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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Flu Hit us Hard!: 5 Tips That Helped Us to Survive

If you follow regularly, you may have noticed that I didn't post many recipe posts over the past two weeks. One of the reasons is that we were surviving on take-out while we suffered from the flu.  We get the flu shot every year and usually sail through flu season without any problems. However, this year seemed to be our once-in-a-decade experience with the flu. It was rough, especially since my husband and sons had the "man flu" which we all know is 10x worse than my version of the flu!  I am joking, but in today's post, I'll share some things that helped us to survive.

1. Rest and watch Netflix.
Rest is important when you have the flu. If you are hit as bad as us, your body will instantly insist on resting. Despite how awful we felt, Netflix helped us to somewhat forget about our misery by making time go by quicker and actually created happy memories. My entire family piled into our bed. My husband and I watched Netflix on TV while my children shared an iPad to stream their shows.  My sons are big fans of The Adventures of Puss in Boots. This interactive series kept them busy. My husband and I caught up on House of Cards and The Blacklist. We were grateful to have good entertainment while we laid in bed.  If you have already seen those, don't worry because Netflix continuously adds great content. Some other great series to watch this month include:

2. Set goals to drink water.
Personally, I set a goal on the first day to drink a glass of water every hour. I wanted to stay hydrated and flush the germs out of me as quickly as possible.  I'm not sure whether it made a big difference, but I definitely noticed that my skin looked good. 

3. Monitor fevers and track symptoms.
I think that it's important to check in with your doctor if you may have the flu this year. Emergency Rooms have been packed with people that have the flu. There have even been children that died from the flu this year.  Personally, I didn't want to take any chances, so we visited our doctors and then monitored our fevers and symptoms.  This is a year that you really want to be proactive and keep your family safe.

4. Treat Congestion with a humidifier and Mucinex.
A good humidifier will help to loosen congestion. If your doctor approves, consider using Mucinex to further help with congestion.  I used Mucinex for chest congestion because I read that it is the #1 Doctor Recommended brand* and the #1 OTC brand in America**, especially the Mucinex 12-Hour DM expectorant and cough suppressant line.  I had a multitude of symptoms, including sore throat, headache, fever, and general aching. This  (*Adult Cough/Cold Category 2016, **Nielsen Sales Data, 2016)  I rarely take medication, but I make an exception when I am so sick that it is interfering with my ability to take care of my family and need serious help. Mucinex was a life saver for me!

5. Enjoy Time Together.
Finally, I know that it's rough when everyone is sick, but try to look at the positive side that your family gets to spend time together. One of my sons actually told me the other day that he has happy memories of us all resting in my bedroom and watching tv together.  

I hope that these tips help and that your family survives flu season!

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