Kimmer Collison-Ris, MSN, FNP-BC, WOCN, MS CAM - Cold/Flu Self-Care
Spectrum Care - Kimmer Collison-Ris, MSN, FNP-BC, WOCN, MS CAM
How to Get well quick

No one likes to be sick and no one likes germs to be spread. Modern society has lost the "art of getting well". We often go to work or school sick, taking pills to suppress our symptoms; trying to push through our activities while convincing ourselves that this is what we are supposed to do. Well, that is nonsense! This is a great way to spread illness and prolong our recovery.

Follow these tips to get yourself back on the road to recovery:

-if your appetite is low, sip hot fluids/soups regularly
-stay home if temp 100 degrees F or chills
-place ginger paste on cheese cloth over clogged nostrils x 5 min.
-eat hot spicy foods to drain clogged sinuses
-avoid milk/yogurt/ice cream/sugary foods if congested w/mucous
-try to sleep as much as possible
-drink 1 cup of fresh water & hot teas every hour to thin congestion
-drink peppermint or ginger tea for nausea/vomiting/abdominal cramping
-decrease a headache w/increased water, soaking feet in Epsom salts
-take 500 mg vitamin C 2-4x daily (1/2 as much for kids)
-take 400-800 iu Vitamin D daily
-use steam to loosen a stuffy nose
-gargle w/salt water for sore throat
-use cool cloths on head to decrease temp
-bundle up & bake out your fever unless >101.5
-take a shower daily to decrease germs, viruses
-after an illness, wash your bedclothes and linen to decrease germ spreading
-open up windows to let fresh air into your living quarters to remove germs/viruses

Kimmer's homemade chicken soup

-1 t pepper flakes
-1 pat butter/1 T olive oil
-1 T Rosemary
-1/2 T Thyme
-pinch of salt
-1 cup spinach (optional)
-3 med diced red potatoes
-2 cups green beans
-16 oz chicken broth
-16 oz water
-2 large celery stalks diced
-2 large carrots peeled & sliced
-1 bunch garlic diced
-1 small onion diced
-1 can chicken chunks

Directions: Simmer on medium heat till cooked, then turn to low
Be sure to take 1 cup every 2 hours to stay hydrated & nourished.

DIY Natural Rehydration Solution
-1 quart of fresh filtered water
-1/2 c fresh squeezed orange juice
-1/4 t baking soda
-3 T agave
-2 t cream of tarter
-1/4 t sea salt

1.Warm 1/2 c water and place in the bottom of a quart-sized Mason jar. Should be warm (but not hot) to dissolve agave and sea salt.

2.Mix the warm water with the honey and sea salt and until mostly dissolved.

3.Add the lemon juice and remaining water (use cold water this time) to fill the top of the jar.

This should be safe for babies as it avoids honey.

Helpful Infection Control Practices

Germs spread quickly. They are on your hands, keyboards, cell phones, door handles, used cups/utensils/dishware, faucets, toilets, noses. They occur when you sneeze or cough without covering your mouth. Here are ways to decrease illness spread.

-if you feel ill, or sick (even in the initial stages) stay home!
-avoid public places (riding buses, crowds, movie theatres,...)
-wash hands frequently
-wipe down anything you touch or use regularly w/disinfecting wipes
-avoid touching your nose, mouth, & face
-use disposable paper towels instead of hand towels
-never share bath towels
-Use your own cup, eating utensils
-cover your mouth/nose w/your elbow when coughing/sneezing
-Placed used Kleenex in ziplock baggies
-Always wash hands after using toilet
-Brush your teeth 3x daily, soak between in vinegar/water solution

Disclaimer:If you have been ill for more than 4 days with worsening symptoms,  call to be seen or go to the walk-in clinic right away! If you have a child with ANY of these symptoms: fever >101.5 F, seizures, floppy body, listlessness, go to your provider and walk in clinic or emergency department immediately. These are symptoms of a more serious illness that MUST be assessed by a licensed medical provider (MD, DO, ARNP, or PA). Remember: When in doubt, check it out!