Flu Pre-Pack Winter 2010 Update

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)
  • Ambien
  • 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.

2 thoughts on “Flu Pre-Pack Winter 2010 Update

  1. Do please keep getting better. Stay in touch, too.

    For what it’s worth, I did get my flu shots this year, and Patrick got his basic flu shot, and we still got pounded flat by the respiratory infection that was going around this winter. Patrick was away from the office for five weeks. I’m still frail. Elise came down with it the morning she was supposed to fly home, and was marooned with us for weeks.

    Nasty, nasty bug.

  2. Teresa,

    I am getting better (knock on wood, throw salt over shoulder, crossing fingers). My doctor is awesome. Although I’m still on a diet where the highlight is 1 cup of mashed potatoes with a little bit of salt and butter. And without the very strong cough suppressant I literally can’t do anything (and with it I also can’t do anything, but at least I can sleep). Hmm. That’s a lot of modifiers to “getting better”….

    It’s indeed quite nasty. I’m so glad I got a pneumonia vaccine (which I also have to thank Making Light’s community for letting me know it exists :)), otherwise I would have moved to a pneumonia stage by now. That could still happen, of course, but it’s not happened yet, which is a definite improvement.

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