Caught in the Cold

I’m at home sick today which is a rare occurrence for me.  Generally speaking, I don’t get colds and if I do they don’t turn out to be that bad. Because I was up most of the night not being able to get sleep because of the congestion and sore throat, I decided to take a sick day to rest up, drink fluids, and cat nap.  A couple of people at work were sick last week, so I started to take action to keep the sickness at bay.  Didn’t completely work, but I still feel like my methods are good to know.

It’s been a good two years since I’ve been sick with a full on cold, and I attribute it to my healthy lifestyle including going the gym, eating right, and taking vitamins.  Last week, I started drinking vitamin supplements, more than what I usually take.  On a day-to-day basis I take vitamin C, multi-vitamins, and fish oil.  I know some people are a little skeptical on vitamin supplements, but I’ve seen an improvement in my health because of them.  Vitamin C was for my immune system, after I contracted a terrible cold two years ago, and I believe it’s helped that plus my skin and hair.  Multi-vitamin is simply that, to fill in the gaps of my daily diet.  Fish oil has helped my knees and joints especially ever since I began running about a year and half ago.  When those around me get sick, like at work, or when I start feeling under the weather I start taking Emergen-C, Airborne, or something along those lines.  Last week the CVS brand was on sale for buy one get one free, so I stocked up for home and work.  My Blender Bottle is perfect for mixing it up too.

I’m keeping up my fluids, which includes the vitamin drink, water, and my previously blogged about Lipton Decaffeinated Honey Lemon Green Tea.  Jake came down with a cold too so I brewed him a cup and he loved it.  The only medicine I’m taking for the sinus pressure, is a non-drowsy nasal decongestant, such as Sudafed.  It keeps the congestion and sinus pressure down, as well as helps drains any fluid build up.  A lot of people think that when they have a cold for longer than a few days that they have a sinus infection that requires a doctor visit.  Doctor’s often prescribe an antibiotic because it makes the patient feel at ease, but most of the time it’s prescribed for a viral infection that is completely unaffected by antibiotics.  Antibiotics are only needed if it’s a bacterial infection, which requires a blood draw to confirm.  I’m not a doctor so I can’t tell anyone what the right thing to do is, but it really bothers me that people rely on antibiotics for something as simple as a cold.

As crazy as this sounds, going to the gym is still in my routine when I catch a cold.  As long as you don’t do more than your normal routine and your cold is from the neck up going to gym is perfectly acceptable.  I’m extra careful when I go to gym with a cold, making sure I wash my hands before and after my workout, avoid touching my face, and wiping down all of the equipment I use.  After the workout I sit in the sauna for a few minutes then head back home and get right back into bed.  Monday was when I started feeling under the weather, so I went for a quick run and it made my sinuses feel less congested.  I swear by going the gym, I really do.  Even if it’s just for being active, I wish everyone at least gave it a try for eight weeks.  That’s about how long it takes to see results.  Gym time has changed my life.  I really love it.

It’s getting to be that time of year when colds are inevitable as people start to stay inside more.  I also know it’s difficult for some people to get out of school or work, but staying home is really the best medicine for getting well.  If you can take the pay cut for the day or get an excused absence from school, take the personal time and be the healthiest person you can be.


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