Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Slow Recovery

It's been a looooong week of feeling yuckier than I have in years. A bug bit me hard and has hung on for almost a week now. Thought it was probably strep throat at first, but a negative result on the test showed it was "just a virus", meaning no antibiotics. I was told to wait it out. After several miserable days of severe sore throat and feeling like I was going to cough up a lung, I went back to the Dr.  She gave in and ordered drugs - finally - that are slowly starting to kick in. Today is the first day I've felt well enough to even blog.

So, enough with the whining. Let's get on with something way more fun. How about a giveaway? Onalee sent in this picture of her Fiddlesticks quilt using KT fabrics. Thanks for sharing - it looks great! This is a simple pattern to piece featuring 2 1/2" strips. I've got the pattern and some strips to get you started if you comment here by Sunday 10pm. Let me know your favorite home remedy for colds/flu or to stay well this winter. I'm ready to try anything!

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  1. Lynne... What a surprise when I got on the site and saw my quilt. Thanks for using it! Just sent you another one I finished this morning, it still needs quilted, but it is my 10 years and counting BOM.
    I have come down with something also... lots of Vit. C, and hot tea with lemon and honey. Also I do a lot with herbs. Two that work great are Echinacea Supreme and the one and only thing I use for sore throat is Pau D'Arco. I use them in a liquid form with a dropper. The Pau D'Arco i drop right down my throat... it makes your throat stop hurting almost immediately! Some are afraid to try these herbs... but these ones are my go to when I feel a cold coming on. Mine started yesterday, this morning I had a sore throat, just a dropper full and that is gone. Cold not gone, but it does keep it from lasting so long. I get these at my local health food store.
    Thanks again for using my quilt..
    Get feeling better...

    Onalee
    NE Ohio

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  2. Sorry to hear that you weren't feeling well. Last year I had that awful cough that seemed to hang on forever. Someone told me to try honey and lemon and it either worked or the cough just ran its course. Thanks yet again for the chance to win.

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  3. I put on an old thermal undershirt that used to belong to my Dad and rub my whole chest down with Vicks. The shirt is almost the only thing I have of Dad's and I just love wearing it when I'm sick-makes me feel wrapped in his love.

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  4. So glad you are feeling better. We always go with the hot lemon with honey. The hotter the better. When the cough is bad--straight honey on a spoon. Along with some of the old remedies such as rubbing Vicks on the bottom of your feet!!! It does work.

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  5. We live in arid Utah so I find that running the humidifier always helps with a speedy recovery.

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  6. Nothing is worse than a sore throat. You don't want to swallow but it seems like that's all you do. I read somewhere to cure a sore throat wrap a wool sock around your neck. I don't know why a sock but keeping your neck warm does makes you feel better.

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  7. GLAD YOU'RE BETTER!
    REST IS THE BEST CURE WE THINK.
    THANKS AS ALWAYS FOR SHARING!

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  8. Have a really really hot soak in the bath and drink a hot drink at the same time. This is supposed to help heat up the body enough to kill off a stubborn virus. Have your flannel jammies waiting near by to keep you warm when you are done. Feel better soon. This looks like a fast and fun pattern. Thanks.

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  9. Take it easy! I think a glass of damson gin helps too!!

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  10. Hot orange juice/lemon juice with honey..has to be really hot.

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  11. Sleep, hot liquids, more sleep. The humidifier helps with sleep! Love the quilt 'cause I love strips!

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  12. I take vitamin C, hot tea, and put a warm rice bag on my feet. Thanks for the giveaway. Kathie L in Allentown

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  13. I'm glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better. Don't you love the "it's just a virus" line? Ugh. I had "just a virus" a few years back. Not fun. After the third day of a fever, I thought I was going to die. Remember to drink lots of water and some toasty chicken noodle soup. I never drink enough and my cough get out of control.

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  14. Bless your heart...a sore throat is the pits! I'm glad you are much better! The quilt you posted is gorgeous!! I just love KT fabrics!

    Here it goes...herbal teas that contain echinacea, ginger, and some honey to sweeten that tea. Airborne, the stuff you can buy at a drugstore or wal-mart or target and let it dissolve in water--take it at the first sign of illness, or when you are going to travel on an airplane, or be around a lot of folks during cold/flu season. Oil of oregano capsules work wonders for the immune system! Also, odorless garlic helps sore throats, and is a natural antibiotic. Hope this helps! God bless you, and thank you for your blog! :)

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  15. I love the quilt. I love the simplicity of the pattern.

