For some weird reason I write these posts on getting colds and I get traffic so here's another one.
This is the second subtle cold within three months so here we go. Last year I got hit HARD the level of cold was BRUTAL. A day of heavy sneezing, a day of swollen throat and the effects lasted well past a month.
HOW PRODUCTIVE ARE YOU DURING COLDS?
This year both of these colds felt and feel almost like allergy attacks but I know they are not. I would like to believe that my improved diet of less high fructose corn syrup, less dairy and less wheat contributed to my less intense symptoms. It is clear however that the absence of mucus causing stuff has been a good thing for me.
The first cold started with a sore throat. This current one started with sneezing. Both are going through a subtle cold cycle.
However WORKING THROUGH A COLD I find that you have to surrender a bit to the inactivity and lack of sharpness in order to embrace the moments of activity, like the one thats allowing me to write now.
I found that during the initial COLD SYMPTOM HIT I felt quite out of it no matter how much I tried it took me quite a long time to do anything. So I watched some stuff online with a sporadic task. That and I was still in DENIAL over having a cold so I kept fighting the feeling.
I this second day I found myself doing some physical tasks slowly but not any higher functions until this evening.
WHAT KIND OF TASK CAN YOU ACCOMPLISH AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LEAVE ON THE TABLE?
ZINC WORKS- While have read and written about the research of ZINC, and it looks good if you start it right away.
WHAT EAT AND DON'T EAT-What I focus on now more is what not to eat. I try to eat as healthy as possible with no mucus causing CRAP. This now includes again less wheat, dairy, and sugar.
For instance today I had a banana, a nutrition bar, chicken, rice, salmon, potato, etc.
WHAT I TAKE-I know some people don't like to take meds but I DO lol. 12 hour Decongestant, Ibuprofen, Sugar Free Cough Drops.
On a more alternative note I do Emergenc-C, Netti Pot and I normally do a b-12/energy type thing in general. Currently taking NRG, Diet Rockstar, 5 hour.
I also suggest finding a way to stretch, find a way to relax and breathe deeply at times. Warm Compress on the sinus etc.
Colds have a tendency to tighten up muscle groups with all the sneezing and coughing. I realized this last go round that a lot of my STIFFNESS post cold is coming from inactivity vs. symptoms.
I'm sure we all have our COLD REGIMENS and again on a final note this is what I do. It is not necessarily a recommendation as I am not a doctor lol.
Let me know how you've gotten smarter or dumber with the way you treat your colds.
DAY 2 of this cold and I guess BLOGGING is now part of my formula.