I think I’m getting a cold. Scratchy throat and runny nose, the runny nose has been here for a little bit but that’s been due to the blanket of pollen we’ve had for the last few weeks. Yet this scratchy throat that causes a little cough has thrown me off.
The stress of everything going on right now has really taken its toll on my immune system. I should have known better and done something about it before it got to this. Now I’m sitting here working while sniffling and clearing my throat. Tomorrow is a day off so maybe I can sleep some of it off.
Last night I made an emergency grocery store run to get the basics, orange juice and vitamin drops to keep my throat wet, but I forgot chicken to make a broth with. Being a good patient is not one of my strong qualities so normally I’ll close myself off in my room and stay away from anyone. It’s a good tactic so that everyone else doesn’t get sick but also it keeps them away from my bad attitude too.
When I was little and would get sick, I remember my mother would always make chicken soup if it was a cold, an upset stomach got tea and toast or ginger ale. Why do we always feel better when it comes from our mothers? Just like being sick at school or at work, we feel so much better just by walking through our doors at home. Maybe it’s just that we know we can relax and not put on a front of how we’re supposed to feel. At home, if we feel like sticking a tissue in our nose, we can darn well do it. But at work, you have to be proper with your actions and it’s uncomfortable to keep saying “excuse me” when you sneeze or need to leave the room to blow your nose. Don’t get me started on people that don’t leave the room to do that.
For my job, it takes a lot of talking on the phone and that is irritating my throat even more. I wonder how many of these drops I’m allowed to use in a day? Coffee was a must this morning but then it will be hot tea with honey. Honey is one of my go-to items when it’s cold and flu season, I truly believe it has healing powers because it does, at least with me. The biggest bottle I can find is the one that ends up on my shelf at the beginning of the season and this year, we actually had to buy a second one.
The weather this year has been so all over the place that there’s no way to know what’s going on and get prepared for it. But I can’t give myself too much flack for not knowing because if Mother Nature doesn’t know what it’s doing, how in the world am I?
I need to get some more tissues (the ones that stay cold) and they are in the other room. My body aches at just the thought of getting up to get them and no one else is awake yet. I hope it clears up quickly and Mother Nature gets her plans back in order. I’m ready for a nice summer.