Well, the bad germs hit us this weekend. Saturday morning the little ladies both got up with high fevers, sore throats- “like I’ve never felt before,” claimed Fauna, and swollen glands. The day continued with Fauna not talking and barely moving, she couldn’t even watch the silly Halloween shows we had running. Araina sat in a daze, staring at the TV, but she would interact with Dave and me. Araina’s fever got over 103, not quite 104; however, she actually seemed better off than Fauna although Fauna’s temp never went above 102. 8! Fauna started throwing up late that evening; ” just lovely,” I thought to myself. Fauna slept on the couch that night with Dave close by on the recliner. I slept with Araina; constantly getting up to check heads and administer fever reducing meds to both girls. Araina woke up Sunday morning screaming of a horrible stomach ache; she ended up with diarrhea that day (thank goodness there was not more vomit)! Fevers were lower as the day went on, color came back to their cheeks, little lady laughs could be heard. Shoooo, the worst was over! Now, I can’t tell you for sure if this is H1N1, we haven’t gotten the little ladies tested. The doctor’s over the phone weekend diagnosis was…..”banking on H1N1, that is the dominate virus going around here right now and they have all the symptoms.”
I love knowing flu traditions of other people; what they do to help ease the symptoms. Here are some of mine-
1. Essential oils- tea tree, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus. I mix 5 drops lavender, 5 drops eucalyptus and 5 drops tea tree into 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil. I rub a little of this mixture onto necks and swollen glands. Mmmm, it smells so medicinal. The little ladies also love eucalyptus and rosemary baths. The eucalyptus opens the nasal passages and the rosemary is a great pneumonia preventative. I also like to simmer rosemary and eucalyptus in a pot of water on the stove to cleanse the air.
2. A cozy patchwork blanket made of cotten flannel. My mom has made each of us many of these amazing quilts! We snuggle in them on the couch in front of a warm wood fire. A hot water bottle under the blanket is comforting when a fever brings the chills too.
3. Warm tea made of lemon, thyme, sage, ginger, peppermint and lemonbalm in these cute owl mugs given to us by my sister Robin. We add 1 tablespoon of our elderberry syrup to each cup. It tastes great and we drink it throughout the day when we are sick. After this weekend we have used up half of our elderberry syrup reserves already. I think I’m going to have to make some more. We drank a lot and I really believe it cut the girls sick time in half! Can’t forget the cinnamon toast to eat with the tea! Cinnamon toast is a flu tradition passed down from my grandma to my mom, to my sisters and me, and now to my little ladies.
4. When an appetite hits, we eat Amy’s No Chicken Noodle Soup, with a cup of garbanzo beans added to it. Being vegetarians this is the best thing to replace grandma’s chicken noodle soup. It is delicious and always hits the spot! For some fantastic homemade soup recipes visit Annie at Sensible Living.
5. And finally, herbal ice pops are one of our favorite ways to help reduce fevers and increase liquid intake. We also have the store bought sugar free ones on hand.
Today the little ladies are off the couch, playing outside, doing yoga and eating like they haven’t eaten for weeks! I can’t believe how quickly they have recovered!
Fauna is not quite her usual self though, she is very congested and always has a tissue box nearby. Araina is great, you would have never known she was even sick. Dave has been running low fevers, bones ache, and swollen glands. I’m very tired with swollen glands but no fevers…..maybe Dave should have been drinking the tea with elderberry syrup with us!
*Note: I am not a doctor and don’t claim to be. These methods are what work for my family and are not substituted for seeing a doctor.