    Our all time favorite cold remedy is Oil of Oregano. My children don't like the taste, but have come to realize that it works!!! Now they ask for it whenever a sore throat or drippy nose start. I use Oreganol P73. Just 3 or 4 drops in 2 oz of juice and swig it down. And the cold is gone in about 3 days!!

    I hope they goes through, my first message said server was down.

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  16. Glad that you are beginning to feel better. I like tea with lemon and honey when I am not feeling well. I also agree that staying hydrated is important, which can be be difficult when one has a sore throat. Hope you continue to feel better. Love the pattern, thanks for the chance to win.

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  17. What a bummer to be so sick for so long. I'm glad you are feeling better. I don't have any wonderful cures. I just know washing your hands as often as possible can help prevent those pesky germs from getting to you to start with.

    The quilt is gorgeous. Would love to try making it.

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  18. Hot tea...a warm wool shawl...fleece jammies...and cozy slipper socks on my feet. And then there are vitamin C tablets to.

    I'm glad you're getting better. I think viruses are getting tougher with the weird weather patterns. Strange winter here this year.

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  19. How exciting to have a chance to win the pattern and some fabrics to begin the quilt made by my talented cousin!!! Sorry to hear you are ill. I just avoid hand contact with people, and it seems that Vitamin D (if you are lacking it) helps the immune system. Get plenty of rest and the antibiotics should kick in soon. Thanks -- Lana D.

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  20. I take vitamin C when I feel something coming on. Between that and a Mind over Matter attitude, I hope to ward off the cold/flu. I think it works, sometimes.

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  21. Vitamin C, but not from a pill. I have an orange almost daily and when I start having a sore throat (even a tickle) I start gargling with warm salt water and drink hot tea with honey and lemon. I'm serious about the tea - a few years ago I was scheduled to sing for my nephew's wedding and got laryngitis. About a half gallon of hot tea and lemon and honey in 24 hours shook it so I could sing. Good luck and thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. I use Vitamin C crystals, really keeps the lungs clear.
    I have displaced ribs, so I can't get coughing colds, so I do take cillin when I have to.
    Another thing I do when I am sick is make spaghetti sauce with hot peppers and red pepper. The red pepper sweetens the sauce and the hot gives it a nice zing, plus everything in it is full of vitamin C.

    Debbie

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  23. One thing I do religiously is to wash my hands as soon as I come home from being out in public. I try to stop those germs at the door. I'm a big believer in Zicam when I feel symptoms coming on. It really seems to stop or minimize anything that tries to get a foothold in my respiratory system. Staying hydrated also helps the immune system.

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  24. I find it essential to go for a walk outside every day to get fresh air and blow the germs away. I work at a University and the students are always sick around me. I also soak in a hot bath every night to relieve stress, followed by a good night's sleep. Of course, quilting on the weekends to restore my sanity too! Thanks for the opportunity to win something beautiful!

    Maureen, CO

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  25. Welcome to the 'flu' club! I too have been ill with the crud for over a week. My absolute favorite is chicken noodle soup, warm baths and my electric lap robe. Anything that provides comfort! Love the pattern and fabrics.

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  26. That quilt is the fourth quilt made from Kansas Troubles fabric - was down to smaller 2 1/2" pieces. I really like a tea made from boiling a piece of gingeroot (about the size of your thumb) and cut in half lenghtwise, in 4 cups water with 2-3 cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate, then when you need a tea, heat with a tsp of honey. This sooths a cough. Also, I start taking Airborne as soon as I feel like a cold is coming on.

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  27. We've had something going around too. For the first time ever we tried alka seltzer, and it really helped us feel better.
    I love the Fiddlesticks quilt. What a great way to use small strips!
    I hope you feel better soon!!

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  28. Beautiful quilt.
    I get a flu shot every year and the first sign of a sniffle hot tea with honey. Something few of us ever get, lots of rest.

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  29. I am so sorry you have been sick. I have found that lots of liquids...hot or cold...keeps the "junk" more fluid and easier to blow or cough out. A nice warm quilt and flannel jammies make you feel more comfortable. Don't forget your flu shot.

