Know Your Dose This Cold and Flu Season

This post is brought to you by the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose campaign and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

You may or may not remember, but last year’s cold and flu season was a doozy. I was able to avoid the flu, but my poor husband was not, and my daughter had a couple of colds (daycare life). No one likes to be sick in bed and feeling poorly, so we often reach for medicines to help us feel better wuickly. The great thing about modern medicine is we can ease symptoms these days, but on the flip side, some people don’t end up taking the right dosage of said medicines. The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC) is urging Americans to double check their medicine labels when treating cold and flu symptoms to avoid doubling up on acetaminophen.

Research published earlier this year shows that the odds of Americans taking more than the FDA-recommended maximum dose of 4,000 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen in one day increased 24 percent during cold and flu season. That’s a HUGE amount of people not using medicine properly. So why does this happen? Primarily, this is because more people are using over-the-counter (OTC) combination medications to treat upper respiratory cold and flu symptoms. Acetaminophen is safe and effective for treating fever and pain when used as directed; however, taking more acetaminophen than directed can lead to liver damage. Also, when your child is suffering with a cold or flu and you choose to treat their symptoms with an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, make sure you always use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. I will admit that especially when Emma Kate was little, I was always nervous about giving her the wrong amount of medicine when she was sick. It can be scary enough when your child isn’t well, but then add in not being sure on the dose, and it’s a double whammy for moms and dads.

If you or your family members get sick this season, follow these four steps to make sure you’re using medicines with acetaminophen safely:

  1. Always read and follow the label.
  2. Know if your medicines contain acetaminophen.
  3. Take only one medicine at a time that contains acetaminophen. Double check, don’t double up!
  4. Ask your healthcare provider or a pharmacist if you have questions about dosing instructions or medicines that contain acetaminophen.

KnowYourDose.org has great resources to help make sure you are giving yourself and your kids the right dose of medicine. So what should you do the next time you are sick, or even as a fitness enthusiants like me, want medicine to relieve aches and pains, double check your medicine labels so you don’t accidentally double up on acetaminophen.

Admitting Defeat

I made it over two years without having to go to the doctor for being sick. Back in August, I caught a cold because I was running myself ragged after we bought the local Orange leaf, but I managed to bounce back with no doctor intervention. This time, I had to admit defeat and found myself at the doctor’s office at 8:15 this morning.

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I started feeling not myself on Saturday after Emma Kate’s party but didn’t feel sick just yet. Sunday morning we rested and hung out with family, and by Sunday night I was feeling really crummy.

Monday I still felt bad but powered through with Tylenol and even went for a walk with EK and my sister. Apparently it al made my body very unhappy, because I woke up in the middle of the night with fever, chills, a terrible cough, and no voice. My sister was nice enough to take the baby to daycare this morning and to drive me to the doctor where I was given a Z pack, nose spray, Claritin, cough medicine, and two (very painful!) shots in the rear. I was able to rest and nap on and off all afternoon, and while I still feel really crummy, I am not feeling as bad as I was last night or this morning. I haven’t had a sinus infection in years and forgot how they knock me on my butt.

I hate how being sick puts me so behind, as if I don’t feel behind enough right now as it is. Hoping I can bounce back quickly and get back on track. I haven’t run in almost a week! Time to go eat some soup and drink some Sprite. (PS- I know there is nothing scientific about drinking sprite when you are sick, but it’s what I always did growing up and it just makes me feel better! anyone else?)

QOTD: When is the last time you were sick? Do you fight going to the doctor? Ever had a steroid shot?

Weekly Recap: August Week 4

 

Happy Sunday! Honestly, this week there isn’t a ton to report since I came home on Monday sick after Healthy Living Summit. I did lots of sleeping and nose blowing, and was finally able to run Friday, but that was my first workout since Sunday. Let’s recap, shall we?

