Last Saturday everything seemed normal enough; I was hanging out with my son at a friend’s house in his patio watching Scarface on his big screen while a nice breeze was hitting us from behind. I was loving it with a Bud Light in one hand and my finger-pointing at the screen with the other saying, “Watch this part, I love this part,” a handful of times.
A couple of hours later, on my way home (I only had two beers, by the way), I started feeling congested in my nasal area and I passed it off as my body’s response to the that cool breeze that had been surrounding us for more than three hours. Later that night, I had a fever of 102.7. I took two Advil Liqui-Gels and went to sleep.
When I woke up the next morning, I felt like I had been run over by a train! My entire body ached; I’m talking there wasn’t an extremity on my body that didn’t hurt and the fever would not go away no matter how I cursed at it! I was so weak that I could not even stand up. I considered going to the hospital and my wife, bless her heart, said, “Relax, quit being such a big baby, I’ll take care of you.”
It was at that point that I came to terms with the fact that I had the flu, something I had not experienced in over 10 years. I had forgotten what it had felt like but quickly remembered how agonizing it could be once I found it difficult to even get out of bed.
My wife went and got me 5 of those big bottles of sugar-free Gatorade and I began pounding the liquids into my body. I ate normal for the next three days; I didn’t want to deprive my stomach of its food figuring I needed to keep up my strength so I had pancakes and cereal for breakfast, whole wheat pasta dishes for lunch, and chicken or steak for dinner. Even though I was eating well in an attempt to stay strong, I was so weak I cold barely make it down the stairs and into the kitchen on a couple of occasions so I asked my wife to simply bring the food up to the room.
I had plenty of ferocious headaches throughout the first three days and whenever it became unbearable or if I felt the fever was getting dangerously high, I popped two Advil Liqui-Gels. I started “Googling” how to quickly get over the flu and didn’t really learn anything I didn’t know such as how you need to let the flu run its course; duh!
It is now the third day and last night I could tell my fever was trying hard to fight the infection. heck, I think it succeeded! I woke up in a pool of sweat and quickly showered at 8:00 A.M. and guess what? I could actually stand up and I felt much better. I am definitely on the way to full recovery and by tomorrow, I would imagine I will feel far better than I do now.
So, what do I attribute my impending recovery to?
I will always swear by the fact that you don’t have to do anything fancy to quickly recover from the flu. All you need to bear in mind is the following:
- Stay hydrated big-time! Don’t drink those carbonated sugary drinks called sodas; drink sugar-free Gatorade or other sports drinks so you can constantly replenish your electrolytes.
- Eat as you would normally, if possible. I was able to eat small meals and keep my food down. According to may studies I read, starving a flu is not a good idea. You need nutrients to aid and speed up the recovery process.
- Rest! Stay in bed and watch as many movies as you like. If you’re a single parent, whip up something quick for your kids and jump back into bed! While you are at it, make certain you sleep whenever your body is asking you to.