    Theresa W

    foleywestrup(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. I swear by a hot bath in which I've poured rubbing acholol. it'll ease a sore muscle and cool a fever. And don't forget the Vicks Vabor rub!

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  31. How kind of you....you have to go to the doc and we get the "lollipop" **smile** I am like DebrafromMD, I wash my hands religiously and keep my hands away from my face. I haven't had a cold, sniffles or cough in years. Hope you're as good as new SOON. Thanks for the chance to win some of your beautiful fabric. SWarren

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  32. Sorry you have been feeling so yucky. My husband has been coughing since before Christmas. Medicine didn't help so he goes back to the Dr. tomorrow. I like to drink lots of fluids and wash my hands a lot! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  33. Oh, the joy of being healthy!! My DH eats an orange every day and has not had the flu for about eight years. Like others, I wash my hands reguarly but with an organic liquid soap, don't use any antibacterial soap. I also try to sip a large glass of filtered water with two teaspoons of organic apple cidar vinegar and squeezed lemon juice in it thoroughout the day, as well as drinking filtered water regularly. Hope your feeling better soon.

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  34. Drink a lot of water, wash hands and drink some Traditional Medicinal Throat Coat Tea. Feel better! Beautiful quilt!

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  35. Onalee's quilt is gorgeous! Sorry you have been sick for so long. Tea with honey and lemon and lots of rest. ;-) We are kinda handwashing freaks here too. One yr DD had a child in her class very allergic to peanuts, they put a sink outside the classroom, and everyone had to wash their hands before going into the classroom~ what a difference it made with colds in her class that year! Healthiest kids in school. LOL So I'm always telling DH and the kids, wash your hands! LOL Hope you feel better soon!

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  36. Sorry to hear that you caught the flu bug. This winter I got a flu shot. Seems to work since I have been around people who have it and I haven't yet!!!!!! Also I too wash my hands as soon as I get home. Quilting also helps you feel better, play with your fabric and you will soon start to feel better!!!!
    Carol L

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  37. Sorry to hear you've been sick. As far as health remedies, I've only got one word for you...HONEY.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/honey/AN01799

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  38. Glad to hear that you are beginning to feel better! When I think that I may have a virus, I begin drinking lots of ice cold water or hot peppermint tea. Spraying my nose with Saline solution helps. I'm completely hooked on Black Cherry sugar free cough drops:) Take care! Take naps if you can.

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  39. Hope you are feeling better soon! I get a mug of hot water and add a tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon and sip it, really helps to soothe a sore throat!

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  40. Sorry to hear you've been sick but hope you'll soon be back to you old self. My husband swears by Alka Seltzer but I like hot tea and a spoonful of honey to soothe the throat. Also use a lot of hand sanitizer!

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  41. Being sick is so not fun... I hope that you'll be feeling much better very, very soon! My cold remedies are: lots of rest, as much as possible; echinacea and vitamin C-- mega doses; lots of clear liquids and hot chicken soup; Nyquil at night-- helps me sleep; and if I'm achy or feverish-- tylenol (and if I'm really bad, I take Ibuprofen too-- just be sure to eat something with it..)

    Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful prize!! :-)

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  42. Sorry to hear you have been feeling poorly...never any fun. Along with the usual, drink lots of liquid, get lots of rest, Vit C and chicken soup my Mom was a big believer in making regular jello and drinking it down while it was a warm liquid. It was easy to 'eat', gave needed calories and settled an uneasy stomach. Hope you feel better soon.

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  43. my favorite "cure" for the common cold is vix vapor rub (the old fashioned gooey kind) NyQuil, flannel jammies, wool socks and puffs plus tissues...oh and a shot of tequilla! Hope you feel better soon and thanks for a chance to win - laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net (oh,and I was kidding about the tequilla)

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  44. OOOOO K... here goes. I read this recently - and it sounds a bit painful - but - when you have fever - IF you put ice at your feet and wrap them up at night as you sleep... your body will send the heat down to your feet and you'll wake up fever free. Have not tried this (not sure I would) but - ?
    My favorite best thing I like when I am sick - is - Phenergran and sleep it off with a dog on both sides of me cuddled up close. I ask to keep phenergran (sp?) in my home for midnight emergency's.
    When your throat hurts so badly - anything to numb your throat... like popsicles - icy cold numbing sweet ice. If you get real fruit ones - you can be adding vitamin C too.
    Hope you are feeling better now.
    Cathy Byrd
    byrd at gulftel.com
    I finally learned how to follow (now I am a bonified follower :-) )

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  45. I hope you are feeling better. My favourite remedy? Echineacea and also the juice from 1/2 lemon freshly squeezed in a cup of cold water. Seems to work for me.

