My beloved adopted state of Maine has a late winter/early spring tradition of passing around the same virus until someone succumbs thus satisfying the Gods with a sacrifice.
This past week has been my turn with the virus, which brings fever, cough, lethargy and reduced lung capacity. I refuse to go quietly or loudly wheezing into that good night so I’ve been flooding my body with fluids.
Five Things I Drank This Week:
I went into the virus already a bit dehydrated from winter weather plus too much work. I try to shoot for 75 ounces a day when I’m healthy. But, I’ve been approaching a gallon of water a day with the virus. And I was so dehydrated that I’m still not peeing much. I know TMI but still alarming, right?
Hot tea has been so comforting on my throat as has a cup of hot water with lemon and honey.
I’ve been guzzling grapefruit juice to infuse my bones with as much Vitamin C as possible. Also, grapefruit juice pairs beautifully with tequila in a drink better known as a Paloma.
The cough has been keeping me up despite my exhaustion. So I found myself, clad in dirty yoga pants, fleece half-zip and gardening clogs, wandering the aisles of a drugstore looking for a nighttime cough remedy. I actually bought a bottle but returned it, unopened.
I realized I could add tequila to my grapefruit juice in a quick and dirty version of a paloma, which is a much healthier drink than the bottle of blue liquid without the unpleasant taste and chemicals.
Ah tequila, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.
I do love me an icy cold Coca-Cola and I like to think it has healing powers or at least the power to kill some of the virus with its acidity and bubbles. I had a cold Coke in the afternoons to give myself a break from the never-ending barrage of water and hot tea.
Your turn: Give me a list of your five things this week in the comment section below. It doesn’t have to be five things you drank. It could be five things you threw out or cooked or bought or read, you get the idea.