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A cold and flu season guide for the unemployed

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Or: Don’t the unemployed deserve sick days, too?

For the last few days, I’ve been sick with a cold. I tend to get really nasty colds. The I-can’t-breathe, my-head-is-spinning, I-don’t-have-much-energy, I-don’t-want-you-to-get-this-kind of cold.

Now that the nighttime half of my over-the-counter cold medicine isn’t making me drowsy and I feel somewhat better, here’s my guide to cold and flu season for the unemployed:

  • First, stock up on your favorite store’s store brand over-the-counter cold and flu medication when you see it on sale in the Sunday ads. You might just need it two days later.
  • 24-hour drugstores can be a mixed blessing. Yes, it’s nice to have them there when you’re sick and up late. But do you really want to be in a strange CVS at 10: 15 p.m. trying to decide between the two-for-one orange Gatorade special and orange juice when you just need fluids? And buying that second box of cold medicine because you can already tell you’re going to run out of the first box?
  • Mom always said to take extra Vitamin C when I had a cold. It’s since been scientifically disproven to do much good. But whose advice would you and I rather take, my Mom’s or some disproven scientists?
  • If you live near a Trader Joe’s grocery store, try their Lemon Ginger Echinacea juice blend. It’s especially good warm.
  • Eat chicken soup when you’re hungry. Now, I like chicken. And I like soup. However, after several meals of chicken noodle, chicken and rice, chunky chicken, chicken broth, and chicken lemon rice soup, I start wondering what my vegetarian/vegan friends eat to treat a cold.
  • See your doctor if you feel really sick. And if you still can afford your COBRA plan or can afford some sort of health clinic. If not, well, I hear the Dr. Oz show is quite good.

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