October 17, 2007 at 3:18 pm
On Sunday I could have sworn someone left a truck parked on my head. My neck hurt so bad I couldn’t turn my head and my throat was scratchy. My husband vehemently denied having turned the heat in our house up or down. Turns out I was just plain sick. A virus had caught me (I certainly don’t go around catching viruses).
My kids and husband rallied around me. ”Do you want anything?” Oh boy, did I want some things. I wanted every comforting thing I could think of. First, I called for my vitamin C and my Defend and Resist which contains Echinacea and Zinc. There may not be conclusive evidence that Echinacea, C and Zinc help fend off illness but I’ve had good results and I didn’t think it could hurt.
Next I wanted tea. Not just any tea but my organic Chai (from Yogi Tea, fair trade and organic) with just a bit of organic honey. A few sips and my stomach was calm again. I alternated all day between Chai and Green Tea. Then I wanted my rice bags. Rice bags are like heating pads but they are made from rice and mine contains lavender grown in my own garden. The bag is heated in the microwave until warm and then you can put it wherever it hurts. You must be careful with these just like any hot thing, but when used correctly they are a wonderful comfort.
After some tea and warmth, my daughter was encouraging me to eat. I really had no appetite, but she finally talked me into some organic chicken broth. These last three days I have lived on tea and organic soups, including some from Amy’s Kitchen. I just wasn’t up to making my own and didn’t have any frozen in small batches. Tonight we are having cabbage and onions with organic noodles. I know that sounds a bit odd, but it is definitely a comfort food.
Though I don’t want anyone to get sick, there are times when having some comforting things around you makes it easier to get through an illness. What comforts you when you are under the weather?