Power Through!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

* Nothing you can't handle * Be unstoppable * Take charge and mean it * Buckle down and push forth * Don't waste a precious minute * Fire up those engines * Go for it * You can do it and you know it * Seize the day * Go get it * Keep your chin up * You got it in you * Put a little strut in it * Be resilient *

Day #3 of having NO VOICE. My new signature scent is Vick's AND I have now used 2 full boxes of tissues AND consumed 2 bags of Sugar-Free Triple Soothing Action drops with the catchy pep talk phrases on each wrapper. Really, do we need a pep talk on each drop? Seriously, I've grown weary of this cold. I really just want it to move on now. I am belly-aching but the truth is the fact that I have no voice is the sign that it is coming to it's end. So on that note, I thought I'd share a few things about living with a cold.

Up first -- How to PROPERLY blow your nose. Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way!

•Blow your nose gently. Blowing too hard creates even more pressure that can force infectious mucus into your ears and sinuses.

•Avoid the "both-nostrils-open" blow. Instead ...

•Press a finger over one nostril.

•Gently blow your nose into a paper tissue through the one open nostril.

•Switch your finger to close the opposite nostril, and repeat.

•Although you will feel most "stuffed-up" when you first wake up (after lying flat all night), don't blow your nose immediately. It's best to wait five or 10 minutes after you've been sitting upright before doing so.

•Drink plenty of fluids. This will make it easier for mucus to be removed by blowing gently. Blowing your nose after taking a steamy shower can also help.

•Use paper tissues rather than cloth handkerchiefs. A used handkerchief is a breeding ground for germs -- and when you reuse it you're spreading those germs around your face and hands.

•Only use a paper tissue once, then throw it away. This minimizes the risk of putting germs back onto your face and hands.

•Wash your hands when you're finished, as germs from your nose and tissue will be transferred to your fingers while you blow.

Gargling with warm salt water DOES help. As does drinking warm drinks, lots of rest and I have become a huge fan of Mucinex.

One of the girls I work with insists that putting Vick's Vaporub on the bottom of your feet cures a cough and helps you get rid of a cold quicker.

FALSE! There is no credible scientific evidence to back up this claim. The Vapo-action requires you breathe the camphor fumes to get relief -- at 5'2", my feet are still too far from my nose for there to be much relief :)

Now that I have said all of that, I have something serious to ask of you. My daughter asked me to request prayer for one of her little daycare boys. Keller is 2 years old with the most crystal blue eyes you've ever seen. He is a ball of energy that is obsessed with fishing. His doctors have discovered a mass in his little body. That mass seems to be attached to his spine. He was taken to Omaha, NE and they have referred him to doctors in Boston. He is undergoing a biopsy there tomorrow. Please pray for him, his family and the wisdom of the doctors there in Boston. Thank-you!


  1. Anita said...:

    Oh Gail, I hope you feel better soon:-) And for sure will be praying for Keller!!

  1. Mecky said...:

    Gail, I hope you feel better soon.

    I will certainly pray for Keller.

  1. Lynnie said...:

    So sorry to hear you are still fighting the icky ickies! Praying for Keller, on my prayer journal, hoping to get a good report, but no matter how the report looks to us- God is in control and He is a good God!

  1. I am so sorry you are sick and hope you are feeling better soon. I am saying a prayer for Keller! Hugs, Linda

  1. I'll be praying for little Keller!!! Thanks for sharing the prayer request.

    When I'm sick and need to sneeze or cough, I always sneeze or cough into my elbow. You're less likely to spread germs around there, then if you sneeze/cough into your hands!!! That helped me a lot when I was working in a huge call center (lots of sick people...and I stayed healthy :) :)

    Oh, Vicks Vapor Rub...memory from childhood...totally strong smelling, but it always worked to clear my congestion :) Happy Valentine's Day. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  1. cindy said...:

    Gail, sure hope you are feeling better.


  1. Balisha said...:

    Hope you start feeling better real soon.
    I'm adding Keller to my prayer list too.What a hard thing for his family to have to go through. I hope and pray that he's OK.

  1. Gen said...:

    Suffering with ya girl! Just starting to get over my yukkies this week. Olive Leaf Extract supplements seem to quicken my recovery. Hope you feel better soon and I certainly will be praying for Keller.

  1. I literally lol-ed at your "5'2"" remark! Glad you still have your humor ~ it goes a long way. I hope you feel better, & can talk, soon. Or 1st line of defense if Organol drops ~ 3 drops under the tongue at least 3x per day. Found at health food stores.

    Praying for the sweet little boy. Keep us up-dated.

    Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

  1. Oh I love Vicks. I use for all kinds of things. Have you tried some cold eeze zinc lozenges. Boy I hope you are better soon. I am sure you are missing that baby while you are sick.

  1. Gail
    Well you learn something new every day!
    I'm glad you are on the down side of your cold.
    I've been lucky so far this winter-knock on wood.
    I'm praying right now for Kellar and I put him on my prayer list too. Please keep us posted about his condition!
    Take care-Kimberly

  1. Shug said...:

    I do hope you feel better soon...
    I am a big believer in VICKS! We once had an elderly lady that worked for us and she had the most interesting home remedies...I sure wish I had written them down...I can tell you, our girls were never sick when she kept them...
    Feel Better.

  1. Hope you are feeling better very soon. I've got a few sniffles too, but nothing too bad. Adding little Keller to my prayer list tonight.

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