Have you been following the royal drama? I hope they figure it out so we don’t all have to pick sides. I’m afraid I’d have to be Team Kate, since we have the same Smythe olive jacket.
My surgery recovery has been going very well. They removed three patches of endometriosis as well as the mass causing me pain, so I actually feel better now than pre-surgery. Score.
This is going to sound silly, but one of the hardest parts of prepping for this surgery was swearing off my vitamins and oils for two weeks. I developed a cold, which I’ve avoided since started my vitamin regimen, and it nearly put the surgery in jeopardy (hard to intubate someone who can’t breathe!)
I managed to knock out the cold with a lot of rest, peppermint tea, and Elderberry syrup (the syrup is pricey at the health food store, but I get it at a European grocery store as Czarny Bez for about $4 a bottle.) I fired up the diffuser since I did not want to use any oils topically pre-surgery. I diffused frankincense since it’s my go-to oil for wellness. I mean, if the wise men endorsed it, I figure you can’t go wrong.
I also employed the sock treatment. A friend once told me this kooky way to knock out a head cold and I swear it works. At night, take a pair of thin cotton socks and soak them in cold water. Ring them out, then put them on. Then put a pair of thick wool socks over top and go to bed (put the socks on in bed so you don’t walk in them or your entire foot will be wet.) I have no idea how this works and maybe it’s all the placebo effect, but it seems to knock out a cold before it settles in.
The minute I got the thumbs up, I resumed my daily vitamins. I take Magnesium (for sleep), Vitamin C (for healing and immunity), Viviscal (for thicker hair), Curcumin/Tumeric (for inflammation), Vitamin D (for Canadian winter gloom), Omega 3 (for eye health), B12 (for energy and because I’m naturally low), Iron (since the endo makes me naturally anemic), AdrenaSmart (this has brought my cortisol levels down) and NAC (my doctor has me on this one – it helps support liver functioning.) I missed the Vitamin C and Magnesium the most. (Note that I’m taking all of these under medical supervision – it’s always good to check with your doctor before embarking on any health-related change.)
And I had my flu shot (I’m a Big Pharma skeptic, but as someone who could not be immunized as a child for medical reasons and ended up in the hospital with the measles, I am so thankful for immunizations.)
What do you do to stay well in the winter?