Super Powers

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I’m so glad to report that I am finally getting back into my healthy rhythm! I woke up today feeling better than I have in a week. I played catch up at work all day today, but it wasn’t too bad since it made the day fly by. I skipped out on the afternoon workout session because I didn’t want to overdo it. Instead, I took a 35 minute walk outside in the beautiful 70 degree weather.

I have been really tired tonight! I just remembered it was Daylight Saving’s yesterday though. I haven’t even set my watch yet to the correct time. I usually wait a couple of days to do this…I have no idea why!

A yummy little meal I’ve been making while  I’ve been sick these past few days has been a super healing salad. I made a big pot of soup that I was eating often and I was getting a little burnt out with it so I decided to make a salad.  I chopped some of my ginger root and minced some garlic clove and added them to a bed of lettuce. I then drizzled some apple cider vinegar on top.

It was perfect! I am so mad I didn’t take a picture! Garlic has been used medicinally for ages and almost always tastes good in any recipe (even if it requires me to brush my teeth right after consuming). Ginger is equally valuable to recipes as well as to medicine men. And I don’t mean the ground stuff-get the root! It is so zesty and fresh! As far as the vinegar goes, I know not everyone is a fan, but I could literally drink it by the bottle! I pour it on my salads and go trough bottles pretty quickly. I’m honestly not too knowledgeable on how beneficial vinegar is, but I have heard people say that it helps. Helps with what? I don’t know. There’s probably a good balance of folk tales vs research out there regarding vinegar. I do know that I use organic, raw, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Bragg’s product website claims their Apple Cider Vinegar is “rich in enzymes and potassium, supports a healthy immune system, promotes digestion, helps soothe dry throats, and helps remove body sludge toxins.” Well, there ya go!

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So, for a super healing and delightfully tasty alternative to soup and hot tea when you are hungry and sick toss some ginger, garlic, and apple cider vinegar together and you will find yourself on the road to recovery with satisfied taste-buds.

Strep Breath

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So, after I blogged about how I was feeling better yesterday I woke up in the middle of the night last night and knew I’d be going to the doctor this morning. It is so weird! Yesterday I was feeling almost back to normal. I didn’t really have any throat pain and the swelling in my tonsils was decreasing. I did notice that my lymph nodes were still swollen and stiff though. But, I thought I was improving, so with just another day I’d be good as new!

I woke up around 3:30 and noticed the pain in my throat was worse than yesterday. I got up, went to the bathroom, turned the light on, stuck my tongue out, and looked in the back of my throat to see that the white patches were back on my tonsils again! Damnit! I guess I can’t run from bacteria. I entertained the idea of whether an Urgent Care was open this time of night but then I quickly went back to sleep.

I woke up and found an Urgent Care that opened at 8. Hubs went with me after I told him numerous times he didn’t have to. The last time I had been to an Urgent Care was New Years 2010 for strep throat! Ha! I think I need to get my tonsils removed! My pain was far worse and they had to give me a steroid shot in my bum right away. I remember it being sore weeks later and feeling it whenever I ran! Luckily, I dodged any shots. If not i would be running a painful 5K on Saturday!

The nurse swabbed my throat and the doctor came in and asked why I had strep throat at my age? The funny thing about that is, I’ve never had problems with my throat as a kid except for the occasional cold. Ever since I got tonsillitis the first time in college, I’ve had it about 3 times since. Hubs thinks there must be a correlation between people who like to eat their food burning hot and throat illnesses. I must admit, I won’t eat soup unless it is steaming. And if anything is being cooked in the oven, I don’t wait for it to cool off–oftentimes leaving my mouth burned. I wonder if he has a point? Do I have lots of scar tissue in my mouth from eating food that’s too hot? And does that make me more susceptible to infection? Hmmmm….I’ll have to ask my friend in med school.

Anyway, the doctor was pretty funny. After calling me highly contagious and warning Hubs that he could be next, he took both of my hands into his (ha!) and apologized that I wasn’t feeling well. It was actually pretty endearing. Then he asked me to open my mouth while he took a big sniff and proclaimed that I had the “strep breath.” I read about streptococcus having a potent smell so I knew exactly what he was referring to. My husband on the other hand was wide-eyed and grossed out. Haha!

He prescribed me some antibiotics and I was on my merry way to the pharmacy. I picked up some ginger root on the way home to put in my tea. I’ve never actually eaten ginger form the root–just the pink flaps that come with sushi. This stuff is zesty! So zesty, it would taste too spicy for my husband. It really soothes the throat!

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I’m really hoping I will feel back to normal tomorrow. I’ll be on medication for almost 24 hours by then, and I read that after 24 hours of being treated you aren’t contagious anymore. Hubs is already protesting that I need one more day, but I really want to catch up on everything to get a good start off to the work week. At least I’m on drugs now, so it should all be smooth sailing from here! 😉

Sick Days

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I’d like to think I am up at 4 AM writing this because I’m making up for the constant sleeping-in and napping I experienced in the past 2 days while I had to take off work and get over my bug. I started feeling sick Wednesday morning. My throat was a bit sore, but nothing too crazy. By the afternoon, I was seeking Tylenol from co-workers for a blasting headache that didn’t go away until Thursday night. Thursday was the worst of it: fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, nausea, and headache. By the end of Thursday, sometime waking up after my third nap I was feeling much better. I was also getting optimistic that I could return to work Friday morning to help take some work off of my plate for Monday. Ha!

I woke up on Friday morning feeling worse than I did Thursday night, but still better than I felt on Thursday morning. At least it was some improvement. We had a pretty bad wind storm Thursday night, so unfortunately I didn’t have any cable TV or internet to help soothe the pain of my sick day. I was feeling better enough to drive across the road to the nearest Redbox and rent some DVDs: “The Great Gatsby”, “Don Jon”, and “Blue Jasmine”. I still have to watch “Blue Jasmine”, but luckily I’m up so early that I have plenty of time for that!

Yesterday, I noticed that my tonsils were swollen with white patches on them. Boo! That has only meant one thing to me several times in the past: tonsillitis. I’ve gotten tonsillitis at least 2 or 3 times since being in my 20’s; yet, not ever as a kid so I never got my tonsils taken out. All of my symptoms on Thursday were textbook tonsillitis, but I’ve always experienced the symptoms at a much higher level-plus, I was feeling better now. The first thing I did when I got up was to check in the mirror. They are not as swollen and as far as I could tell didn’t have any more white patches on them. Phew! I’ll take that as a good sign, even though my lymph nodes still feel a bit tender. My throat isn’t as sore and I can swallow now without wincing.

I wonder if my off-roading that occurred on Monday and Tuesday have had anything to do with my little sick spell. I’m sure it didn’t cause me to get sick, but it sure could have weakened my immune system and helped decrease my health, giving whatever bug the prime opportunity to infect me with its grossness. Anyhow, it’s not too far of a stretch. All I wanted were popsicles and ice cream the past two days, but I settled on frozen fruit and applesauce. I was never very hungry throughout the day, but at night when I was feeling better I’d get a pretty big appetite out of nowhere that I fed with copious amounts of almonds. I could have made worse choices!

Here’s to healthier days and hoping my husband doesn’t get infected!