I have gleaned from my increasing interest in enjoying soups at mealtime, and the frequency with which I have to hide my face in my scarf after being coughed at by strangers on the bus, that the season of colds, flus and other ickinesses is now upon us.
I am now applying hand sanitizer.
I am now continuing typing.
I know that science says that being cold doesnâ€™t give you a cold, but there is a distinct chill in the air and, well, you canâ€™t argue with the bloodshot-eyed lineup of snot trolls at the pharmacy clutching night-time cold pills and copies of People Magazine.
I fell prey to a nasty infection last week, despite frequent exercise and hand-washing, and it was totally bum (this is my new phrase for illness). I had to go to my parentsâ€™ house for a time, for which I felt extremely guilty, because I was in such a stinky mood and I didnâ€™t want to inflict them with it. But, despite being an adult, I also didnâ€™t feel well and wanted my mommy, so, yâ€™knowâ€¦
While I stuck out my week of bed-rest, I did many things in a desperate attempt to speed recovery. And now that I am well again, I realize in healthy hindsight how completely ridiculous most of my â€śstrategiesâ€ť were. So, to save you from similar sickness time-sucks, I have compiled a hopefully helpful list of things that will definitely not make you any better during your illnessâ€¦ and a few things that might.
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