I have to thank the folks at Making Light for their flu pre-pack entry. I’m very susceptible to horrible respiratory consequences from flus and colds, so often am put out of commission for several days. The flu pre-packs have saved me at least three times—and this most recent illness period, of which I am still in the middle of, and which I blame myself for not getting a spring flu shot, has really proven the worth of such a thing.
However, there are a few items I didn’t know were useful, and I ended up having to go out and get them while I was very weak (I did this at 6am so that there were very, very few cars and no waiting at the local friendly market).
Anyways, an updated flu pre-pack for 2010, mostly for self-reference.
What I Had on Hand
- Ibuprofen (fever reduction and pain)
- For Reals Sudafed (thank gods I decided to get a 24-pill pack ahead of time)
- Benadryl (haven’t had to use it yet for any weird allergies)
- Mucinex (hoorah for expectorants that work!)
- Propel Fit Powder™ water beverage mix (so I don’t screw up mixing salt and sugar myself, not good during flus or colds or indeed any time at all)
- Emergen-C (it works better on an upset stomach and doesn’t require all that strict a mix, great when you’re out of it)
- Small bucket with matching small garbage bags (unfortunately, I was in denial about how little my stomach could handle food… but it’s beside the bed now)
- LOTSA paper towels, kleenex, and toilet paper (I usually get the last two in bulk from Amazon.com, about twice a year; I get a 6-pack of Bounty select-a-sheet from Target once a year, when I feel like driving 100 miles to the nearest one).
- Vitamin C tablets, 200 chewable 500mg tablet bottle
- Instant digital thermometer, easy to use
- Peppermint tea (stomach; Steven Smith’s brand delivers the most punch by far, though expensive, followed shortly by Harney & Sons’ version, less expensive)
- Chewable Pepto Bismol tablets (stomach, OMG)
- A million Halls spearmint cough drops
What I Removed
- Robitussin (not effective enough and makes me throw up)
- Canned chicken noodle soup (BPA. You should REALLY worry about it in cans, not water bottles, because of how canning is done in America)
- Saltine crackers (too salty, even the low-salt versions for some reason)
- Notebook (replaced with iPhone)
- Commercial water bottles
What I Added
- Instant chicken noodle soup in packets (just add boiling water, no need to attempt to mix water/microwave/heat on stove)
- Nile instant soups (for when my stomach can handle somewhat fancier soups, also just add boiling water)
- Pyrex 2-cup measuring cup, life-saver when reducing boiling time of stuff; I can only sit or stand for a few minutes at a time right now
- Electric kettle, boils water up quickly a treat
- Water crackers (more digestible for me)
- Digestive biscuits (not sure if they help, but they are a nice, yet still bland, treat; non-chocolate obviously)
- Bigelow’s I Love Lemon tea, which is PACKED with lemon and is awesome for sore throats, I never realized quite how awesome and convenient it was
- Rubbermaid “Chug” reusable water bottle (it’s PP plastic, which is very reusable, as opposed to PETE plastic, common in commercial water bottles, which you do NOT want to use repeatedly)
- Cheratussin (codeine for calming the cough, thank gods it works even if for such a little time; prescription)
I am currently too weak to complete this list with links. At some point I will return to this. Feeling somewhat better today (the 28th). Still need to rest, though, I tend to fool myself more often than not when judging how sick I am.