks for the newsy up to date Blog.
So sorry!!
I knew a lot was going on for you and the family but never thought it was so bad.

I hope it is behind you some and as soon as the weather cooperates to let us see and feel the light there will be much improvement all round.

Hopefully you will get back to yourself once again

It is so overdue and it has been a tough couple of years, it sure seems that long.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/25/2013 9:18PM

    I am so sorry you have been sick for so long.

I hope you are totally healed REALLY SOON! my
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Thanks for all the tips about what to do when sick.
I'm sure you tried them all and then some?

Don't worry about writing a blog every day, lots of
people don't. I just enjoy it, but it gets to be a lot when
your social life, or lack thereof is busy.

I love hearing from you.

Just a short note is fine, every week or so, so we know
you are doing ok.

Your SP Friends really do care about you.

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KICK-SS 3/25/2013 8:55PM

    From the team posts, we knew you had not been well at all during this winter, I think most of us just didn't realize how sick you were.. and yet, you functioned... more stamina than I probably have.

Glad you're feeling better these days tho and for your sake, hope spring and sunshine get here fast. SAD is quite prevalent around here since we have so few sunny days during our winters, altho not severe weather, just dark and dreary and rainy most days.

Hang in there and take care of yourself!! Betty

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NPA4LOSS 3/25/2013 8:48PM

    You have had a very rough winter. I was ready for a new year 3 hours after this one started. I hope that you are feeling better soon. The Spring can't come too soon for us! emoticon and lots of positive thoughts coming your way!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 3/25/2013 7:37PM

    GOOD TO SEE YOUR BLOG AGAIN SORRY YOU HAVE BEEN SO SICK. THIS THING WILL EVENTUALLY PASS I HOPE. I AM MY THIRD WEEK OF THE BRONCHITIS, SINUS THING. INTERESTING ABOUT VARIOUS OVER THE COUNTER REMEDIES. I USE SOME OF THEM I WILL RESEARCH SOME OF THE OTHERS. HUGS PAT

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LINDAMARIEZ1 3/25/2013 7:29PM

    wowza, When you blog you blog! I am jealous as I seldom can type a short paragrah on how I am doing! You have great advice on geting ones self well naturally! I am so greatful to you for this! You have been through a lot and God loves you for sharing your experiences and what you did for it with us! I love you too!

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JTAMSYN 3/25/2013 6:27PM

    So sorry to hear that you have been so sick. The beginning of the year has been bad for me too. Not as bad as you though! Take care of yourself. Slowly but surely!

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WILLOW49 3/25/2013 6:07PM

    Sure hope you feel better soon. I know how slow going it must seem to you. A friend of mine in Vancouver had this same thing; just horrible.

Hang in there, girlfriend; baby steps to improvement!
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-SHAWN- 3/25/2013 5:55PM

    All that, and it didn't get you better any sooner. EIGHT WEEKS!
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CODEMAULER 3/25/2013 5:44PM

    As much as I've missed your blogs, I've truly appreciated that you still checked in and posted updates on our feeds, blogs and SparkPages.

I hope that Spring brings a truckload of health to you and your family. You certainly have made some large deposits in the karma bank!!

It's good news that the house sold. I am so happy to think that you'll have your weekends and evenings open to spend in your garden swing!

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WOWEETOO 3/25/2013 5:39PM

    hey girl vicks vaporub on the bottom of the feet plus socks will relieve congestion and coughing for hours
i love hearing from you again got snow?? it is snowing in nashville today lol
spring?? never trust a groudhog they live in holes
loves and hugs
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