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  46. Sorry to hear you have been sick. I drink lots of green tea when I feel something coming on and lots of water also Echineacea. On a happy note: brought home a charm pack of Sandhill Plums yesterday. YUM!
    Kathy in Michigan

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  47. Benadryl, water, and prayer....grin. Feel better.

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  48. Nothing better than honey for a sore throat. I'm not sure if you have 'Vicks Vapor Rub' in the US, if you do rub some on the soles of your feet, cover with socks before you go to bed. Hope you are feeling much better
    I'd love to win the pattern & some fabric strips

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  49. Drink plenty of Kangen water, echinacea, and Vit. C. :)

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  50. Sorry you are down. I was for 2 weeks went to dr. and got meds. Stay in bed and keep warm and use vicks it really helps. Get beter soon.
    Love the pattern and would love to make it.
    Sandy S.

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  51. Hope you feel better soon!

    My remedy, lot's of rest, water, cough drops and medicine (if appropriate).

    Cynthia

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  52. Hope you feel better soon, sorry, I don't have any home remedies, unless it is rest, rest, rest.

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  53. Hot lemonade is a suggestion that was made for me and my sorethroats by my grandma. I found out later that she would have hot brandy so maybe that is another suggestion I should make! Get better soon!

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  54. So sorry to hear you have been sick. A sore throat is just the worst! I like to suck on hard candy, peppermint or butterscotch, when I have a sore throat. The extra moisture just makes my throat feel better. Plus aspirin, lots of fluids and rest. Hope you are all better soon! Thanks for a chance to win. That looks like a great quilt for my grandson's high school graduation gift. It is very masculine looking, he is headed to Army boot camp right after he is out of school. I think it would work great! ! !

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  55. Ooo, I like that--thanks for the giveaway! So sorry you've been feeling so crappy but hopefully those meds'll kick in with a vengeance. No home remedies for me--I run to the doc as soon as I get sick for drugs! LOL I'm a weanie.

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  56. My favorite is chicken soup with a hefty dose of cayanne pepper to clear the nasal passages! Works like a charm. Home made is best but I have used canned and added the cayanne pepper.

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  57. Fiddlesticks looks like a fun pattern. Thank you for the opportunity to win. My favorite cold remedy is hot and sour soup from the nearest chinese restuarant. Warms me up and clears out congestion like cayanne pepper does. Hope you're feeling 100% soon. andrea in calif. lucases(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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  58. Wow Lynne, I am so sorry to read that you have felt yucky sick. It seems I am either super healthy or really sick, not much in between. Over the years I have narrowed down what works for me...when I feel as if I may be getting sick I start with two echinacea herbal supplements (too harsh on an empty stomach, eat prior to taking) and one supplement every 12 hours for 2 or 3 days; drink more water than you care to and keep warm. If my throat hurts, the old rememdy of salt in warm water to gargle (sp?) with as often as I can...I haven't found anything that works better. If you don't have echinacea, zinc tablets can be substituted but I never take more than 1 every 12 hours, never longer than 2 days. Hope you find what works for you to keep those yucky colds away.

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  59. Lynne - get well soon. It seems when we are as busy as we are - the sickness goes on forever! I drink plenty of water and orange juice and gator aid. More than I want. "they" say we are dehydrated and that we need more fluids which is why we feel achy. And I allow myself to sleep and rest.

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  60. Is it February yet? I'm waiting for the Sugar Hill Plums! lol! Beautiful quilt in the picture and it looks like it's a quick stitch too! Glad you are feeling better.... when I am that sick it is sleep, hot liquids, sleep, sleep and more hot liquids... soup , tea, and more soup... and some more sleep... lol!

