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Monday, December 13, 2010

Question of the Week: What Are Your Comforts & Joys?

hot toddy for mishaImage by skampy via Flickr
It's that time of year again. No, I'm not talking about Santa, and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe and presents for pretty girls. I'm talking about that other season that coincides with the holidays: the cold and flu season.

Yup, I am sick with a cold. Not sure if my husband brought it home with him from work or I picked it up at the germ factory, a.k.a the doctor's office, when I went for a checkup last Tuesday. Either way, I have been sick since Friday and will probably be looking like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for several more days.

Being sick, I've been actively trying to do things to help me feel better. A new comfort I discovered in the past two days is my take on the hot toddy. Since alcohol is a big no-no for someone with HCV, my version is sans the brandy.

Here is my recipe:
I put the tea, lemon zest and juice in a teapot and pour the hot water over the ingredients. I let it steep for about 5 minutes, then pour the tea into a cup and add honey to taste.

All this got me wondering what comforting rituals and little pastimes of joy you indulge in when you are sick with a cold or feeling down because of your chronic illness.

So this week leave a comment here or head over to the Oh My Aches and Pains! Facebook page and share the things that bring you comfort and joy. I bet we can all learn something new from each other with this assignment. I look forward to reading all your comments. Plus, if you have any other tricks to share for dealing with cold symptoms I'd love to hear those too.

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2 comments

Jessica said...

Everytime I am sick I still eat chicken noodle soup and drink ginger ale...2 things I was always given when I was little and not feeling so good.

I am also a hot tea junkie!!!

Jamie Valendy said...

Saltines, hot apple cider, chicken noodle soup.