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#1 gofish

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 06:38 AM

I'm starting over with my flu box and am thinking about what I need.

peppermint candy-helps tummies
phyisium husk/soluble fiber-got this from C4C helps with diarrhea
chamomile tea
gloves/masks
lipbalm- ALDI"S had them for .50 last year
Charman tp-ultra soft
Kleenex
Ibuprofen
toothbrushes- change after being sick
Listerine
thermometers/ covers- each kid has thier own
disenfectant spray
small trash bags-I use Walmart bags, great size for used tissue and can tie handles together to toss out
caugh drops-DH likes Halls
Theraflu cold and sore throat-used this for the 1st time a few weeks ago and I liked it.DH can't use because of meds.
Gatorade

What should I add?

Edited by gofish, 26 September 2010 - 06:46 AM.


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Posted 26 September 2010 - 08:16 AM

Well Gofish, by the look of things I'll come to your house to have flu next time. You have more in the flu box then we have and I'm taking notes here.
Peppermint candy, nice one. We use the ginger syrup, mixed with water and lemon juice makes a great anti-nausea drink. Peppermint might open up those sinuses as well.

Maybe it's a tangent but lately I have this craving for Vit C tablets. The kind that dissolve with bubbles.
Normally I wouldn't touch it with a 3foot pole but since a month now my body seems to crave that stuff.
We don't drink carbonated drinks but this is something like a physical yearn.
Maybe add a few tubes of that to the box as a Vit C boost in case of flu.
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 08:47 AM

Good list Gofish!

I realized this past week that I need to make DS2 a general first aid kit with cold and flu items in it. I can't believe I haven't already done it! whistling.gif I know there is a clinic on campus where he can go but he may not feel up to the walk. This way he can take care of himself in his dorm.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 08:59 AM

A good bottle of some Vit D3 ... and some good Vit C will serve much better then any drug.

I also keep Garlic, Echinachea, Olive leaf, Elderberry... and a few others around at all times.

Personally I would drop that Thera-Flu it just has too many risks for me.

I also keep a variety of teas, mostly formulated for colds & respiratory issues, as well as chamomile and peppermint.

As for electrolytes, some good unrefined salt (such as Celtic salt) is what I use for that.

Distilled (white) vinegar will clean as well as any "disinfectant spray" and is totally safe to have around (as well as cheaper).

Don't really have a "kit" just for flu, but would take large doses of the Vit D3 and treat symptoms. Up to 10,000 units per day will kill off ANY flu much better then any drug on the market. It can also be used (at 2,000-5,000 units per day) as prevention. Its fairly cheap, and your body needs it for many functions.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:00 PM

From personal experience and THEN research-- If you are prone to kidney stones, be careful taking large doses of Vit D3 for any time period. Kidney stones can be a side effect for those prone to them.
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:59 PM

QUOTE (gofish @ Sep 26 2010, 06:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm starting over with my flu box and am thinking about what I need.

peppermint candy-helps tummies
phyisium husk/soluble fiber-got this from C4C helps with diarrhea
chamomile tea
gloves/masks
lipbalm- ALDI"S had them for .50 last year
Charman tp-ultra soft
Kleenex
Ibuprofen
toothbrushes- change after being sick
Listerine
thermometers/ covers- each kid has thier own
disenfectant spray
small trash bags-I use Walmart bags, great size for used tissue and can tie handles together to toss out
caugh drops-DH likes Halls
Theraflu cold and sore throat-used this for the 1st time a few weeks ago and I liked it.DH can't use because of meds.
Gatorade

What should I add?


Well I'm finishing mine now but i put:

Oscillococcinum
Cold Calm
Flu Care
AM & PM Cough Syrup (homeopathic)
Tylenol
Ibuprofen
peroxide
Alcohol
Vicks Rub
Hand Sanitizer
Antibiotic Ointment
Anti Bacterial Wipes
AntiBacterial hand wash
Honey/Lemon cough drops
Citrus Cough Drops
Baby Wipes
Kleenex
Gatorade
Anti Bacterial Soap
Disinfectant Spray
Trash Bags
And I make sure I have lots of soup or things like that so if I'm sick I don't have to worry.

I'm sure there's other things, but right now that's all i can think of.
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 01:09 PM

Good point ... everyone should do their own research on the pros and cons of each choice they make.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 01:25 PM

I'm going to add Simply Saline- nasal mist.http://www.simplysaline.com/
Maybe a netti pot for each person.

I can go from a sinus infection/ head cold to bronchitis that trigers my asthma in less than 24 hours. With threats of being put in the hospital I have to balance using OTC meds for a day or two with a month of asthma meds and the HATED Albuterol. As long as I keep it out of my chest I don't need asthma meds. 2 of my babies are the same way.

