Lessons About Life
Don't wait until it's too late

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- by Lena Sala -

This has been one of the worst cold and flu seasons that I can remember in years. Even though spring is almost here, people from all over are still suffering with sore throats, chest and head congestion, nausea and vomiting - the list just goes on and on. If you're like me you're most likely thinking that you can simply ride out the cold by eating a bowl of chicken noodle soup, rubbing some Vicks VaporRub® on your chest before bed and you will be miraculously cured by morning. That could not be further from the truth! At least not in my case. Don't get me wrong, those things may certainly help. But if you're still noticing symptoms after a few days and nothing seems to be improving, you need to make an appointment to see your doctor. Unfortunately, I did not take this advice and battled a cold for more than a month. Being stubborn, I thought I could take care of my sickness the old fashioned way and that everything would just go away on its own. Instead, my chest congestion turned into bronchitis. Constant coughing, sleepless nights, swollen glands and well, you can picture the rest. Not pretty at all. It finally got to the point where I was so physically drained that I could barely keep up with my daily routine. I didn't want to get out of bed at all, which is when I realized that whatever I had was not going anywhere anytime soon. Luckily, when I visited with my physician, she told me that my lungs were clear of fluid and she would prescribe me an antibiotic. For those of you who may not know, if left untreated, bronchitis can turn into pneumonia. And that is something that no one should mess around with. Not to mention, excessive coughing can cause severe soreness in your abdomen. Even if you think that you have an iron immune system, do not wait a month or even weeks before you schedule a visit with your doctor. Get the medicine and care you need in the beginning. Don't be a hard head and wait until you're tired, run down and struggling to get through the day. Besides, you have to think of others as well. The longer you prolong your doctor appointment the higher the chance of spreading the virus to friends, family or even co-workers. I have most certainly learned my lesson, (the hard way). Like I said before, eating soups and drinking the hot teas with honey is great, as long as you're following your doctor's rules, because they know best! With plenty of rest, you will be back to your old self in no time at all.

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