I’ve been fighting off a cold for over a week now and I am about ready to surrender. Feeling perpetually run-down gets real old after about two days and I’m on day ten. I actually skipped Mardi Gras in Soulard this year because I was worried about being outside all day in the weather!
So in the spirit of a low-energy Friday, today’s list is all about avoiding illness.
Top 5 Things I Do When I’m Getting Sick
1. Pill up
When it comes to cold medication drugs I say yes to pretty much everything. My first line of defense is always Advil Cold and Sinus. Pseudoephedrine is quite possibly the best drug ever invented1. After loading up on this, I’ll supplement it with Cold-Eez and Vitamin C pills. If the situation appears to be getting worse I’ll bust out the big gun – NyQuil – but only if I’m planning on being out of commission for the next 24 hours.
2. Avoid taking time off of work
For years, the opposite was true; I was always trying to burn off some of my never ending sick leave. Now that my job uses Paid Time Off, I’m determined not to waste any of my time for a stupid cold. It really is the best motivator available for keeping employees honest about their sickness.
3. Sleep like I’m unemployed
Normally Megan does the lion’s share of sleeping in our house, except when I’m avoiding a cold. I went to bed before Meg last nite for the first time in months. In fact, I’m thinking about taking a nap right now.
4. Eat comfort food
Normally I at least try and eat healthy, but it goes right out the window if I’m feeling sick. Somehow I rationalize eating fried foods as if they’re just what my body needs to start feeling better.
When I was younger, I liked to put up a tough front and pretend I wasn’t sick. According to Megan, this is no longer the case. Apparently I’ve replaced this with lying on the couch and whining.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go eat some french fries on the couch.
1. And thanks to all the meth heads in Missouri, I may soon need a doctor’s prescription to purchase anything with this wonderful drug in it. But as long as they don’t outlaw pseudoephedrine, I’ll jump through whatever hoops necessary to get it.