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Proof I actually ran in Boston. Did you ever doubt me? Smile

(from Meghann’s blog)

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Sunday: 3 mile fun run at Healthy Living Summit

Monday: traveled home, let the sickies begin (obviously, rest day)

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: WANTED to workout but knew if I wanted to run the next day it was a bad idea

Friday: 8 mile run

Saturday: Beast Body Bootcamp and 20 minutes stationary bike

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eh. What can you do? It happens. 11 miles running for the week isn’t awful….well, two weeks before a half marathon it is, but I hadn’t done weights in a week, and I wanted to go into my race strong. Oh well! Rolling with the punches over here. I still have some lingering sniffles, but am hoping to tackle 11 miles tomorrow as my last (and only) double digit run before the half. I can’t believe it’s finally here! Have a great day everyone.

QOTD: Would you rather have a cold for a week or the chicken pox for a week?

Working Out When Sick

 

Well, it happened. After flying, driving, being on a cruise ship and out of town for a week, I have come down with a cold. I started feeling “yucky” Tuesday but forced myself to the gym anyway, where I felt awful and really didn’t want to be there. Usually when this happens, once I get going I am ok, but not this time. Then, this morning I woke up congested, with a pounding headache, and couldn’t taste anything. As hard as I try to stay germ free, they somehow found me and attacked.

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Ah, boat, I guess being cooped up on you helped spread the germ love.

I am slightly frustrated because as it is I  missed my long run last weekend being out of town…and I have a half marathon coming up. Not cool. I decided to take the day off from exercise, which led me to think about working out and being sick, and if it’s ok or not, how much, etc.

There are a lot of factors that come into play, for instance the fact that I am training for a half marathon. If I wasn’t training for anything, I would be content to work from the couch and not worry about my missed sweat sessions. But with 18 days until my race and only a 6 miler under my belt since RnR New Orleans, I really need to get my rear in gear.

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me and the lovely Karen at the RnR NOLA expo.

Here are a few simple rules I personally follow. Please remember, I am not a doctor, although that would be cool, right?

1.) If it’s in your chest, stay in bed. Going into a coughing fit every 24 seconds is not cool for you, or the people around you at the gym. If your cold is in your chest, it is better to rest to fight another day.

2.) If you have a fever, cool it. (no pun intended…well…maybe a little.) You don’t want to raise your internal body temp any higher than it already is, or you could get sicker.

3.) Do what you can. Pretty simple right? If you feel ok to go for a walk, but not a run, don’t try for a sprint workout. Even just a little bit of exercising might help you feel more accomplished and maybe even better, but don’t push yourself too hard.

4.) Listen to your body! It’s better to take a break so that you get well soon if you have something like the flu. Prolonging your symptoms and sidelining yourself longer is no fun.

5.) If it is in your head, and not your chest, but you just don’t feel like working out anyway…that’s ok!!! My cold is in my head, but guess what? I decided to just chill today and try again tomorrow. I don’t feel guilty about it, I know I need to rest and re-energize my body so I can be back to 100% as soon as possible.

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Tips for lessening your cold symptoms:

1.) drink Emergen-c

2.) Drink lots of water

3.) rest when you need to do so

4.) take your vitamins

5.) wash your hands to help keep family members well

I want to elaborate a bit on number 2. The kind folks at zero water provided me with a filtered water pitcher to try out, and I absolutely love it. We drink a lot of water at our house, but I hate how even the “filtered” water out of the refrigerator doesn’t really truly purify the water. A lot of toxins enter your body via the water we bathe in and the water we drink, so I was really excited to try out the filter and I love it. it’s easy to use and the water “tastes” great. be sure to check out their website and Facebook page if you are interested in purchasing a filter.

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QOTD: What are your rules for working out when sick?  Do you drink filtered water?

Sick and Tired

 

Hey guys, guess what? It’s November! I hope you had a fun and safe Halloween. Guess what again? I have the winners of the free Shutterfly cards for you. I loved reading everyone’s favorite Christmas traditions, it got me so excited for the holidays coming up so soon! Also…guess what a third time? I have the flu and am not going to Savannah.  I am so crushed, I was going to get to see Jen, work the awesome RnR expo with Running Skirts, and run half marathon number 10, but it won’t be happening. I can barely walk down the stairs and am confined to my bed. I definitely think my body is trying to tell me to SLOW DOWN. I have all the classic symptoms…fever, achy, weak, sore throat, cough, headache, etc. etc.

