Post # 1
Ok, so I haven’t run an actual fever in 4 years now so I can’t remember how to make myself feel better.
Yesterday it started as low grade. Hit 101.7 when I went to bed, and I woke up in the middle of the night feeling awful at 102. Chills, sweating, slight nausea, the whole shebang.
This morning about back to 101.7. I’ve been talking tylenol. Drinking lots of water and resting.
I have ZERO appetite and have a fairly productive cough (which has resulted in some really badly sore ribs on my right hand side).
Other than tylenol, liquids, and rest is there anything that makes you feel better when you feel like this?
I’m wondering if I have the flu for the first time ever in my life and it’s not fun. I’m pretty sure it’s viral and my fever isn’t dangerously high so there’s no reason to go and sit for hours in a doctor’s waiting room.
Sorry for the whiney, pity party post.
Post # 3
No tips from me, because it sounds like you are doing everything right. Tylenol, liquids and rest is exactly what I would do. I agree with you, it sounds viral.
Hope you feel better!
Post # 4
I load myself up with blankets to break the fever. I always reach a point where warmer is better and then BOOM, while I’m sleeping, I’ll kick off the covers and no more fever.
Post # 5
Chicken soup (your Mama was right) or just broth, ginger ale for any nausea, warm bath …rest, drink plenty of liquids and sleep. Hope you feel better soon.
Post # 6
Hot Toddy. A measure or two of whiskey or rum (I prefer rum), juice of 1 lemon, top up with boiling water, then dissolve a spoonful of honey (or as much as you like) in it to taste. Apparently you shouldn’t use alcohol as a remedy, but it makes me feel better!! You could just skip the alcohol all together…
Chicken soup! No one really knows why but there’s evidence to suggest it actually helps.
Post # 7
Add gratings of root ginger to the soup, yummy. SO makes this for me when I’m poorly.
Post # 8
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: I did that last night hoping to break the fever. And at one point did get way too hot and sweaty, but the fever didn’t break. That’s about when it hit 102. I’ll try that again today.
@ItWasntMe: I have no appetite at all, but maybe Darling Husband can pick up some broth on the way home. I do have some chicken ramen that I’ll eat if I get hungry, but as of right now I really don’t want it. I will take a warm shower in a bit hopefully that will help with the aches and pains. Unfortunately the bathtub is in our second bathroom and that’s where the cat’s litter box lives (in the bath tub) so that he doesn’t track litter everywhere. I really don’t feel like cleaning the bathtub just so I can take a bath.
@ladyartichoke: I did have some hot mulled cider with a small measure of rum in it last night. It made my throat feel better (and now my sore throat is almost completely gone).
@jillmatt: Thanks, it just sucks when you are doing all that you should and you still don’t feel better.
Post # 9
The no appetite thing is pretty common, but you do need to keep up your strength to help your body fight it off. What you’re describing sounds exactly like what happened to my daughter the week before Christmas, and the Dr. said it would last about a week. It got worse instead of better and she ended up with a sinus infection and stomach virus, and antibiotics for the infection, and a liquid med to coat her stomach so she could eat. It’s really no fun….
Post # 10
@ladyartichoke: <– You can never go wrong with hot toddy! I get sick VERYYYYYYY RARELY and anytime I do, or even feel a slight inkling of it, I will make a hot toddy. Only exception is that I make it with [a good quality] brandy. The results are quick and painless.
Post # 11
@ItWasntMe: That sounds awful. I really hope this doesn’t last a full week.
If it gets worse I will see a doctor, but hopefully it’ll run it’s course in a few days.
Maybe I’ll try some orange juice.
Post # 12
I eat raw garlic (mix it with peanut butter) by the ton when I get sick and I swear it works and I feel better in a day. I also load up on raw natural honey, the kind that has the stuff from the hive on the top. I am blanking on what its called right now.
Post # 13
Paracetamol and sleep. And cups of hot water.
Post # 14
@DVsMom: I don’t think my stomach could handle that combo at the moment and I really dislike honey, not sure why… but I’ve never liked it.
@OrchidsandCandles: That’s what I’m trying to do. Sadly I didn’t sleep well at all last night. I only seem to be able to sleep for a few hours at a time.
Took a hot shower and that seemed to help a bit. I’m going to try and clean up around the apartment a bit while I feel ok and then go back to laying on the couch.
Post # 15
I don’t know why, but I drink a glass of EXTRA spicy tomato juice and it helps. I second the “sweat it out” method (getting under crazy warm covers and falling asleep).
Beyond that, tea, orange juice, vitamin C and echinacea, warm baths and sleep.
Post # 16
A really hot bath with grated ginger and salt in it, drink water while I’m in it and then get wrapped up in bed with lots of duvets and a hot toddy (again with ginger).
Chicken soup also really helps.
My ultimate solution is a ridiculously spicy curry added to the first paragraph above. It really helps me shake off a cold/flu.