Christy I have used ginger in the past, forgot about that.
Vineger and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning would work for me.
Electrolytes- as long as I can get them to drink it. When Son was sick last time he would not drink Gatorade ,said it hurt .
We do have and use vitamins every day.Will get more vit c.

Edited by gofish, 26 September 2010 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 27 September 2010 - 03:44 PM

Plan pringles in the can (NO LOW FAT/FAT FREE). I read (here, I think) that sometimes it's one of the few things that people can keep down.
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Posted 27 September 2010 - 05:36 PM

Pineapple juice.

http://www.associate...ice.html?cat=51

A friend told me about this when Son had strep throat.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:08 AM

good list............................
may I just add that hand sanitizers are really needing at his time But-
Remember to wash your hands (and remind the kids) as many times a day as you can.
Germs are out there and the fastest way to get sick is hand to month germs.

I use blackberry tea for diarrhea

Drink water, drink water, drink water.

you can nEVER have too much garlic at this time of year as well.

**saltines and gingerale soda (pop)- remember your Mom doing this wehen you were a kid? It works when nothing else will stay down.
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:48 AM

great list thanks for all the ideas

Oscillococcinum (this stuff works great )
Kleenex
Ibuprofen
tylenol
thermometers/ and ear one
disenfectant spray
caugh drops/ vitamin c drops
cough meds
Vicks Rub
Hand Sanitizer


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Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:31 PM

My problem with hand sanitizers is that I HATE the feel and smell of them. They just feel so ICKY.

I love blackberry tea, and saltines and Pepsi is what I used for morning sickness.

Has anyone used sweet oil for earaches?

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 09:45 PM

My problem with hand sanitizers is that I HATE the feel and smell of them. They just feel so ICKY.

I love blackberry tea, and saltines and Pepsi is what I used for morning sickness.

Has anyone used sweet oil for earaches?


I have used Similisan earache drops and they work very well. They are in the baby section, but I have used them on myself.

I know someone said thermometers/covers, I want to make a plug for those thermometer strips that you just put on a forehead and take the temp. When my kids were really sick last year I was able to take their temperature without waking them up. I went online and bought a dozen of them lol.. They really were helpful when I didnt want to disturb a sleeping child.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:38 AM

It' that time of year again. Colld and flu things are going on sale.
Anyone have any new ideas to add?

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:51 AM

I have added the following:

some apple juice (tiny plastic jugs)
instant cup-o-noodle soup (chicken and ramen)
diet 7-up (cans)
Some OTC, herbal & homeopathic supplements: nux vomica (for nausea); advill, meclazine (if the homeopathic doens't work), activated charcoal (for the really grumbly gut - warning - your stools will be dark for a few days!),
water-soluble fiber
Liners for the trash cans (for throwing up)
Some tea & sweetener
I always keep some yogurt starter around (I make my own) so I can cook up a batch of yogurt to re-populate the gut bacteria
Thermometers (and covers if needed)
Know where an extra sweater, blankie, comforter, or wool socks are
Ear wash (I mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide, cider vinegar and water and drop it in the ear to ward off infections) and swab out

I also have a set of antibiotics on hand in case of secondary infections...it's been valuable more than once.

Also, some soup-in-the-can or freezer items that are pre-made or fast is essential.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 12:27 PM

From personal experience and THEN research-- If you are prone to kidney stones, be careful taking large doses of Vit D3 for any time period. Kidney stones can be a side effect for those prone to them.



It maybe be because many of us are deficient in magnesium and don't know it. Research from as far back as the 60's has supported this. Here's a couple articles on it (kidney stones are toward the bottom).

http://www.calmnatur...sium-deficiency

http://www.annlouise...eart-and-bones/



The thing I'd add to the flu kit is the Kleenex with menthol in them. They are the only ones my daughter likes and they do smell good and help open you up a little. They are getting harder and harder to find though.
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:18 PM

Hi Windmorn! I take magnesium every day. I do take D3 is I'm around a lot of sick people for several days in a row but I do't take it like I used to--all the time. Actually, I'm out in the sun more now than I used to be!
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 05:43 PM

Hi snapshotmiki! Looks like you already knew of magnesium's benefits. I'm glad you brought up kidney stones. Thinking about the magnesium reminded me I haven't been taking mine and that may be why I have been having trouble going to sleep.


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Posted 31 October 2011 - 12:13 AM

I have most of the stuff up there too. I also have some of those Breath Right strips. I put one on when I'm trying to sleep. It helps a little. I live alone so I usually have to fend for myself. I want something I can open quick, heat up and eat.

Along with meds I just make sure I have some;
Canned chicken & rice soup
Canned homestyle chicken noodle soup
Crackers
Gator Ade
Dr. Pepper
Toast
Popsicles

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