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  61. Hope you feel better soon. My suggestions for staying well is to always get a flu shot each year, and always use the hand sanitizer cloths they have at the door of the grocery store/WalMart to wipe down the cart before touching it. And my tip for controlling a cough is chewing gum - Wrigley's 5 Cobalt works really well for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  62. I'm sorry you are ill, and this won't prevent the cold/flu, but it will make your throat feel better! I like to drink *green tea with honey and lemon in it. It is very soothing and I have read that the green tea is also good at clearing the sinuses too. Feel Better, Lynda

    *FAVORITE green tea? Tazo brand "Zen" (green tea,lemon verbena, spearmint, and lemongrass)

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  63. Love the quilt! I just found a box of KT leftovers (I always purchase at least 1/2 yard more than the pattern requires) and decided to use them for my first BOM project. My 8y/o twins have had a nasty cold and when I made chicken soup, the youngest said, "OH! I LOVE this kind! (Lots of carrots & clear broth). Hope you feel better soon!

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  64. Oh, so sorry you are not feeling so hot but on the mend.
    I love grapefruit and I find if I eat 1/2 a grapefruit a day I stay well. I find eating an orange will do it too. Lots of vitamin C.
    I wash my hands a lot in the winter too.
    Get well soon.

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  65. Oh boy, sorry you are stuck with this bug. I think our warmer conditions this winter are lending to all of these bugs floating around. Just make sure you get enough rest and I have found that "Musinex" helps to clear up some of that excess crud we cough up. Love the quilt and everything looks so great in KT fabrics.

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  66. I hope you feel better soon. I drink a lot of water to try and flush out the cold.

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  67. Feel better soon! I cannot live without my Neti pot. Get lots of rest...that seems to work the best for me!

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  68. When I am sick like that, I sometimes am able to convince my husband to make his cure-all soup for me. It's great when you're congested or if you're suffering from an upset stomach. Saute finely chopped onion in just a little bit of butter until translucent. Add a can of chicken broth (we use Swanson). Serve hot and enjoy. Simple yet I think it's effective. Of course, part of it might be the fact that I'm being waited on LOL!

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  69. Hot tea with honey and lots of rest! Get well woon!

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  70. Bless your heart. About this time last year, I suffered through a nasty viral illness that sounds similar to your experience. I try not to touch my face, my glasses, and especially my eyes whenever I am out and about, hoping that I won't infect myself. However, I knew the exact moment I infected myself in this particular instance. My son had been ill. I accidentally picked up his water glass and took a sip. I hoped I hadn't caught his bug, but a few days later, I succumbed. Had the sore, raw throat, and the cough seemed to hang on forever! I think my constant coughing spread germs to my two parrots, and they ended up at the vet for treatment. The birds recovered after receiving antibiotics. What a costly epidemic that turned out to be (in our home, anyway)!

    Take care. Hope you spring back quickly.

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  71. Home made cough syrup was one of my mother's...fresh squeezed lemon, honey and some gin. It worked.
    Onalee's quilt is "WOW"!
    CathyC in Alberta
    cathyc1950@gmail.com

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  72. Sounds like tea & honey have the overwhelming vote but if you hit it with a little bit of Brandy you sleep really well. Of course having a cat curl up at your feet to keep you warm & cozy is always a good feeling. Wonderful quilt! Thanks for all your generosity.

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  73. Lynne,
    So sorry you "caught" the bug. It has sure been making it's way around Kansas. My husband and I had it in November. All we could do was rest (sinning at a recline), take Mucinix, and drink tea. Hope you are soon much better.

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  74. Warm drinks, I like hot chocolate or cider but lots of liquid, more than you think you need. And a good antibiotic! I hope you feel better soon. Darn, its miserable to feel miserable. So Sorry.

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  75. Drink a "ton" of water and rest. I hope you are feeling better. It is just miserable to be sick. I have no patience for it at all.

    Best Wishes,
    Mary

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  76. Lynn:
    I had what you have...only longer. You MUST have homemade chicken soup. If you cannot cook an organic whole chicken for broth, use two breasts. Cook until meat is ready to fall off. Strain. Put in fridge for fat to collect to top. Discard fat. In the broth put cut up celery hearts, small chopped onion, organic carrots, chopped.Put one container of Pacific organic chicken broth. Add fresh organic parsley. In separate pot, cook pasta. I prefer homemade pasta but it is hard to find in the store. Put that into your soup along with the shredded pieces of chicken. I would make this for you if I could. Please try this...it is my life saver and has been for 40 years...Love, Mary

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  77. Hot tea with honey!
    Conny from Red Deer, Alberta

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  78. Take lots of vitamin C. My daughter takes EmergenC every day in the winter. (she's at college with lots of kids. i.e. germs) Hope you get to feeling better soon!
    Love the quilt!