Three expos in then month of October was a lot, and a lot of traveling, so I think some good rest will do me well. I would much rather listen to my body and stay home then push it and get pneumonia or some other sickness because my immune system is so down. Live to fight another day, right? I am currently hopped up on lots of medication though so I feel a bit better, but as soon as my meds wear off, I can really feel it.

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Bobby tried to be sweet and make me a Mickey pumpkin…but it kind of looks like a bear. #Fail

Onto my winners. I had 55 entrants sharing awesome traditions, some of them I may adapt for myself. If you are looking for a new tradition check out the comments.  Please e mail me at runningwithsass@gmail.com to claim your Shutterfly code for 25 free cards.

Megan from Running Toward the Prize

“I LOVE sending and getting holiday cards! My husband does not understand it at all – but I still make him take photos :)

As for my favorite holiday tradition – it would probably be Christmas services at church. From Christmas Eve services to Christmas plays to Christmas choir performances, we would always go as a family (and participated in many too!)”

Suzy from Running Around the World

Awww your shutterfly card is so cute! (of course, you can’t go wrong with puppies in sweaters!)

One of my (new) holiday traditions is a Cookie Decorating Party… not a cookie swap, but we bake a metric ton of sugar cookies and then drink wine and ice them! This year will be the 2nd annual.

My family holiday tradition is that we always play cards (crazy 8′s) after Christmas Eve dinner.

Brittney from Life in a Holding Pattern

For Christmas dinner we always make my grandma’s recipe for mac & cheese, which involves spaghettie noodles and extra sharpe white cheddar cheese. It’s delicious

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Luckily, I had some guest posts lined up for while I was supposed to be in Savannah, so I will still be using those so I can just rest and recover and not have to think about posting for a couple days until I am better. Thanks for hanging with me guys.

QOTD: Have you ever had to drop out of a race due to illness or injury? Or miss a work trip? How did it make you feel? I feel terrible having to cancel but don’t really have much of a choice. Sad smile

*Don’t forget to enter my ClipeE giveaway

Friday Favorites: Emergen-C

 

Good morning! It’s expo day for me! I am going to be so busy today and tomorrow, but I LOVE it! It’s a good busy. Smile I love Running Skirts! Anyway, it’s Friday, so that means, of course, Friday favorites! This Friday favorite is a little odd, as it really doesn’t have a whole lot to do with running directly….but INDIRETLY, it does. See, I managed to come home from Disney with a nasty cold (Jen it’s not your fault!) and knowing I had to go out of town again, I wanted to be sure to get well as fast as possible. I headed to the store and bought these little gems.

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Yes friends, I bought me some Emergen-C! I haven’t been sick since well…January when I came back from Disney after running the marathon, and I have heard a lot of people talk about this stuff, so I figured I would try it. Now, mind you, I don’t even like orange juice, but for some reason I bought the orange flavor (see, told you I am sick!) I was dreading the yucky medicine taste, but I have to be honest, it’s not that bad!

It has vitamin C, 24 nutrients, 7 B vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes. It is supposed to increase your energy and boost your immune system (yes, please!)

You pour the little packet into some water, stir, and drink. I prefer to put it in a small glass of water and get it over with instead of dilute it in a full glass. I have been doing this twice a day, and while I still am not well, I really think it’s helping! I have felt yucky but not that full blown I can’t move I want to die feeling that we all know and love. So, this stuff is highly recommended by me! I think it was $11.00 for a box of 30 packets, so not too bad! Hopefully I will stop feeling sick and feel more like this:

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in no time!

I really hope I do, because, well, I am running a half marathon tomorrow! I only ran twice on vacation, and only 2 miles each time. Oops. The air conditioning at the gym was broken so it was SO HOT, and it was even worse outside, so that’s all I could manage. Hopefully choosing to rest instead of run will do me some good!

QOTD: What do you take when you feel a cold coming on?

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