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Everyone in the office is so sick right now. I feel like Alaska, at least Anchorage, has bouts of cold and flu season every time the seasons change. I don’t know what it is exactly that’s going around but I don’t want any of it! It’s sort of ironic that I work somewhere that promotes health and wellness, and here we are all trying to get rid of some virus that’s attacking everyone.

I don’t really like taking medicine for these things. I stick with methods that my mom used on us as kids. She mostly had us drink a lot of tea and eat a lot of porridge. She also made me drink this ginger root thing that wasn’t very fun but her side of the family swears by it for everything — weight loss, energy, hunger, evil spirits (lol I’m joking). I absolutely hated it but it worked well!

These days I settle for Yogi teabags from the grocery store. My mom, to this day, will use actual tea leaves to make her tea and detests me using teabags. But hey, Mom! It works! I haven’t really a clue what Echinacea is or how to exactly pronounce it but it’s been my saving grace for the past couple of years. Actually, anything from Yogi has been amazing and for “instant tea” it’s actually quite flavorful and potent.

I drink two mugs of tea, one in the morning and one after work. It seems to do the trick throughout the day. On top of it, I keep my fluids up and only eat light meals. I lose a couple pounds after a week of it, which I don’t really like but if someone ever asks me what my “weight loss” secret is, I’ll just tell them “Get sick!” Okay, I’m obviously joking, but seriously I should probably make it a habit to be as mindful of my eating as I am when I’m sick.

Gosh, I didn’t mean to write so much about a freaking cold! Anyways, how are you? Are you feeling the seasons change?

P.S.: I used a crappy/kinda okay app I found while I was in China to take these photos. I guess the photos only look like they have some quality on mobile. I mean, look at them. They look like 2004 webcam photos for LiveJournal.


  1. I hope you’re okay Shayne! Don’t you get the annual flu shots there? I wonder if that really is effective. I haven’t had one.

    • We do! But those don’t start rolling out until later this month. Haha, I actually work for the public health program that distributes the vaccines! 🙂 They work, at least I’d like to think. I think I’ve just got a cold though, not so much flu. I don’t have any body aches or a fever. I just sound really nasally and stuffy. 🙁

    • Come to think of it, are seasonal shots/vaccinations a normal thing in the Philippines? I remember having to get shots to even be allowed to go to school here.

  2. Get well soon, Shayne! I haven’t been sick in a while (THANK GOD!), but I’ve stocked up on organic medicines for sinusitis. I had my father-in-law bring some when he went back to the US in May. It’s the only cold medicine that doesn’t make me feel even sicker unlike most over-the-counter remedies!

  3. I love the Yogi Raspberry Leaf tea. I usually drink it if my period is late and usually it somewhat helps my hormones a little bit.

    I live in Texas, so we don’t have much of a change in seasons unless you live in the panhandle area. It’s still pretty hot and sunny here. I just wish we got a little bit of a seasonal change. I love autumn!

    • I’ve always wondered what it’d be like to live somewhere that doesn’t really see a shift in seasons. The seasons change pretty drastically up here, sometimes it seems to go all too fast! The winter months are getting shorter up here and aren’t as cold as they used to be when I was growing up. Back then, I felt like there were three seasons: winter, more winter, and some summer.

  4. Ackkkk. As much as I love winter and the cold, the one thing I do hate about this season is the sickness X_X; I definitely get sicker more when it’s cold and when we’re in that transitional period of hot to cold or vice versa. I hope I won’t get sick this winter, but I know I will get sick at least once. My main illness is usually tonsillitis. I would love to try a medicine-free remedy, but the pain is so intolerable, that I just go to the clinic to get some meds and sometimes a shot on my butt. Luckily, that methods help me recover in 1-3 days, so that’s always a plus.

    • I got tonsillitis a lot growing up! I feel like I would get it if I got hit with the flu around fall/winter months. I don’t remember it being painful, just that I couldn’t eat or swallow as normal. My glands would get swollen that all I could really have was soup. No fun at all!

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