For pete's sake, how do I stay well?

  1. I literally have been sick since Dec. I'll get well and then a few days later it's on again. It's all viral I'm assuming as I'm passing on the "gift" to everyone in my house. I started clinicals this semester along with didactic so I'm sure stress is what's killing my immune system. Any tips you can give me on homeopathic boosters for my I.S.? TIA!
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Visit the doctor. That's a long time to be on and off sick like that.
  4. by   catlover13
    When I was in A&P, my instructor, the dept chair said over and over:

    EAT BETTER
    LOSE WEIGHT
    EXERCISE MORE
    STOP SMOKING

    and that doing these things would improve your health, and reduce symptoms of acute/chronic conditions.

    At first we thought she was kidding, but she has the right idea.

    Do small steps:

    Eat more fruits/vegetables. Will help boost your immune system, fill you up, and help you to eat less, so you can

    Lose weight, one I struggle with....

    and exercise more, also boosts your immune system.

    I've started to exercise, and I feel less hungry, am eating less, have more energy, and am sleeping less (as in being so tired I need a nap...)

    If you smoke, my heart goes out to you. I'm an ex smoker, and this is one tough habit to break...

    If these dont fit into your lifestyle, think of some that do, they dont have to be big huge changes, just little ones to help boost your body's reserves.

    Hope this helps!!

    Lynn
  5. by   CaLLaCoDe
    [font=book antiqua]i recommend plenty of yogart to rebuild your natural immunity. it is common to become sick early on in one's career. your body is adjusting to working in a pardon the expression "garbage dump" of microbrial refuse. your immunity will become probably more resilient to these illnesses as time progresses. when i started working in the hospital setting i became sick quite often, but as time has shown my immunity has kicked in and i am infrequently ill. watch your diet, get rest, take supplements, wash your hands (i know, stupid me!) and watch who you kiss.:smilecoffeecup:

    [font=book antiqua]ps. as above, catlover recommends, exercise regularly, as in walking or running....definitely helps to boost the immune system.

    [font=book antiqua]also i discourage as my practice to take antibiotics hastily, ginger and garlic are known antibiotics in their own raw state, not cooked. i know this [font=book antiqua]sounds crazy, but let your natural immunity kick in and don't nuke the system is my logic.
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Mar 4, '07
  6. by   Tweety
    Eat lots of fruits and vegetbables that are immune boosting and antioxidant rich -like berries, oranges, pomegranite juice, green leafies. Mushrooms, especial shitake are immune system boosting as well.
  7. by   vamedic4
    let's not forget to wash your hands religiously.


    i hope you're better soon!!
  8. by   Lisa CCU RN
    I take that effervessant (sp) dietary supplement everyday ( you know the one invented by the teacher who was tired of being sick) and I haven't had a cold, flu, or anything in years. Actually, I've never had the flu.
  9. by   RN BSN 2009
    hope you feel better soon!
  10. by   Atl_John
    God, preach on sister, preach on.....I swear I'm sick ALL the freakin time. Just getting over a flu like thing,. UGHH....I hate being sick.
  11. by   floatRN
    My first year working as a nurse, I was sick all winter with colds and stomach bugs. It got much better after that. Now I hardly ever get sick. Just have to let your body get used to being around all those germs and build up your immune system.
  12. by   daisydukes
    In the chinese culture, they always say :
    eat more vegetable ...less meat
    drink more water........less ethol
    do more exercise........less sitting
    do more laughting.......less crying
    do more giving..........less taking ..........and the list goes on and on.

    I remember when i was in school and studying, cold sores kept poping out of no where and nothing help, until i got a root canal for an infected tooth that has been infected for two years...i think not sure. Now,...no more cold sore..Good luck and try to get some sun every 1 and a haf week...it helps more than you know.
    Last edit by daisydukes on Mar 5, '07
  13. by   zilla704
    Quote from catlover13
    When I was in A&P, my instructor, the dept chair said over and over:

    EAT BETTER
    LOSE WEIGHT
    EXERCISE MORE
    STOP SMOKING

    and that doing these things would improve your health, and reduce symptoms of acute/chronic conditions.

    At first we thought she was kidding, but she has the right idea.

    Do small steps:

    Eat more fruits/vegetables. Will help boost your immune system, fill you up, and help you to eat less, so you can

    Lose weight, one I struggle with....

    and exercise more, also boosts your immune system.

    I've started to exercise, and I feel less hungry, am eating less, have more energy, and am sleeping less (as in being so tired I need a nap...)

    If you smoke, my heart goes out to you. I'm an ex smoker, and this is one tough habit to break...

    If these dont fit into your lifestyle, think of some that do, they dont have to be big huge changes, just little ones to help boost your body's reserves.

    Hope this helps!!

    Lynn
    OK, Lynn...Are you standing outside my window????? lol Sounds like you know me! I guess my nutritionally sound diet of coffee and smokes isn't working????? Thanks guys for all the advice. I'm going to start walking as I don't run unless someone is chasing me and they're on fire
  14. by   laughing weasel
    Rest,vitamin c and sunlight. All three of them work wonders.

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