Hi friends! Happy Monday.
Looks like you get a few bonus posts because you have a sick blogger. 🙂 I post weekly on Tuesday and Thursdays, but will add an extra post or two in if time or creativity permits.
Let’s just say over the past few days I’ve watched enough HGTV to feel confident enough to tell Drew everything we need to do to our house. My very favorite show is Fixer Upper + Drew just became a big fan of Flip or Flop. Any other big HGTV fans out there?!
I also had a lot of time to plan upcoming blog posts and started planning a BalancedAmes facelift…I’m really excited to bring you a new look with better functionality. Stay tuned!
I’m finally starting to feel like myself! 🙂 My energy is back + every symptom except for a sore throat + cough are gone. I did cough for about an hour before being able to fall asleep last night, but hopefully that gets better + better too.
My doctor said there is SO much junk going around right now. I would highly recommend (as always) sleeping enough, staying hydrated, washing your hands often, working out, + eating well as ways to keep healthy + keep your immune system ready for action.
If you do happen to get sick, I wanted to share a few tips to get you on the road to recovery.
Tips for Recovery
- Rest + sleep. Our immune systems don’t stand a chance if we don’t sleep enough, especially if you are starting to get sick. When we are sick, we do need more rest + sleep to get better. There were 2 days that I didn’t even leave bed except to eat, shower, and go to the doctor. That’s what my body needed. I also haven’t worked out at all. I’m thinking about doing a nice + easy upper body lift today to get back in the game. I would highly recommend taking a break from working out if you have full body symptoms (fever, chills, aches, malaise), because this adds even more stress to our already stressed bodies and could prolong your road to recovery.
- Welcome help. When Drew said, do you need anything?! I would ask him to bring a new drink, my medicine, or whatever else I needed. He also brought me home Panera + prepared food all weekend. Additionally, my mom, sister, + best friend all offered to come over to help. Although I didn’t need them to, it was comforting to know it would’ve been that easy if Drew wasn’t available. Thanks husband for being such a good nurse. 🙂
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Duh, right? But, hydration is SO important to get better. This continues to be really important for my cough as it helps to thin mucus + soothes a dry + sore throat. It is helping to clear toxins + get you better.
- Listen to your doctor. After seeing my doctor on Friday, she made it abundantly clear not to go to work. She wrote a note for the whole weekend of shifts because she knew 12 hour night-shifts weren’t going to make any of this better. As a co-worker, I really don’t like when people come to work visibly struggling to be there. It just puts everyone at risk for getting the same thing + our immunocompromised patients at risk. I know there are certain circumstances (ex. how much sick time you have) that make it really hard to call in, but think about what is best for you + everyone else.
- Shower. Maybe it’s because I am a nurse, but I didn’t skip a day of showering. On Friday it was the only thing that made it better when I felt super uncomfortable + hot. I lived in pajamas, robes, + no makeup…but, a shower is key for me.
- Be thankful. Sounds weird, I know. But being sick always makes me SO thankful for my health. I haven’t been this sick + Drew has never seen me this sick….ever. This makes me an incredibly blessed person.
I hope everyone is staying healthy! Tomorrow I’m bringing you a really awesome interview, so come back to check that out! 🙂 -Ames