Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I Surrender, I Surrender!!!

Lots is going on...some okay, some not so okay. Honestly, there are those days when I feel like throwing up the white flag and saying, "I Surrender!"

I've got the "Snifflin, sneezing, I need to rest" crud. Don't worry though, I'm a good patient when I'm sick. I rarely complain unless I'm near unconsciousness! :) (Seriously, my daughters will attest to that one.) Just when I thought I was feeling a bit better, wham! I got ran over again...this time, it must've been by a little old lady in a scooter with germ cooties or something.

What makes me feel good when I've got the not so feel good blues? Top Ramen or Cream of Chicken Soup and a new discovery that I now like quite a bit...

Ginger Ale Green Tea

It reminds me of when I was a little girl and my mom's "remedy" was lemon tea (boiled sliced lemons) and honey. At the slightest sniff or wheeze, we'd be sent to bed with the anticipation of drinking the tea "while it was hot".

Another thing that my mom was good for was slathering Vicks's Vapor Rub all over the chest and then putting 10 billion blankets on me so I could "sweat it out". I didn't feel like I was sweating, I felt like I was being overcome by the vapor fumes. To this day, I sweat when I smell Vick's Vapor Rub.

Then, don't think she didn't mix healthy remedies with the medicinal remedies....cod liver oil! Blechhhhhhh!! I don't know what person came up with the idea that a teaspoon of cod liver oil mixed in a cup of orange juice would fix what ailed me. If anything, it made it worse. The taste of the cod liver oil stayed in my system for hours, only to burp and reminisce about it all over again.

I do admit that one of the best things about being twins was knowing that my twin sister would end up sick too. That meant having company in the "sick room". We'd read books and sleep and then tell jokes and play with our stuffed animals and then when we were feeling a bit better, jump on the beds until we heard footsteps coming down the hallway, then it was back to laying down "being sick".

What are your childhood memories of when you were sick?


lagirl/Sweet Tea said...

a LONG needle full of penecillin - that's what I remember. Any time I was sick enough to be taken to the dr. I could count on getting one of those awful shots...and always getting it in my bottom, which added insult to injury.
No wonder I still hate to go to the doctor.

Hope you're feeling better soon.
Mean germs going 'round.

Buckeroomama said...

Green Tea Ginger Ale?!!! Two of my favorite beverages in one?! I need to see where I can get that around here!

For a cold, echinacaea works for me and/or hot lemon tea with honey.

I hope you feel better soon, Simone.

Eternally Distracted said...

Green tea... will have to leave that one to you! Hope you feel better soon :)

Frau said...

Shot of whiskey! Hey my Mom is Irish.
I heard warm water, honey and tbs. apple cider vinegar helps. Feel better Simone!

zunzun said...

OMG was your mother and mine related? I used to get the lemon tea as well as some other stuff like chamomylle and some Spanish "tilo" thing (don't know what's in it). she would also slather us w/ Vicks vapor rub too and put some in my nostrils (gross) and every now and then my grandmother would come over and give me cod liver oil too except she'd follow it w/ an egg yolk....RAW (I'm surprised I didn't die of salmonella or something). God forbid I had a fever cause the she brought out the alcohol and stuff me under 10 blankets (ok...only 2 but they were heavy) to sweat it out as well.

Ain't it a wonder we all survived!?!LOL

My name is PJ. said...

I was the second oldest of 5. When I was sick, I got the Vicks and then cloth diapers on my chest and then my pajamas. There was always a vaporizer. Always.

When you're congested, you should cut back on dairy or creamy things because they produce mucous. Think clear liquids. ;)

Nezzy said...

When I was six and had my tonsils out my daddy had the mumps at the same time. We pulled out the sofa~bed and watched TV and ate Popsicles until we both recovered!

Get to feelin' better and may God touch you with His healin' power!!!

blueviolet said...

I remember it was the only time ever when my mom would let me have something to drink in my room. She would bring me glasses of orange juice which she set on my nightstand for me to sip from. Funny that I just remembered that.

A Joyful Chaos said...

Mom's soft touch, and Daddy's remedy of hot salty milk. So vile that it never stayed inside us for long and surprisingly we always felt better afterwards. It's a remedy that I have never used for my own family though.

Multiple personalities.. said...

Ah yes, nothing brings back those childhood memories of being sick like Vicks! Mama swore by that stuff for every ailment, including a sprained wrist. And now, I use it on my boy every time he gets a cold or cough. And mama did the sweatin' it out thing too, which I wasn't particularly fond of.

Feel better soon!

Kwana said...

I do remember the Vicks too. I sure hope you get better soon and quick.

Ina in Alaska said...

That Canada Dry tea looks refreshing! I will try it and raise a toast to you, Simone. Hope you feel better soon, dear. I too remember the cod liver oil days with horror. In those days, kids did NOT argue with their moms, and believe me I hated every sip.....

Farila said...

Vicks is sort of herbal medicine and very very popular in India. I need to check out whether it originated here or not. I sort of love that smell and will rush to inhale it even with slightest indication of cold LOL.
Also I mix lemon and honey in hot water and sip it for relief. Works wonders.
I envy for the twin you had. The biggest disaster in my life has been me being without a twin... Sigh!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

I hope you feel better and get over this crud soon. I remember my dad making me drink Vick's Vapor Rub if I had a lot of chest congestion/coughing. Yeah, I'm serious!! I also eating lots of soup or chili and watching lots of TV and movies. I loved all the attention I got as a kid and the extra cuddling from my parents. And now I get to be the caretaker for my little one. Even though I don't like it when she's sick, I love that she depends on me and I can give her extra hugs when she's down.

Danica said...

Feel better soon!

My mom always did the vicks rub and the towels too. UGH

Dandy said...

Oh I hope you feel better soon!

Suz said...

My mother's remedy for an upset stomach was ginger tea. I suppose the same thing as ginger ale does.

I remember getting a bell by my bed that I could ring when I needed her. I would love to ring that bell now.

Deidra said...

I remember once when I was sick (well, not really that sick) and my mom had one of her dearest friend staying with us for a few days. My mom was getting me up out of the bed for school, and her friend came into my room, caught my eye over my mom's shoulder and said, "Oh. Let her stay home today with us." And just like that, I got to stay home and hang out with the big girls. What joy!

SMJ said...

I left you some bloggy love over at my place!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

I have a terrible memory, but I also remember the smell of Vicks Vapor rub as a child. That's nasty stuff.

Hope you're feeling better super soon!

Heart2Heart said...

Oh Simone,

I remember those Vick's vapor rubs too well yet I still use them with my kids when their chest congestion or stuffy noses won't work with other meds. Other than good old fashioned chicken noodle soup and plenty of Otter Pops, being sick wasn't so bad.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Anita said...

I see that a lot of us got the Vicks rub. :) I also got an alcohol rub if Mom thought the fever was too high. It was cold, but it felt good.

Get well soon! xoxo

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Evansmom said...

My memories are creamed chipped beef and dropped eggs on toast. My mother worked full time (rare in those times) and it was often a treat just to have her home for the day. Thanks for them memories. Visiting from Hallie's site.


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