Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Getting Over Illness

Where do you come down on the idea of exercising when you're sick?
If I feel myself coming down with something, I force myself to exercise, thinking that it will help fend it off.
Since I exercise most days, I hate to miss.
Monday night, I was so sick that exercise of any kind was not an option, but my fever broke around 4 a.m. and I felt so much better immediately.
So when my friend Sheila texted to ask if I wanted to go on a walk, I did.
We walked about two and a half miles and we didn't go very fast. We stopped at Starbucks, and I had some peppermint added to my mocha to help clear out my sinuses.
We decided that walking, which gets the lymph system going, was a good idea while sick.
Last night, on my way home from teaching, I convinced my husband to meet me at a nearby bar for a hot toddy.
When I asked for it, the young bar tender looked at me blankly. "What's in it?" he asked.
I said, "brandy, honey, lemon."
He stopped me and said they didn't have brandy.
"I'll look it up," I told the bar tender. So I searched on my phone and came up with a recipe.
Whiskey, honey, lemon, ginger. "And can you make it hot?" I asked him. He seemed stumped again, but then said he would add some hot water to it to make it hot.

And, it did the job. Before I even had a sip, I breathed it in through my mouth and felt the whiskey and ginger making a difference.
My sinuses were clear all the way home, but unfortunately it didn't last.
So after another sleepless night of coughing and sneezing and sniffling, I waited until 6 a.m. to text Sheila. We walked more than three miles this morning, again at a slow pace and with coffee.
Luckily, I was able to find a sub for three of my classes so I can have a calm morning, but I still have to teach this afternoon and again this evening.


Lucia said...

Feel better soon! And Nyquil really does help you sleep!

Just Me said...

I think I'm with you on this. Exercise doesn't seem to cure anything but I honestly feel better for a while after running. The drinks sound perfectly yummy. NyQuil does knock my socks off and allows me to sleep.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Wow, I applaude your commitment to exercise when sick. Feel better soon.

Paulita said...

Just when I thought I was getting back on my feet, I'm so lightheaded this morning that I couldn't even walk to the coffee shop for a meeting. I just want to lie down and rest my stuffed up head. Thanks for your affirmations, everyone.

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Hope you are feeling better now! Your pretty spring garden must be helping!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi Paulita , I do hope you are feeling a lot better now. sorry I have fallen abit behind in reading blogs , busy at work.

I fall one the side of have a Hot Toddy and stay at home. take care x

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