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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Herm in Phoenix, AZ

Oh no! Someone opened the window and in-flu-enza! That’s the pits!

Max’s advice, along with drinking lots of liquids, is about the extent of current medical technology.

À votre santè!

Maureen

Homeopathic globuli GELSEMIUM C30 - is our flu combatant! It triggers your immune system back to coping and fighting off the evil forces that have got you in their grip! Rest and yes, fluids, beaucoup de l'eau! Black tea pour fouetter le sang - keep your circulation sparkling! Get well soon, dear Kristi and Chief Grape!

Jackie

For "vous deux": As hard as it might be, stop feeling bad about feeling ill! Allow yourselves to sleep as much as possible, meditate, breathe deeply. Drink lots of liquid (water? chicken soup?) to avoid dehydration. You WILL feel like yourselves again and don't forget it!
I send healing wishes your way.

Vera

Soigne-toi bien, Kristin, nous avons tous besoin de notre rayon de soleil provençal ♥ ♥ ♥
Tu es dans mes pensées et mes prières ...

Madelyn E

Dear Kristin,
Sorry you and Chief Grape are sick.
I recommend a hot bath or shower , bed rest and lots of hot tea, peppermint , black tea , and the old fashioned Vicks vaporub .
Hope that helps/ Also, peace and quiet. Think only sweet thoughts,

Caroline@thebalancedapproach.

Rest, rest and more rest and when you think it is Ok to get up and re-enter your world - rest some more!! The thing about the flu it comes in many ominous disguises and will often come back to haunt you when you least expect it......alors repose-toi bien Kristin et Chief Grape.

liz

work will wait and always be there, so forget about it for now. sometimes getting sick is your body's way of saying slow down!!
remember, this too shall pass. every hour, every day that passes is time bringing you closer to feeling better.

this might sound strange, but when i get sick, i'm always grateful that it's me and not my children who are suffering. for some strange reason, that attitude always makes me feel better faster.

Dottie Bennett

Bonjour, Kristin! It is never fun to be sick, even with your best friend along! Although I have been sick with lots of other things, I have had the flu only once, when I was about 3 years old. I remember nothing about it, but my mother used to tell me that when she asked how I felt, I said that my bed hurt! I guess I must have felt pretty bad!Her cure for anything was chicken soup and red jello. I am not quite sure why she chose that particular combination, but I always got better on it!

Karen

Have slowly recovered from the same since New years Day. Finally told the committee (me,myself & I) that a year from now I will have a completely different set of challenges, so lay down, rest and drink lots of tea with honey from my own hives. They agreeded and it did help. Because when you do finally crawl out from the covers, take a nice hot shower and put on fresh "around the house" comfy clothes you will feel much better abeit shaky but better. As for the blues, have a short self pity party and then remember you live better than 98% of the rest of the world and for sure someone else has much more real pain, sorrow and suffering. Count all the blessing you have and ask yourself if you forgot to say THANKS for those blessings, how would you REALLY feel if they went away. Now thats blue. Smile, God loves you and proves it by sending grapes for good wine! And remember how happy you make so many people each week for all you do for us! Many Thanks. Karen

Annette Heath

Oh no...I am so sorry. I can deeply relate as I am just coming back to life after having the dreaded noro stomach virus. It is horrible! Two cruises ruined because of it, according to the news. I can think of nothing worse than being on a ship and having this mean bug. All my wishes and prayers for a rapid recovery, Kristin and Chief Grape! Reposer bien. (BTW, I love hearing you speak French on the blog!) Annette

Elaine Griffin

Bonjour Kristin

Rest, drink plenty of fluids and soon you will be well. How awful for you and Chief Grape. Elaine

Debbie Houston

To feel better physically, listen to your body and rest. To feel better in every way, count your blessings. Feel better, Kristiin and Chief Grape.

JULES GREER - PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

I WILL BE BACK LATER TO ADDRESS THE PANDORA IN THE BOX - I OF COURSE HAVE A LOT TO SAY ABOUT OVERWORK WHICH LEADS TO DEPRESSION AND THEN ILLNESS.

'BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!' THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SCRIPTURES.

IF YOU DON'T START HANDING SOME OF YOUR BURDENS OVER TO GOD YOU WILL START TO BREAK DOWN MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

THE KEY IS TO HAND THEM OVER - UNTIL YOU DO THIS YOU WILL NEVER SEE THE MIRACLES THAT HE HAS IN STORE FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE 'BEING STILL.'

