Friday, February 27, 2015

Chicken Soup, Gingera Ale and Plenty of Rest


Best flu remedy ever - chicken soup!

The old home remedies really do work folks. In addition to my incapacity with my injured leg, I had a bad cold.  This one was the flu.  So much for my flu vaccine.  Last year was the only year that I didn't catch the flu.  Each year I get the flu vaccine and each year (except for last year) I get the flu.  

The ONLY soda for flu upset stomach - Schweeps doesn't work


Well, the fever broke last night.  I'm losing track of time here but yesterday (or was it the day before yesterday?) I was in bed all day and all night sleeping off and on.  I was exhausted and feeling terrible.  Not just because of my leg but because of . . . . yes . . . you guess it although I was in self-denial . . . I had the flu.  

I can always tell the signs of the flu.  For one thing I ache all over, I don't have an appetite, I feel like I have to constantly urinate and I have "that cough."  You know the kind, that hurts and brings up the yellow-green mucus. I apologize if I'm grossing anyone out. 

The overall feeling is of one you just want to lie down and die.  

Time for Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup and Canada Dry Ginger Ale.  Sure salt ladened soup and sugar ladened soda but hey, that's what works for me when I have a bad cold or flu (I have a hard time distinguishing the difference between the two).   I knew I was really sick when I didn't have the taste for my usual late night Key Lime pie with strawberries for dessert.

Instead of sleeping all day yesterday I laid in bed with my injured leg horizontal and binged watched five "Judge Judy" episodes I had on my DVR recordings.  I had lunch of chicken soup and my hummus wrap (which, again I didn't have an appetite for, thus how I knew I was sick), then took my usual afternoon nap in my sunny, solar warmed bedroom.  I have the best bedroom for convalescing bar none.

Convalescing with Judge Judy and Bert 

Waking up, at four PM, I struggled out of bed (that's all I do with this injured leg is struggle and envy people who can walk around on two legs). and spent some time with Bill.  I prepared a light dinner (chicken soup again) and then back to bed.  More "Judge Judy" then "Millionaire Matchmaker" with Patti Stanger (don't be judging . . . . . I LOVE that show).   

Patti Stanger - my guilty pleasure


Eleven o'clock rolls around and I'm off to Dreamland again but not before taking a swig of Niquil.  

I wake up at 2 AM and I am soaked.  My flannel sheets are soaked, my T-shirt is soaked and my tight-whities are soaked.  And . . . . could it be?  I actually felt human again.  Still sick mind you, sick had a bum leg that I'm struggling with but I actually felt like I had a reason to live.

I went back to bed but this morning I had to wash everything.  Sheets and myself.  With this bum leg I only take a shower every three days (don't judge) because it is such a struggle.  Thank goodness I can take my leg brace off and wash my blue and purple leg, unlike when I had a hip to ankle leg cast in 1962 on my right leg that I couldn't take off for six weeks and my leg stunk to high Heaven when the doctor broke of my leg cast.

I knew I had made progress with my flu when I coughed up some big pieces of greenish yellow phlegm this morning.  Imagine that stuff in your lungs.  No wonder people die from the flu.  

I'm still weak and need plenty of bed rest.  I sent Bill to the store this morning for some food.  This is the first time he's ever done that and he was nervous.  Only four things; 73% hamburger, frozen Famous Fries, one red onion and a dozen eggs.  He had to take an old bag of Famous Fries.  What takes me ten minutes took him over an hour to get but he was successful.  He said "They have that stuff spread all out over the store!" And he said he had the hardest time finding a red onion.  I said "Did you look in the vegetable section?"  He doesn't know a vegetable section.  Folks, I'm not kidding you, Bill is helpless and clueless on the household side of things here.  He's great at handyman activities but cooking, shopping, paying the bills, and running a household?  You're looking at it right here . . . . moi!~.  Do you know the fifty some years we've been together Bill has only cooked one meal for me? And it was a disaster.  But then I wouldn't know how to put up a backsplash either so I guess the household chores all even out.  

Well folks, I have to get now.  I've told you how uncomfortable it is to sit at my computer with my left leg extended whilst I type my ruminations. 




20 comments:

  1. Ron,

    Really happy to hear you're feeling better. Yeah, Campbell's chicken soup always works for me to, don't know why, must be some secret ingratiate. Drinking some Sleepytime Herbal Tea at the moment. I'm not sick or anything, I just find it relaxing once in a while. Keep getting better and hope it goes well Tuesday.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      I just finished a whole can of Campbell's Homestyle Chicken soup. I feel better already.
      Ron

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  2. Ron,

    Glad to hear you are feeling better! I only shower every three days unless I work out in the yard, but that is due to the water shortage not a bum leg. I really miss long showers and baths, but I do my very best to conserve everywhere I can. I am wishing for another big rain storm!

    Cindy from Sonoma

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    1. Cindy,
      I forgot about the water shortage in California. We don't have that problem here on the East coast of Delaware but we still conserve water. No use wasting it. But the lawns do get sprinkled in the summer, I have a special well just for that function. Thanks for your good wishes.
      Ron

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  3. I love chicken soup and ginger ale. And key lime pie. But I can't stand Judge Judy or Patti Stanger. They could easily turn a straight man gay. Sometimes there are advantages to being incapacitated, Ron. It's wonderful just to relax and do nothing. Take care and get well soon. That sounds like a cliche, but I mean it.