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  79. An old remedie is a warm wet handkerchief covered with a scarf before you go to bed...
    groetjes Marijke

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  80. My favorite remedy would be a brandy hot toddie. It may not make it go away but you'll feel better!

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  81. So sorry you have been feeling under the weather! My favorite treatment for a bad cold/sore throat is to chow down on really hot (think jalapenos), freshly made salsa. For me, it seems to burn a sore throat out very quickly. I also load up on lots of vitamin C.

    The quilt is lovely!

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  82. My all-time favorite cold/flu remedy was a hot toddy made for me by British nun. I was in college, traveling in the UK, and had picked up Something Nasty. Coughed so much I didn't have a voice any more. Coughed so much, I wasn't able to sleep. The sister brought me this wonderful hot drink that soothed my throat and then knocked me out. The uninterrupted sleep meant I was miles better the next day! I think it was brandy+honey+hot water, but I regret to say I didn't ask when I thanked her.

    Feel better!

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  83. Sorry to hear you have been sick! I find that hot peppermint tea helps me when I have a sore throat. Or throat coat tea.
    I love that Fiddliesticks quilt--it looks fast, easy and beautiful in those fabrics. I'd love to win this giveaway!

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  84. Sorry to hear you've been sick! My favorite thing when I am sick is hot peppermint tea or throat coat tea. I hope you feel better soon!
    I love that Fiddlesticks quilt! It looks so quick, easy and beautiful!
    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  85. So sorry to hear that you have been sick. My best remedy is hot tea and honey and LOTS of rest! Love the quilt, would love to win the pattern and strips.

    hl3smith@yahoo.com

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  86. Viruses run their course. That said the best remedy I do is wash evey door knob and handle you contact. The bathroom, stove & fridge. Be sure to clean your computer key board just no soap and water as the two don't mix! The reason, while your body is trying to fight you are an easy target for more germs and can transfer to others easily. Handles are one of the best storehouses. Hot water and soap work best. Find a warm corner and heal quickly.

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  87. I've become a believer in Zicam. I started with a sore throat a couple of months ago and started the Zicam right away for the next 48 hours. Oh, I did get the cold, but it really only lasted 4-5 days instead of the 10+ and didn't settle in my lungs like it normally does.

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  88. Thanks for the great giveaway! Pain reliever, hot tea and rest help when I get sick. I hope you feel better soon.

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  89. Hi Lynne, good to know you are slowly "on the mend" We usually take a couple of aspirin, and have hot lemon and honey drinks, doesn't hurt to take some Vitamin C pills as well. :)
    I love that pattern using the strips, it looks great. Sandy. :)

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  90. I can't take a lot of cold medications due to other medications - my go to soother is Tang, but made with hot water instead of cold. It is citrusy and helps soothe my throat and open up my sinuses. Knock on wood- I have not needed it yet this season. Hope you feel better soon!

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  91. Ginger tea with a spoon of honey drink it when hot or warm. I hope this will help. Thanks :)

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  92. Tea, hot chicken soup, OJ, lots of blankets and a dog or cat or two.

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  93. The best remedy is to SURRENDER and go to bed!If not better in a few days, go to the doctor. Hope you feel better soon.

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  94. Hot green tea, homemade chicken noodle soup seems to work pretty good along with rest that most women like me don't want to give into.

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  95. Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Lots of bed rest and chicken noodle soup is my remedy. And I always practice avid hand washing to help avoid getting sick in the first place. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  96. I have no remedy just alot of sympathy.My husband just went through it coughed for 2 1/2 weeks and he is recovering from open heart surgery (dec7) at the same time.Very painful to cough.Hope you are better soon.

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  97. I just read the remedies. I try Robitussin, hot tea and honey, drink a lot of water/liquids, and get plenty of sleep. A nice stack of patterns to read, or quilt magazines, a little hand work---always a thought to try and keep my mind off of being sick. A warm quilt or two to cover with. Hope you feel better. I just love this quilt. I love your fabric! Take care.

