I do hate being sick. The worst part is when your mind fogs up and you can’t think clearly. I did make it a whole year (technically 14 months) without being sick though, so that is something to celebrate.

Here are my tips for getting over an illness as quickly as possible and trying to keep your germs to yourself:

  • Get rest!
  • Drink fluids
  • Keep tissues nearby to sneeze and cough into
  • Stay in one area and try to keep your germs contained
  • Use hand sanitizer, before entering common areas
  • Take vitamin C
  • Take zinc
  • Take any meds that lessen your symptoms to save the wear and tear on your body
  • Eat homemade chicken soup (I have an easy recipe if you need one. I usually make a ton and freeze it.)
  • Drink hot decaf tea
  • If you have a fever, sweat it out
  • If you are congested, take a steam
  • What do you do when you’re sick?

    Dealing with Family Hardships

    I wanted to say thank you to everyone who offered words of support and encouragement to me and family in this trying time of my Gram’s passing.

    Going through this has given me some insight as to how to be of help to others in these kinds of situations (severe or terminal illness). I thought I would share some tips here. If you have anything to add, please do!

    – Try to use the least intrusive method of communication.
    – Text or email if the family uses these technologies.
    – Allow them to get back to you in their own time.
    – Don’t be offended if they don’t respond.
    – Offer to help only if you are able to.
    – Don’t try to make contact every day.
    – Don’t ask the caregivers to call you everyday.

    – Keep visits short.
    – Don’t be offended if the family asks you not to visit, it’s not you.
    – Be aware that the person requires constant care and that your presence may be inhibiting that.

    How Can I Help?
    – Bring food. (This was the biggest help ever, thanks Joy.)
    – Don’t ask what they would like to eat, just bring something that keeps well.
    – Offer to be a contact person for updates, that way you can handle making and receiving calls when there is news.
    – Offer to relieve the caregivers, but don’t push if they aren’t receptive to the idea. Again, only offer if you are able to do this.
    – Ask, “What can I do?” They may need you to run an errand or something.
    – If you work with the caregivers, offer to take on some of their workload.
    – Bring tissues with lotion. (This was the first thing I sent my husband out for.)

    Overall, try to understand that this is likely the most stressful thing the family could go through. Don’t be offended if someone snaps and yells at you. It’s not you. Please try to understand that no matter how close of a family member you are these suggestions (and anything else the family says) apply to you too.

    Kitchen Tip #243

    So I don’t know if I am doing something wrong, but every time I crack an egg it leaves this egg snot on my counter that I inevitably have to clean up because I don’t want to get salmonella or some other food borne illness.

    Here is the solution I recently thought up:

    Lay a napkin or paper towel on the counter (butter wrappers work well too, if you are baking) and crack the egg on it. Then you can place the shells on the paper and wrap it all up to dipose of quickly and easily.

    Ta. Da.