Feed A Cold, Starve A Fever???
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Last Friday I babysat the little boy I sit with once in a while. He had a runny nose. He wasn't coughing at all, just the runny nose. Sunday I started sneezing and couldn't stop. Sunday evening I got the call. Can I babysit every day this week except Wednesday? I assured them that yes I could do that. Monday I woke feeling lousy. My head was stuffed up, sinus headache, coughing like crazy, but I had given my word and went off to babysit. I walked there. It is approximately 1.5 klms from my place to theirs. I get in their place and discover that hey I am not the only one feeling terrible. My charge was coughing like crazy, the two other children in the house were both coughing and wheezing and all had runny noses.
Tuesday I felt worse. I took the bus there. Luckily for me I only had to sit for two hours. I walked home. My winter coat felt very heavy on my shoulders as I walked slowly. When I got home I realized that even walking slowly I made it home in twenty minutes. I took a couple of cold tablets and went to bed. When I woke I was very dry. I tried to drink water and almost choked on it. I got hubby to go out and get me a big bottle of gingerale and some chicken noodle soup.
Between Tuesday evening and Wednesday evening I drank an entire two litre bottle of gingerale. I find it soothes my sore throat, whereas water does not. I could not stop eating either. I went through half a bag of cheese strings. I ate clementines as well as yogurt. I had toast and peanut butter. I ate two full cans of chicken noodle soup. I buy the healthy request kind from Campbell's because it is lower in sodium. I sort of tracked my food but I think I had a lot more than I wrote down. I took vitamins. I still have three days left this week to babysit. Yes I am planning on walking there today but I know I am getting a ride back home. At this moment I am feeling a bit better, but although I have been sleeping, it has not been good sleep. As soon as the cold tabs wear off I wake again. Maintaining healthy eating is hard at such times. I don't feel like oatmeal and the only fruit I want is oranges. If I had the ingredients I would have made my own soup but I didn't so settled for canned stuff. I have to admit I am not eating unhealthy either, just feel like I am starving and eat every time I wake. I am sure I will soon be better and back on track, but right now I am following what my body wants.
So much for getting my decorations up.