    I'm still hurting from my fall on the ice and I keep sneezing (cold? allergy??).

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    1. Jon,
      We agree on half! I've always loved Judge Judy. Bill can't stand her. I don't like any of the other Judge Judy wannabees though, like Judge Mabeline or the guy judges, who seem to come and go but Judge Judy stays, the highest paid TV personality with her syndicated show. She does her homework. I like her showing up the self-deluded who can't see the wrong that they do. The other judges are just clowns.
      Patti Stanger? She's so bad she's good. If she's such a great matchmaker, why isn't she married? That face, those trout lips . . . . the phoniness . . . . . and L.A. Now that I've been to L.A. I especially like seeing the L.A. backdrop scenes. While I've been binge watching I watched her try to hookup Perez Hilton with another gay guy. Again, so bad it was good. All the glitz, shallowness, phoniness. And it hasn't escaped my notice that most of her "matches" are failures. This is just a clown show and I love it! Harmless, escapist entertainment.
      Today is the first day in two days that I felt like I was going to live. Only two more days until I find the extent of the damage to the cartilage and ligaments of my knee. I'm glad I can take the time off and Bill is here to help (I can't imagine doing this myself as I can't imagine you managing by yourself). But I am so looking forward to being back to normal. Soon I hope! Be very careful Jon, you don't want to happen to you what happened to me.
      Ron

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  4. Ron,
    All of the sodium in the chicken soup and the sugar in the soda replace some of what you are not getting when you're not sick with the flu. I am not surprised that you're sick, with your frequent visits to the hospital and the doctor they are all hot beds of viruses and bacteria right now.
    Glad you are on the mend, at least with the flu. The knee will come later.
    Jack

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    1. Jack,
      After two days of the depths of the flu, I feel like I'mm coming back to life again. Thank you for your concern and be very careful when you're out walking on snow and ice or just plane walking. You can fall at anytime and get like me in a second. You don't want that to happen.
      Ron

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  5. Comfort foods at the right time. It is good to hear from you.

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    1. Thank you David. It is good to be able to sit at this computer and communicate with my friends. I've been out of it the past two days. I'm coming back to life now.
      Ron

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  6. Colds, flu... are just a pain and unfortunately, a yearly occurrence for some. On the plus side, if you had to get the flu, it was the best time for you. I am so glad Bill is here for you, even if he has to get out of his comfort zone.
    (I have been extremely busy at work. I am sorry if I miss some posts and do not comment often).

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    1. Nadege,
      Good to hear from you. I think I"m over the worst of my flu. The past two days I didn't even put on my pants, just stayed in bed and felt like dying I'm coming out of it now. Thank goodness for Bill. What would I do without him?
      Ron

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  7. Ron - I'm beginning to think that maybe you've been selected for a modern day Job. Well, at least with all the trials and tribulations. When I had the flu I would go thru a couple of 2 liter gingerales no problem. That's just short of 3 quarts. Pumping all that sugar into me - but it would make me feel better. And then I'd eat a lot of soda crackers. Funny - definitely not healthy fare but I always got better and felt better for it. Hope this passes soon!!

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    1. Pat,
      Like my Mother before she died, Wayne was angry at me. The thought went though my head more than a few times that he "pushed me." Of course that's not true but it does seem like an odd coincidence doesn't it?
      I'm finally coming out of it. Water wasn't even tasting good. I'm finally getting my appetite back. It's going to be good to eat regular food again. Thanks for your good wishes.
      Ron

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  8. Orange soda. I must have orange soda when I am sick. I don't drink soda ever! Never! But eh pen I'm sick I must have orange soda.
    Hope you are better soon.

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    1. Karen,
      Orange soda would work for me too! I hadn't thought of it but now that you mentioned it, I will buy some for the next time I get the flu, which will happen I'm sure. Every year I get a flu shot and every year, except last year, I got the flu. Best be prepared with the soda. I like the Canada Dry Ginger Ale in the small glass bottles instead of the big plastic bottles. Thanks for your good wishes Karen.
      Ron

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  9. Hello Ron, I do hope you're feeling better soon. I'm sure by this Summer you will be back out on the disco floor showing us youngsters how it's done! I've been lucky no hard core flu,yet for me. Maybe just the 2-3 months of SAD. But when I'm sick lots of 7-up and orange juice, but no vodka or tequila. Oh and wheat toast and chicken noodle soup. I hope you enjoyed the card I sent. Got my fingers crossed the MRI is positive. Randy in NEB.

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    1. Randy,
      Thanks a lot of the get well card! What a pleasant surprise. That was just what I needed. I'm looking forward tot the results of my MRI on Tuesday and getting my life back to normal.
      Ron

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  10. Ron, One more thing. There is a lady at the local drug store lunch counter (yes we still have one of those in Nebraska) This lady looks a lot like Patti there.

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    1. Randy,
      I think Patti Stanger is cool looking with all that make-up and trout lips. Just shows what you can do with very little. She fascinates me.
      Ron

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