XOXO

MOM

GUS ELISON

A CUP OF TEA WITH LEMON,HONEY AND A SHOT OF WHISKEY. DRINK, GO TO BED WITH LOTS OF BLANKETS AND SLEEP IT OFF. DO NOT DO A THING FOR AT LEAST A DAY. NO LUNCH,DINNER OF SUPPER. WORKS EVERY TIME.
GOD BLESS'
GUS

Bill in St. Paul

I always try to sweat it out by pulling on the blankets while I'm in bed. Then, of course, you need lots of liquids.

Andrea Robinson

Wishing you good health soon! Take care and know that you are loved my many.

Gaye

My sister says it's a February thing in the northern hemisphere ... I'm recovering!

x G

Nigel

Get well soon!

JULES GREER - PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

YEA!!!

WE'VE GOT 'GUS' ---- AS ALL OF YOU REMEMBER GUS WON THE KEY A FEW DAYS AGO.

XOXO

JULES


Virginia in St. Petersburg, FL

Best wishes for feeling better soon.

Judy Bell

Repose-toi bien, cheri. And not a moment of guilt over it! You're both very hard workers and now it's time to let yourselves rest.

Cynthia Baita

Cheri Kristin,
So sorry to hear you have the flu. I am a fairly new reader and look forward to the new french word of the day,you are so beautiful.
I live in South Florida where citrus is abundant and my mom faithfully ate some every day. She rarely had colds and never the flu. If it were at all possible, I would gladly send you some of our Indian River Fruit (it is the best).
I strongly advise home made chicken soup, rest, and tea with local honey. I believe it to be not only therapeutic,but also comforting.
Love, prayers, and best wishes for a speedy recovery from sunny Florida, Cynthia

Beth Vosoba

This was our story last week. I was feeling useless, helpless, laying in bed, but each attempt to get up was foiled.

I think "now" that it's nature's way of forcing you to slow down and rest.

The good news is, when we finally came out of the flu and got out of bed, it was with a greater appreciation for our health, feeling strong and somehow fortified from that rest.

You will be back at it with extra energy soon!

María E. Sastre Wirshing

Please tell me where in Sicily you took that beautiful photo of the street full of flowers ? I would love to go there.

For the flu homemade chicken soup, water, vitamin C, and washing your hands a lot.

For the blues; walking, knitting, cooking,cleaning...and everything that keeps you active. Mini vacations whenever possible.

Hope you are better when you read this comment.

Julie F in St. Louis, MO

As I've gotten older I've come to believe that it is OK to just be sick. I wouldn't push my kids to get out of bed sooner than they should, so why should I? Rest, liquids, gentle soup, tea with lemon. And let me remind you of the Fervex I told you about last summer. If nothing else, it makes you sleep good. If your head is stopped up, put Vicks Vaporub or Tiger Balm on the BOTTOM of your feet, have some tea with a lemon chunk, then crawl into bed and catch up on your videos. I swear something on your feet can clear your head.

Chris

Music! Its food for the soul and can help to revive a weary spirit. :)

Jeff Johnson

Treatment for the flu: keep it simple, since much more than that will cost you needed energy and won't help much anyway (poor cost/benefit trade-off)....so, clear liquids (water, broth), Tylenol to ease the discomfort, rest, and extra hand-washing to spare others. C'est ca.

Reposez-vous bien, Kristin!

Dianne de Poitiers

As a wise person once told me, if you're really sick you should climb into bed, turn off the lights and SLEEP. Do NOT watch TV or read or talk on the phone or anything else because your brain needs to rest as your body heals. Sleep .....

Eileen deCamp, Charlottesville, VA

Bonjour Kristin,

I hope you and Jean-Marc are feeling better soon! I decided to get a flu shot this year in November and during Christmas my husband was hit hard with the flu. The kids were home for Christmas break from college and they too came down with a version of the flu although not as bad as my husband. I haven't been sick all year. I think I will make sure to get a flu shot next year too!
Rest, hot tea, calming music, fresh air!

Audrey Wilson

Your Mom beat me to it . Whiskey, lemon & honey & tea are a great balm for la grippe. Keep warm & rest if that's possible (!)
Bonne santé bientôt

JULES GREER - PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

SEE KRISTI - I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO RAVES ABOUT VICKS VAPOR RUB....BUT JULIE IN ST. LOUIS TAKES THE CAKE...I CAN'T WAIT TO PUT SOME ON MY FEET NEXT TIME I FEEL A LITTLE FLU....

WHAT THE HECK, I'M GOING TO TRY IT TONIGHT WHEN MY FEET ARE COLD. THIS HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST IDEAS.

XOXO

JULES

Martine

Remember that it only FEELS as if this will last forever: it won't really. I think Gus' prescription has helped me the most. And think of yourself in the third person: what would you tell someone you love? I doubt you would recommend guilt and self-flagelation! Tuck yourself in and rest unencumbered.

