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Having a cold is no fun times for sure. It still isn’t a very big deal but if you are not careful (and do what I did) then it can (and probably will) become a big deal.
Apparently, I have become an expert on how to turn a common cold into a more than 1 month lasting sickness.
Besides causing you pain, these long-lasting colds are SO boring. They limit you in everything you do (like cleaning my home for Christmas or hurting so much to the point of not being able to even type on my keyboard).
So if you don’t want to end up like me, taking sick leave from work for a whole week and not being able to shake off the annoying cold here are the things not to do (pretty much in order of importance):
#1 Not Taking It Seriously
And thinking: Oh it will go away. Sure, sometimes the cold might just go away easily and without much effort, but this way of thinking is a trouble waiting to happen.
I guess I’ve been lucky so far, or maybe younger, so my body fought the colds quite easy: drinking hot tea and taking a couple of pills did the trick and after 2-3 days I’d be cured.
Well, not this time!
I was reckless and exposing myself to more cold-increasing situations. I am paying for it too long now.
#2 Not Going To The Doctor Or Waiting Too Long To Go
I truly don’t like doctors. Maybe it is my country, but so far they have helped me so little that I have simply stopped trusting them. Yes, they will give you some medications but if the matter is somewhat complicated they have been unable to help me (so I do have some chronic diseases, not life-threatening though).
I have seent his same thing happen over and over in my life. Ok, they can perform a minor operation or sew some cuts but it all falls into the category of routine operations. Anything outside the routine and they fail miserably.
And not just humans: vets are the worst in my opinion. I no longer allow any vet to perform anything else other than giving injections or infusions to my pets. No cuts inside their bodies (except sterilization but that is routine work). Too many of my beloved cats and dogs have been just mutilated and still died in horrible pains and after much suffering from their hands.
So if you have a cold lasting for more than 2 days (maybe even earlier if you feel it is not the usual cold symptoms) do go to the doctor at least for a consultation. This visit can prevent something more serious to become out of your simple, untreated cold.
#3 Not Sticking To The Prescribed Therapy
Guess what: I did this twice! Therapies are boring you know (facepalm). No wonder a have a lingering cold and the worse cough that won’t go away.
What my doctor told me is that you have to take antibiotics for a minimum of 7 days, and I quit them the first time after 4 days, and the second time after 5 days. I am worse than a child.
In my defense, my stomach hurts really bad when I take antibiotics up to the point of throwing up after eating or simply when brushing my teeth. A small irritation would make me throw up.
Nowadays when a doctor gives an antibiotic they also tell you to take probiotics to preserve your gut flora.
#4 Not Taking Supplements (Natural And Pharma) To Boost Your Immune System
I wasn’t so bad at this department actually: I did drink a whole bottle of anti-coughing syrup which did absolutely nothing for my cough but my consistency here is a positive sign (mostly because the thing was sweet and kinda yummy).
I bought two jars of natural honey from a coworker and I enjoy it very much.
I am not drinking tea but I bought a bottle of rum to mix it with tea, you know to warm my chest. The tea part is yet to be consumed but I can tell you the rum goes very well with cold Coca Cola lol.
A coworker suggested I take these immune system booster pills, recommended to her by a pharma person in her family (like an insider tip I guess):
The moment I am off the antibiotics I am buying this.
#5 Not Keeping Warm
I am the first one to always keep warm but my home was as if a bomb landed on it. Since I came back from Istanbul, where I earned my famous cold, I haven’t been able to clean and finally, it drove me so crazy that I had to do something. Exposing myself to cold air when cleaning and vacuuming did no good for my health.
Now I am staying in a warm room and it is doing wonders for my cold. Warmth really does help so make sure to follow this rule.
Quick tip: if you feel like you can’t warm yourself enough go ahead and take a hot shower. Make sure you stay really warm after the shower or you’ll make it even worse!
#6 Not Getting Enough Sleep
Rest is so important for your body recovery so if you skip on this step you are only making it harder and longer. Sleeping also warms you up and this combination of sleep and warmth will regenerate your health faster.
#7 Having A Stressful Environment And Staying In It
Sometimes I am so stressed out at work that I stop feeling cold or pain. It’s like I’m in a trans and when I wake up I realize what I’m doing to myself. It is possible that I’ve contributed to this cold by not covering myself up during working hours, like at one point I am hot so I take some clothes off and then as the air gets colder I don’t notice it. Like that experimental frog in a boiling water (what an awful experiment), only the other way around, first hot then cold.
Stress makes you ignore the signals that your body sends so make sure you are extra perceptive or remove yourself from the stressful environment. You’ll heal faster which is good both for you and your work.
#8 Not Accepting Help From Family
It’s just the way that I am and my family is the way that they are. I’d rather do it myself but sometimes you just can’t do it all by yourself. So if possible consider accepting help.
I still haven’t done this, it’s just easier for me than dealing with drama.
#9 Not Spending Money On Suggested Medical Devices
Maybe the device your doctor recommends sounds too expensive? Well, think about it: if your health deteriorates you’ll be spending far more money on more medications than do everything you can NOW to prevent it.
I did hesitate a moment for getting a portable nebulizer for easing up a cough but when my doctor wrote a prescription I did buy one. This is my conclusion: it does help. Not tremendously but it does help.
I only inhaled one ampule so far but only because I stretched my lower back muscles from coughing so much yesterday that even typing on my keyboard hurt. I could not cough and I wanted so badly! I was pretty much in hell yesterday but today is better.
Even this one inhaled ampule made a difference. So I highly recommend it if you have a cough but do consult with a medical person.
You buy it once and you have it for all your next colds (hopefully you won’t use it often though).
This is the portable nebulizer for home use that I recommend:
These nebulizers are so easy to use, you just connect the parts, put the medicine in the chamber, put on the mask, turn the electric on and inhale. Definitely worth the investment.
Now I see that I did not have a bag of filters included in my package (I have a piconeb, the only thing I could find at the moment, feeling sick and all) but hopefully they sell separately.
- 1 #1 Not Taking It Seriously
- 2 #2 Not Going To The Doctor Or Waiting Too Long To Go
- 3 #3 Not Sticking To The Prescribed Therapy
- 4 #4 Not Taking Supplements (Natural And Pharma) To Boost Your Immune System
- 5 #5 Not Keeping Warm
- 6 #6 Not Getting Enough Sleep
- 7 #7 Having A Stressful Environment And Staying In It
- 8 #8 Not Accepting Help From Family
- 9 #9 Not Spending Money On Suggested Medical Devices