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  98. Hi Lynne
    Sorry to hear you are down and out. Sounds like your're going to make a speedy recovery with those meds. I make some good homemade chicken noodle soup. With the homemade noodles and frozen vegetables(from the garden). Along with alot of water and rest. Something my grandma told me to do. I gotta hand it to her, it works for me and my family. Beautiful quilt. Great job Onalee. I will have to add that pattern to my library. Looks like there will be some strippin going on. Fabric that is!!!! Love your fabric. Take care and get well. In Stitches Diane

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  99. Hope you are feeling even better this evening. I'm very lucky as I don't get sick. I can't remember when the last time was that I had a cold or flu. (I'm knocking on wood.) I try not to say that too much as I'm afraid one of these times I'm going to get with something terrible. I attribute my "healthiness" to eating a yogurt every morning for breakfast. It seems that ever since I started doing this I haven't been sick. I would drink alot and get extra rest if I was sick as that's what my mom always said would help make you feel better. Love the quilt. Take care of yourself.

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  100. Don't you hate that when they make you wait, and suffer, before they give you anything? Glad you are on the mend. Love the Fiddlesticks. I'm just finishing up a Schnibbles with some of my KT stash.

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  101. Glad you are feeling better! I try very hard not to catch anything so I keep up with flu and pneumonia shots, wash my hands whenever I go out ( carry little bottle of hand sanatizer )and in the winter try to avoid crowded places. If I start not feeling well, I drink lots and lots of fluids and sleep alot under my comforter and quilts, better if my kitty snuggles with me :) Just have to remember your body is struggling to get better so just rest no matter what you think you have to do.
    the quilt and the fabric are just beautiful!! thanks for the chance to win.

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  102. hhmmmm...A nice hot cup of tea and a cozy quilt combined with nowhere to go are the best remedies in my book! They almost make it worth being sick. :) Feel better soon!

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  103. What a great giveaway! Nothing makes me feel better than knowing there is nowhere I have to be...an emptied schedule and a warm quilt and some lemon tea and I am nearly happy to be sick. :P feel better soon!

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  104. I hope you are feeling better. In our house the best remedy is definitely chicken soup. I always make extra and keep a container or two in the freezer. When I am sick, all I have to do is defrost and heat.

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  105. So sorry to hear you were under the weather. I usually have at the very least, turkey broth in the freezer (made from the Thanksgiving "remains"). It makes great soup. I think the remedy has something to do with the steam as you eat it as hot as you can stand it. I am also a believer in giving in, going to bed under a wonderful quilt and not worrying about what needs to get done. Glad you are on the mend and thanks for another great give away.

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  106. Beautiful quilt! The best home remedy is rest--and plenty of it---to get through a cold/flu. Homemade chicken noodle soup never hurts either. Hope you feel better soon.

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  107. sorry to hear your not feeling well, I snuggle under a blanket with lots to drink from juice,to broth, and a good book. Lots of rest. Hope your feeling much better & thanks for the giveaway.

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  108. I use hand sanitizer and wash my hand so much in the winter I have to use lots of hand lotion. I have not been sick in a few years (Hope I didn't stick my foot in my mouth). My family been doing too and we have been healthy.
    Thanks, Karin E :)

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  109. So sorry to hear you have been sick, I pray you will be much better!! You may not believe this, if you are all stuffy with nasal congestion, maybe a bit of scratchy throat, if you will rub some Vicks Vapo-rub all on your neck around your tonsil area, and even put a dab of it into your nose before you go to bed at night, when you wake in the morning you will feel all better!!
    Drink plenty of fluids, and snuggling up under your favorite quilt helps too!

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  110. Being sick is such a waste of our time. I hope you are up and feeling much better. When I start to feel a sore throat or cough come on I really overload on vitamin C both a supplement and oj. And then I work really hard at talking myself out of being sick...sort of mind over matter. It works some of the time. Your pattern and, of course, the fabric both working together to make a really great looking quilt. Love the chance to win...maybe 2012 will be my lucky year. Thanks!!!!!

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  111. I've been there too - I use Vicks as well as strong cough drops, peppermint, hot green tea/lemon/honey, GatorAde, a hot rice bag for the achy parts, and lots of rest.
    Meanwhile, I like that quilt and appreciate inclusion in the drawing for the giveaway.

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  112. I use Vicks also on your chest and throat. My husband hates the smell, but I think it helps. I am also a believer in the NeilMed Sinus Rinse. Start using it at the first sign of a sinus problem.

    Onalee did a beautiful job on the quilt. Please include me in the drawing and thanks for the chance to win.

