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    • #28759
      Alyssa Silva

      Ugh. I hate that I’m even writing this, but it’s better to stay prepared. With cold and flu season upon us, do you have any home remedies to either stay ahead of getting sick or fight it at home? Now, more than ever, I’d like to avoid the hospital, and I think most of you will agree with me on that ha.

    • #28779
      Kelly Miller

      Absolutely, I want to avoid the hospital too! I don’t have any new, earth-shattering ways I treat colds and flu. I use vitamin c and zinc. I put essential oil blends on my chest with a carrier oil. No matter how much I don’t want to, I make myself go outside to sit in the sun for at least 20 minutes. Cold-Eaze and Theraflu work pretty well.

      We all have to be mindful of those illnesses that sneak up on us. One day we’re fine, and the next we’re in bed with fever and congestion crud in our chests. Make sure you have a list of all meds with dosages, and you might want to write out under what circumstances you would or would not consider being put on a vent. Also whether you want what they call Heroic Measures to be taken, meaning crack-your-ribs CPR. It’s good to have all that in writing to help your loved ones deal with the doctors. My husband had fight off the hospice rep 3 times to keep them from putting me in hospice, where they would’ve stopped trying to make me better. As far as the local hospital doctors and nurses were concerned, they didn’t know what to do with a person who had SMA. Arm yourselves!

    • #28781
      Alyssa Silva

      These are great tips! It’s freezing here in New England but I really should try to get a few minutes of sun every day. It would be good for my mental health, too. Definitely going to up my health game this season regardless, though. Not only do I want to avoid the hospital, but I also don’t have much of a choice! My critical care specialist emails his patients monthly and, a few days ago, he let us know the hospital is completely full. Kinda scary. I have a team there that knows my care inside and out. I’d hate to be in a situation where I need to be admitted and have to go elsewhere. Ugh, stay healthy!

    • #28782

      I don’t really have any tricks either but zinc and vitamin C definitely are good things! I just had a short lived ick with bronchitis a few weeks ago but it didn’t last long, maybe only 3 or 4 days. Was a little freaked out it was covid so I went and got tested but it was negative. I called the doctor right away and he called in a z-pack & steroid to the pharmacy that day so I think it nipped it in the bud pretty quickly and kept it from getting worse. Unfortunately I work in the public so it’s hard to avoid even while wearing a mask. Ugh

      • #28788
        Alyssa Silva

        Oh man, I can imagine how scary that must have been at first. Glad it wasn’t Covid and you’re feeling better!

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