Family Friday: Beat the Holiday Bug and Hangover

Second Friday of the month:  Health / Home

I think my title should have been - "failed to beat" the holiday bug and hangover. Christmas is over, and it's been over a week since we ushered in 2014.  But something tagged along with us as we started the year, and it's not what we wanted welcoming us into the new year! One weekend after another, starting before Christmas until last weekend, family members took turns catching what I call the holiday bug.  It was a combination of flu-like symptoms, coughs and colds combo, and a case of sore throat.

First it was J, then the boy, and just last weekend, it was my turn.  The girl was fortunately spared, but still experienced mild dry coughs sporadically during this period.  I've learned that many of my friends have caught the bug too, during the holidays, some even in worse cases. I believe there's a virus going around.  It was really a bummer to be sick during this festive season. 

The holidays can be suuuper stressful and exhausting, especially for us homemakers. I guess I was trying to stretch and postpone this "sick" feeling I had since Christmas.  There were still so many things to do, several gatherings to attend, taking the kids out to have fun, and it's just not fair to miss out on the revelry if I allowed myself to get sick during those times.  It's only once a year that we get to do this, and yes, it may be tiring and can suck the life out of me, but I choose to celebrate the season with my family.  I know if I get sick, the home will not "operate" and the kids will be stuck at home too.  And for selfish reasons, I don't want to miss out on the food and the treats that come with the holidays! =)  As my girl kept on saying, "Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!"  Now, where did she get that? =)

After all that's happened over the past few weeks, I survived the holidays.  Grateful, blessed, happy.

It did not help that we were still experiencing the annual holiday hangover, and would just rather sleep until noon and lay in bed watching missed shows, or in the kids' case, playing with their gadgets.  I'm sure we're not the only ones feeling this, right?

Last weekend, my body finally gave in, just when the kids are getting ready to go back to school. At least tapos na ang mga celebration! It was just minor discomfort, so we were still able to have our Sunday family lunch at my parents' house.  I guess my usual home remedies worked - I took Biogesic for the body aches and headache, Bactidol to gargle with 2-3 times a day, and a daily pot of soothing lemon-ginger tea with honey, aside from downing lots of water in between.

I felt much better last Monday.  Back-to-school blues and stressing over the girl's birthday preparations and celebration last Wednesday may have overworked my system.  Now here I am again, sore throat and all.  The worst part? I lost my voice when I woke up Thursday morning, and J is having gastro-intestinal problems!  As I write this, I feel I'm slowly on my way to getting my groove back.  My voice is still hoarse and itchy.  J is feeling some relief.  I know we'll be fully adjusted in the coming week.  After all that's happened, I'm taking it as a cue to start a health regimen of some sorts.  I still don't know how yet, but I want this year to be a more health-conscious year for the whole family.

How's your health this new year?

Here's to good health... and wealth na rin! =)

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