Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There's A Chill in the Air

Or maybe it's just germs.

I read online somewhere that cold and flu season lasts from May to October. By that tally, we should be nearing the end of it. 


We were fairly healthy from May until the first week of September (also known around here as the first week of school). Since then its been running noses, sore throats, coughing, aching bodies, respiratory infections, and - I shudder to even type the words - gastrointestinal distress.

These past few weeks have given me a lot of opportunity to ponder what I want around when my brood and I aren't feeling well. It can be hard to call to mind the goods when feeling chipper; so here's a list I've put together of "necessaries" in case you have a friend who's ill.

The Sick Call Goody Basket

Ibprophen (Adult or Children's)

Emergen-C's (or their poor cousin "Essence C," hehe. Click here for a free sample of the real stuff.)

Vicks VapoRub (apply to the chest or to the bottoms of the feet for young ones)

Epsom Salts (to soak that achy body)

Throat Lozenges (we like these, but they're not for the faint of heart)


Ginger Ale

Smart Water with Electrolytes (Is this a gimmick? Possibly, but some I know swear it makes a difference.)



An Easy Paper Back (bring on the fluff)

Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and it depends on the invalid (s) involved, but it's something to get you started. What would you add?


  1. its so weird but we got a cold over here too as soon as september started! but not that gastro-intestinal thing. dear lord, why does that have to happen already? another good thing to get for sickies is sambucus syrup. a couple drops in their drink a few times a day does the trick. maybe a good probiotic kefir drink too if they can stomach it. and netflix. ohhhhh netflix.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Nicole. I've never heard of sambucus syrup, I'll have to check it out! And the kefir drink, that's a great idea, too.

  3. yeah, its made from elderberries and you can even make it yourself. mary h. posted about it here. http://www.betterthaneden.com/2014/02/five-favorites-somehow-staying-healthy.html i just buy it already made from wegmans. my sil kristin told me about it and since she is a nurse and all, thought i would try it ;)


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