Me: I’m not feeling very well today so I think it would be best if I take the day off.
My boss(es): If you take the day off, who would feed us, dress us, play with us….basically take care of everything we need and want!?…
Me: Guess you’re saying that’s a “No”?
This was a conversation I had in my head on Friday morning when I woke up with a sore throat, a terrible cough and an aching body. I wanted to stay under the covers but my human alarm clock was wailing too loudly for me to simply ignore. No preschool for my 4yr old either so I had both girls to entertain but lacked the strength or motivation. My solution was to allow them to watch TV for as long as it pleased them but after only a few shows, they were itching to get out of the house. I binged on hot tea with honey to soothe my aching throat while hoping its caffeine content was strong enough to energize me through a few hours of activity at the Children’s Museum.
Relief finally arrived when my hubby came home early and I crawled back under the sheets for a couple of hours. Finally the weekend was here.
I try to avoid OTC medications if at all possible which started when I was pregnant and then when I was nursing. So I’ve resorted to a few natural remedies to attempt to treat my cough and chest congestion.
-Honey (mixed with tea) – it’s a well known cough suppressant recommended by the pediatrician to give to my 4yr old when she had a terrible coughing fit.
-Turmeric (mixed with tea) – due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties; it’s a popular spice to use not just in the treatment of coughs but many other ailments.
-And my favorite ginger in hot tea. Reminded me of a drink in the Philippines called “Salabat”. Another herb known for its many therapeutic benefits.
Sunday rolled in and I was starting to feel better. I suggested to my husband to take the kids to the Y while I stay home to do some chores I’ve put off for some time. He wanted to take them to Solana beach instead. I could have said “Yes what a great idea” and would have had several hours to get work done around the house and maybe even time to nap, but the thought of hanging out with my family on the beach seemed to me a more desirable choice. So off we went and had a wonderful time strolling on the beach despite the overcast windy weather. Even Eyva pointed out, “This was a fun adventure!” Being on this excursion with my family was by far the best natural remedy of all. It may not have cleared my chest congestion, but it definitely warmed my soul.