When will i feel like me again?

janet ann
By janet ann Latest Reply 2015-03-25 20:32:20 -0500
Started 2012-10-30 14:30:56 -0500

Hi everyone, i have had the flu & i am still getting over it, I have a nose like a strawberry, i'm coughing like i smoke 60 a day (i don't smoke) and no energy at all, OK i'm a misery. I just wondered how you cope with something like this? My nurse told me that Diabetes lowers your immune system so it takes longer to recover from illness, if this is true any suggestions for boosting my system will be very welcome.

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13 replies

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-25 20:32:20 -0500 Report

I just got over having what you have, it took me a couple of weeks to get it out of my system, but I still have the cough, sucks, I just worked at eating good, keeping an eye on my sugar and tired to get outside a little bit more. seems it really helped… hope you feel better soon.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-11-06 13:44:06 -0600 Report

Thank you for all your suggestions, i had to stay in hospital for a couple of days to get meds for a chest infection but i am feeling a lot better now.

GabbyPA 2012-11-01 13:17:00 -0500 Report

Flus suck. They always make you feel like you would rather die. Just know that recovery is on it's way. You will feel better without even thinking about it. Try to sleep as much as you can so you don't have to be awake thinking about how crummy you feel.

For a lot of folks, vitamin D3 is a good immune booster. You should ask your doctor about the dose to take. I am not sold on C, but if you want to add it, I would say eat it in your foods, not to take a pill. There are a lot of things that work together in a food that are left out of a pill.

Drinking herbal teas can help relax you too. Things like camomile, mint, and boneset tea with honey can help, just use caution on how much honey you use, as your numbers are likely already high. But honey is a throat soother.

Avoid over the counter drugs with hidden sugars in them. That can be counter productive. So read your labels.

Keeping positive is a HUGE help. We are what we think and when we think misery, we often tend to wallow in it linger. I am not saying that you don't feel miserable, I know you do. But if you make your mind work to heal you, it will do it best by keeping positive. Giving you little goals to meet each day, like using one box less of kleenex...LOL. Keeping it light does really help.

I hope you are feeling better soon!!

janet ann
janet ann 2012-11-06 13:46:21 -0600 Report

Thank you Gabby, the doctor at the hospital recommended vitamin D3 as well so i am looking into getting plenty into my meals.

GabbyPA 2012-11-07 11:21:42 -0600 Report

D3 is not a food vitamin, it comes from exposure to sunshine. That is why so many of us are low, because we use sun screen and in the northern areas, the winter prevents exposure due to clothing and limited sun.

So you can take it as a supplement or as a therapy in some cases.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-11-07 17:05:17 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby, i found that out this morning when i was reading up on vitamins. My diabetes nurse thinks its worth trying a supplement, so i will try it.

GabbyPA 2012-11-08 08:15:16 -0600 Report

I take it in the winter. Even in Florida I don't get enough sun after January. Summer, on the other hand, I get plenty as I work in my garden and am out side a lot. You can have your levels checked in your lab work, so you might want to do that so you know what kind of dose you need to take.

ConnieMarie 2012-11-01 15:06:59 -0500 Report

my wife's irish mother swore by this and i wish atest it works…in a blender one whole organic lemon, remove seeds but thats it. 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 shots of irish whiskey, a cup of hot water blend until them lemon is smooth…then chug, go to bed and wake up next day feeling better. she lived to be 106 yrs old, diabetic, did one shot whiskey & 2 unfiltered ciggies a day :)

janet ann
janet ann 2012-11-06 13:48:47 -0600 Report

Thanks ConnieMarie, i tried this, i got the best nights sleep in 2 weeks & i did feel a bit better the next morning.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-31 10:54:32 -0500 Report

Hi Janet, I haven't had the flu since the 1960's and since I am now diabetic, I have not noticed a difference in the colds I have had. They run their course. If you are a misery it is because you choose to be. It is up to you to eat properly such as fruits and veggies you can have to build you energy back to your normal level. The cold I just got over had me down for a day and a half. It got on my nerves laying around doing nothing so I got up and got active. I ate soup for two days and before I knew it the cold was gone and my energy was at its normal level.

IronOre 2012-10-30 22:38:03 -0500 Report

I have been T! for over 37 years, and really haven't had much trouble recovering from something like the flu.
In matter of fact I think it's been almost 10 years since I have needed to take a sick day from work.
Just monitor yourself closely while sick and you should be fine. You will probably have higher BS readings than normal.

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