Don't Be Blue: Taking Care of Yourself with the Flu

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Along with Halloween, Election Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, flu season is coming around again as the chill in the air starts to condense into cold, fog-blurred mornings and the ever-present threat of snow. Unfortunately, if you don't really have any family members that can take care of you if and when the flu hits you, it can be hard to take care of yourself in a way that ensures a fast recovery time. But you need to get over this flu and back on your feet again—so if you're looking for a few tips and tricks for taking care of yourself with the flu, then here's what you need to know.

Gather Your Supplies

You'll want to go out—yes, you'll have to go out to the supermarket, but just once—and grab everything you think you may need until your flu blows over, so make a list and check it at least twice so that you don't have to go back out.

Aside from the normal items like flu/cough/cold medicine and tissues, you'll also want to ensure you have something that can take your temperature (the under-the-tongue ones are best if you live alone; the forehead scanners aren't as accurate if you're doing it on yourself), some sort of sports drink to replace electrolytes if and when you throw up, and a few throw blankets (if you don't own any) so that you don't have to drag your comforter to and from your bedroom.

Choose Your Food Wisely

When eating with the flu, it's a good idea to indulge in foods that are easy to digest. Smooth, cream-based soups are good not only for preventing your stomach from working overtime but also for coating your stomach and your throat, protecting them from the bile that accompanies throwing up. Soft, white breads are good as well, as are bland foods like water crackers or saltines. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, you can try saltier and more complex foods like the classic chicken noodle soup, chicken chowders, or peanut-butter toast.

Make Things Easy on Yourself

The best thing that you can do to make sure that you recover more quickly is to make things easy on yourself. Ensure that you have everything that you need within reach: water, sports drink, a bowl to throw up in (just in case you don't make it to the bathroom in time), blankets, pillows, and whatever else you think you might need. Instead of transporting your little court of cures around with you, just keep a separate set in any room you find yourself in (front room, bedroom, bathroom, and so forth). If your flu persists for more than a week or so, consider seeing a doctor, such as Harvey Harold E II MD PLLC.


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