Inside the Mind of Isadora

The Battle in My Body

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flu-bed[1]Are you glad to see a post from me again? Yes?!!! Me too.

I’m sure my absence must have brought up questions to all of my loyal followers. I sure hope so. ~~~~ : – O

I wish I could say I was on vacation exploring and learning about new cultures and foods. Instead, I have been in a medicine coma to relieve the horrific systems of the flu.

Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease of birds and mammals caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae, the influenza viruses. information from wikipedia

The flu virus is spread like most other viruses through contact with infected individuals. This disease can be transmitted through airborne contact too, such as when a person sneezes or coughs or through contact with contaminated surfaces.

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It can be difficult to distinguish between the common cold and influenza in the early stages of these infections, but the flu can be identified by a high fever with a sudden onset of extreme fatigue. The other known symptoms are chills, fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache (often severe), coughing, nausea, vomiting, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort.

Influenza can occasionally lead to pneumonia, either direct viral pneumonia or secondary bacterial pneumonia, even for persons who are usually very healthy. Because I had been hospitalized with pneumonia in July, bacterial pneumonia added to the rest of the intolerable flu symptoms I had had. A good warning sign of this is you’re getting better and then a relapse with a high fever occurs. Of course, difficulty breathing is another severe sign.

how-not-to-get-the-flu-2013-718x523c[1]Flu Remedies

Unfortunately, there isn’t a pill or a liquid you can take that will “cure” you of the flu. Penicillin and other antibiotics won’t work, because they only kill bacteria, and the flu is caused by a virus. There are, however, a few approved antiviral drugs that have shown to shorten the duration of the illness.

The best advice for treating the flu is to rest and drink plenty of liquids. Over-the-counter cold and flu remedies can alleviate some of the symptoms, at least temporarily. Aspirin may relieve fever and aches. Information from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

Sick-in-bed[1]Old Fashioned Home Remedies

1. Breathe steam: fill a bowl or sink with steaming hot water, and add one of the following: a couple teaspoonful’s of chopped fresh ginger, a bit of chest rub ointment, or a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Drape a towel over the head and the bowl and breathe the steam for a few minutes. All of these may help to open up stuffy nasal passages.

2. Drink Fluids: drink a lot of liquids. Try to get at least 8 cups a day. Staying hydrated helps to keep mucous secretions thinner and therefore easier to cough, sneeze or blow out. Some research shows that hot liquids might be more effective for this than cold ones, but the main point is to get the fluids in no matter the temperature. Water, juices, and sports drinks such as Gatorade are the best.

3. Avoid anything with caffeine or alcohol, as they are dehydrating. Use moist heat compresses. For a throbbing head and difficulty breathing through the nose, relief may be had by applying warm, moist compresses to the cheeks and sinuses. Try nasal saline irrigation or saline sprays. These can thin mucus, decrease postnasal drip and add moisture to dried mucous membranes. In addition, the nasal rinse helps to remove virus particles and bacteria from the nose.

4. For a cough: some studies have shown that a teaspoon of honey is as effective as over-the-counter cough syrups for calming a nagging cough.

5. Fever Relief and Body Aches: a fever is the body’s natural way to fight off an infection. If the fever is more than 101 degrees, a doctor visit is a good choice.

6. Rest, rest and more rest is how the body heals itself.

See more at: http://thelcn.com/2013/01/26/home-remedies-to-survive-the-flu/#sthash.IIGsBOib.dpuf

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***** Please be patient while I try to catch up on all of your wonderful recent posts.

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

26 thoughts on “The Battle in My Body

  1. It seemed wrong to hit “like” but I wanted you to know that I am glad you are among us again. I’m sorry that you had the flu. I get the flu shot and, so far, I’ve dodged any major dances with any of the symptoms you describe. I get headaches, weird stomach issues, aches, and fatigue as a part of daily life, so that doesn’t count. 😉

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    • I feel the same way about the ‘Like’ button sometimes. It’s been s low road back for me. I have immune issues so recovery is always slow and sometimes it doesn’t happen at all. I’ve gotten used to it. When tired I rest … when I’m not I play. ~~~~ : – )
      Thank you, mi amiga, I knew you would understand my plight.
      xoxo

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  2. Sorry you’ve been so ill, Isadora. The flu is no fun at all. Happy to see you back online.

    This is quite a round-up, by the way.

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  3. Flu is not a nice illness to have at all Issy and I am sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with it hon. Hope you are getting enough rest hon. Take care and get well soon. 😀 *big hugs*

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear your news. 😦 It has been a few years since my last run in with the flu but I’ll never forget it. Take care

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  5. So sorry to hear have been in this wretched state and hope you are feeling much better soon. Take care and rest!

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  6. That explains the absence… and I was imagining you having fun at some remote and exotic island! I’m very sorry to hear that. Take lots of vitamin c, goji berries and drinks. As a singer, a good remedy for the caugh, my tutor prescribed is a glass of hot milk with honey before bed (or soy milk with agave syrup if you’re vegan) and fresh orange juice in the morning. Sounds simple but it works. All the best my dear. Sending you good vibes! 🙂

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    • I wish I would have been on an exotic island but unfortunately I was in my tropical bed known as – my bed. hahaha
      Thanks for all of the suggestions to help alleviate my ills. I have gotten goji berries at the health food store. I had no idea they were good for illness’. I am adventurous to try anything that will help me feel better. I truly appreciate it, Marina. xoxo

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  7. Poor Izzy! I’m so sorry to read of your illness. I noticed your absence form the blogosphere, but figured you were busy and would pop back in when you had the time. Take good care of yourself, get well soon. Sending hugs and good wishes.

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  8. I am glad to hear you dear, it is so bad to get flu virus. Take care of yourself, don’t forget to eat kivi, it is great help for this. Thanks and Love, nia

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  9. How absolutely ghastly for you! Yes, I did wonder where you’d disappeared to, but assumed you were either too busy to blog, or on vacation. Take it easy until your’e fully back to health and strength again. *hugs*

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  10. oh my, the dreaded flu can sure wreak havoc on your body and life. Glad you are feeling better and hopefully feeling truly well.

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  11. Ahh bless you it’s nce to see you. Do you have flu vaccines over there? I have one every autumn since I had swine flu a few years ago.

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    • Yes, Gilly, we have flu shots and pneumonia and shingles preventative shots. I just never got the opportunity to get the. I suppose with my health issues it wouldn’t have made that much of a difference.
      I’m doing real well again and happy to see everyone. xoxo

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