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All the things I forget to do when I'm sick.
by Rebecca on March 17th, 2015

Scratchy throat. Why, hello there old friend. I've known you since I was about 8 years old. You bring terrible news everytime you show up, and your weather report lasts 18 days. Yes, 18 days. I know you too well, scratchy throat, and you actually arrive on day 3 of the 2.5 weeks nonsense. On day 1, I'm unexplainably tired, but I attribute it to just that - I'm tired - get me an afternoon iced coffee. But no, in retrospect I always wish I remembered that you're coming for me, scratchy throat, because you don't just go away. On day 4, I groggily greet the heaviness between my eyeballs. On day 5, I wake up with mucous brewing deep in the center of my head. It moves. Side to side, forward and back, but just makes a cozy home in there. By day 6 I'm feverish and pounding non-aspirins and cough drops. On day 7 the sinuses feel like a 7 ton semi-truck is patiently sitting on them, revving it's engine every so often, and I'm begging the mucous to come out and breathe some fresh air. It does come out, pouring out, for the next week, long enough for post nasal drip to become a thing, and by day 11 a cough is in full effect. The disgusting cough lingers till day 18, if I'm lucky to bid adieu to it that quickly.

I have SINUSITUS. The above scenario used to happen to me a minimum of 6 times a year, from age 9 to age 16. After that it was 8-10 times a year. Common cold? Flu? Doesn't exist for me. Within hours it becomes a sinus infection. The year I turned 28 (in 2011), I had a continuous sinus infection from January 6 through Labor Day. January 6 was the day I had sinus surgery. Those 9 months that followed, my body could not recover from the surgery, thus reverted to it's default breakdown: sinus infections. I was pumped with 20 rounds of anti-biotics and steroids that year. On Labor Day I threw out my back, and scheduled my first acupuncture visit. I saw a great acupuncturist every other week for 2 years straight. He treated the body as a whole, rather than just isolating symptoms. He created specific herbal medicinal teas for all of what was going on in my body, and helped me boost my immune system and fight off the candida that had built up.

Flabbergasted at the results of the surgery, my E.N.T. recommended I have a blood test for food allergies. The results were monumental in my recovery: I had allergies to beef, chocolate, bananas and yeast. I ate all of those almost daily. My allergic reactions to these foods include heart burn, sore throat and feeling queasy. Some of these symptoms are bearable, but overall, if I overload my body with these foods, well, the "day 3 scratchy throat" ultimately comes.

I have made it my duty to keep my immune system in tip top shape. My sinus infections have gone from happening every 4 weeks, to happening maybe 4-5 times a year, which is huge for me. Sometimes I can even fight them off by day 6 or so.

So why am I writing all this? Well, today is day 6, and I'm fighting it off hard! But this crazy thing happens to me when I'm feeling the least bit sick: I forget everything I'm supposed to do to get healthy! So, right now, before I get any more sick days under my belt, I'm going to do my best to remember everything I need to do that brings improvement. That way I can refer to it the next time day 1 rolls around.
Tips from Ivy & Co. when you
1. Drink Emergen-C a few times a day.
2. Take a nap.
3. Don't stay up late.
4. Drink lots of water.
5. Put peppermint oil on the roof of my mouth.
6. Inhale essential oils, via cupped hands, put on chest, or in a diffuser. (Breathe, Eucalyptus, Peppermint)
7. Swish coconut oil.
8. Take vitamins. Omega 3s, Vitamin B, Congaplex, etc.
9. Do a nasal rinse with 4 drops of betadine and saline solution. Honest, the betadine is for your worst case sinus scenarios, a.k.a. me.
10. Eat fresh fruits, veggies & miso soup. Acai bowls are a dream when I'm sick (and well!)

BONUS: Stay positive. I spent many years pissed off at the slightest sore throat. I just miserably succumbed to the fact that I'd be functioning with a sinus infection for 18 days. Oh, I'd get so mad. But I think a lot of that turned into "poor me", rather than, "it's time to take care of myself." Negativity brings stress, and stress breaks down the immune system.

I'm not being paid by Emergen-C or doTerra or anyone else on my list. I'm also no doctor or naturopath. This is just what I've found works for me. Everyone's health journey is different. What do you do to stay healthy? What would you add to this list? Feel free to pin or share this post, so you don't forget what to do when you're sick!

Pray for day 7....
Aloha, Rebecca

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