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  113. My favorite remedy is home made chicken soup. I also take vitamin c and zinc. I really think the combination helps.

    Get feeling well soon.:)

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  114. Advil cold and sinus seem to work well for me and dont make me feel yuckier than i already do, get some extra rest if you can love the fiddle sticks quilt she did a great job

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  115. Sorry to hear you are sick. I haven't gotten a flu for years and am grateful for that. I did have a short cold recently that hubby gave me :P I had just made a mixed fruit salad with grapefruit, oranges and pomegranate seeds and kept a bowl in the fridge...ate it up in three days and when I finally started his cold, it wasn't nearly as bad or long in duration...I say get some vitamin C!!!!

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  116. Debbie (quiltangel@zoominternet.net)January 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Sorry you're feeling bad, hopefully better by now. Warm liquids and quilts are the best remedies, plus it helps to have someone around to take care of you! Relax your body and mind, people feel better when they let everything go. That quilt is beautiful and love the fabrics, of course, they're my faves.

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  117. My Italian neighbour gave me a bottle of home made grappa. No germ will survive1
    Hope good health returns soon.

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  118. I drink GatorAde and eat chicken noodle soup. Advil cold and sinus really helps too. Hope you are feeling much better by now.
    sheila.fernkopf@gmail.com

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  119. At the first sign of a cold or flu, I start drinking baking soda and water, 1/2 tsp per mug I believe. I drink it every couple of hours to start and then less as I feel better. Room temp water tastes the best to me and I just chug it all down so I only have to taste it once. The purpose is to balance your body's PH and make it more alkaline, which is an environment in which viruses cannot survive. I originally got the tip from an old Edgar Cayce book. Generally works pretty well for me.

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  120. Lovely quilt. Hope you are feeling better now. Kay Jay

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  121. I drink ginger tea. Fresh ginger is good for the immune system, so throw some in a stir fry too. I like zinc lozenges for a sore throat.

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  122. Lots of tender loving care from your family is a good
    cure for the cold or flu. Hope you are feeling better
    soon.

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  123. Lots of great remedies to try! I had the same creepin crud and it continues to hang on but not like the first few days. I've found my humidifier to be a god-send and anything "mentholated." Just try to keep "rested" so we don't run ourselves down and get it all over again!

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  124. This my first time to your blog. I love the fabrics.
    As my mom always says drink lots of water.
    Oh, and keep your doors locked. :)

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  125. Glad you're feeling better. I've started taking vitamin D, so far so good, and hopefully will stay that way. I love making quilts with the 2 1/2" strips - they go together so quickly! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  126. For a sore throat, gargle with hot water. And drink lots of clear liquids. Love that Fiddlesticks quilt.

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  127. Sorry to hear you been sick! For sore throat gargle with salt in warm water and drink a lot of water. I love the quilt and could see myself putting one together. Would love to win! Thanks for your wonderful fabrics and sharing with us!! I appreciate it!! Patty D from Crystal City, MO.

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  128. My mohter always made me drink hot tea. To this day I consider tea to be "medicine". But, my Mammaw started every day with a pot of tea and lived to be 89.

    When I got the crud last month nothing was working. I resorted to hot tea, lemon and honey - heavy on the lemon. If my cough got too bad I switched the tea to bourbon but kept the honey and lemon and as hot as I could stand it. It did help a lot.

    Lots of fluids. Chicken soup really does have some healing properties. Good luck and thanks for the chance to win.

    Mary

    LulaMayIrene@gmail.com

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  129. Just checking in to see if you are feeling better. I am looking forward to your updated web.

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  130. hanging my head over a boiling pot of lemon water with a towel over my head. rest, rest, rest....jmh

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  131. Lynne, OK, here's the "cure" from an old office nurse of many years...first off, take a good hot shower, that will clear everything, then, have a pair of buttered (real, not not not margarine) toasts, and a small cup of V8, then finish it off with some good hot Red Rose tea...the shower alone will make you feel human again, and the liquids and vitamins in the juices and tea will spruce you up, the buttered toast will activate all the energy..take care, do not even think of housework...Feel better, take those meds...Best, Jeanne

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  132. Wash your hands often. Think of the grocery cart at the store, the door to the public restroom, and the list goes on. Don't touch your face or put your fingers to your mouth. There are so many things you can touch where you will pick up other people's germs. Hope you are feeling better. Cheryl

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