As the proud owner of a sinus infection, I’m home from work again today (don’t even get me started on the stress of being out of my classroom on a Monday!) and cannot drag myself out of bed. Considering my head is so cloudy and full of pressure that I almost just fell down the stairs (graceful, as always), thinking is not a strong suit today. I’m currently being kept company by a fluffy down comforter, a super-snuggly Puggle, and a mason jar filled with chocolate (that I can’t taste anyway) from a baby shower I went to yesterday.
So, instead of treating you to a blog post filled with the kind of fever-inspired rambling you may or may not have just made it through in the first paragraph, I’m going to quickly give you my sure-fire cures for colds and fevers. And by sure-fire, I mean anything is possible. Still, give them a try if you’re under the weather. Note: They will not work at all unless you are wearing pajamas. All day.
1. Yogi Green Tea Energy with local honey. This can be found in my travel mug every morning. My brother introduced me to Yogi tea during a trip to Whole Foods and I was quickly addicted. And, each bag has a tag with a wise inspirational and/or spiritual quote. Whether it helps ward off illness, who knows. It’s irrelevant when you consider that my tea is clearly wiser than your tea. So there.
2. Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup OR Chicken Flavored Top Ramen. Let me answer a few questions here before we even start. Yes, I am an adult. Yes, I have seen the sodium content in both of these soups and am aware that dehydration is not exactly helpful when you’re sick. Yes, I’m aware that there are much healthier chicken soup options and, indeed, I prefer not to have any vegetables getting in the way of the noodles. This is what my mom always gave us when we were sick as kids. I will admit that I have been disappointed to receive homemade chicken noodle soup from a well-meaning family member. The magic healing powers in these two soups come from the understanding that they were always served with a kiss on the forehead from mom, which is all I really want when I have a cold or a fever. Call it the ‘comfort factor,’ but it works.
3. Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. I have no explanation for how this works, except magic. That’s a good enough reason for me.
4. Puppies. They have a healing power all their own. They know when you’re sick. They know when you need a little extra TLC and they’re happy to oblige. My puppy, Layla, hasn’t left my side all day. Literally – She was part of the reason I almost fell down the stairs earlier. She’s an expert snuggler/heating pad and will be happier than any living creature could hope to be if you’ll stay in bed and cuddle with her all day. And really, who doesn’t need just a little extra love and attention when they’re sick?
Now that I’ve shared my top-secret cures, I’m going back to sleep because, as you know, there is no way I’m taking another sick day tomorrow. G’night.