Judi Miller

Kristen,
The hardest part about being sick is feeling bad about being sick! Give yourself 'permission' to have the body in the 'auto' repair shop - your bed! If you have a fever I agree with one of your readers -pile on the blankets and sweat it out & drink lots of liquids. A little hot toddy with smashed up orange pieces, honey and vodka is wonderful!! Reposed bien! Take this opportunity to thank your body for all it does-be kind to it-sweet talk it and then go to sleep!!

Jeri

J'espere que vous tous les deux vous remettiez rapidement de cette grippe et que tu peux avoir un peu de calme dans ta vie. Entre temps, offre-toi un repos bien merite, et sache que tes lecteurs et lectrices t'envoient leurs meilleur voeux.

Claudette Kunsay

Ma chère Kristin ! Je suis désolée de lire ce matin que la grippe t'a "agrippée" ! Mais avec toutes les recettes miracle de tes lecteurs (lectrices), je suis sûre que tu guériras vite!Ici aussi au Québec, les rhumes et grippes courent les rues et plusieurs sont malades.La meilleure recette est celle de ton fils : le repos. And if you sleep it off, it will go away soon... Bonne journée ! Je te fais une bise québécoise,
Clo de Sutton, Qc

Cassie Alexandrou

Dear Kristin,

So sorry to hear that you and "Chief Grape" are in the grip of la grippe. You've been through a lot lately, and I know when I'm super-stressed, it affects my immune system. You were probably a sitting duck for those evil flu germs.

I agree with Liz who said something like -- when her children are fine, she's fine. So, as you're lying next to your husband (which is a comfort, I'm sure), reach out -- hold his hand and think of your two sweet, beautiful, healthy, and happy children. Your mom also had excellent advice in telling you to turn things over to God. Easier said than done, I know. I'm still struggling with this one, too.

Will be thinking of you both and hoping you feel much better soon.

Blessings,
Cassie

Lisa DeNunzio

Oh my goodness. And now I see you have 34 comments to read and/or respond to. Well, don't stress. I see stress as a debilitating malady that steals our energy and weakens our immune system. Therefore, 'la grippe'. So best advice is to follow the sage wisdom of your son. Get well soon. Best, Lisa

JULES GREER - PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

HI AUDREY,

JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW WE NOW HAVE 'GUS' ON BOARD IN OUR COMMENTS BOX....

GUS WROTE THE WORDS THAT WON MY HEART - I FOUND GUS'S COMMENT ON PAGE 12 OF THE COMMENTS AND WENT TO BED THAT NIGHT WITH HIS WORDS FLOATING THROUGH MY MIND.

ANYWAY - GUS IS LIKE ME - HE USES ALL CAPS SO AUDREY YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE CAREUL NOT TO THINK HIS CAPPED COMMENTS ARE MINE.

GUS, WITH ALL OF HIS WISDOM RECOMMENDED THE HONEY, LEMON AND A

SHOT OF WISKEY...!!!

MY HUSBAND JOHN LAUGHED WHEN I READ 'GUS'S COMMENT OUTLOUD TO HIM THIS MORNING AS WE WERE LYING IN BED ENJOYING THE QUIET JOY OF JOHN'S DAY OFF.

AUDREY, I ALWAYS RECOGNIZE YOUR COMMENTS BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE SAME NAME AS MY DEAR - DEPARTED MOM.

TODAY IS HER SECOND ANNIVERSARY IN HEAVEN....YOU FELT LIKE AN ANGEL TO ME WHEN YOU SIGNED YOUR NAME. THANKS AUDREY FOR THE DOUBLE MESSAGE, WHICH YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU WERE SENDING.

THIS IS WHAT I LOVE SO MUCH ABOUT THE COMMENTS BOX...BELIEVE IT WHEN I SAY KRISTI AND I SAVOR EACH WORD ALL OF YOU OUT THERE SHARE WITH US.

XOXO

JULES

Danielle in musharoomyroom Morgan Hill

Dear Kristin,
Sleep, sleep, and more sleep! Chicken broth with garlic and chile, maybe even a shot of brandy, pile on the covers and sweat. Then sleep some more. Thank you for the lovely energy you put into your blog, but I for one can handle as much of a break as you need if it means you are caring for yourself. Be free, be well! Merci bien!

Lynn Tilson

Ma Chère Kristin,
Calmez-vous avec la pensée que la mère de l'ami de Jackie ne fait pas que vous faites et si elle a fait je suis certain - pas aussi. Occupez-en alors! Vous monterez de nouveau pour conquérir tous ces tas déplaisants qui vous attendent! Reposez-vous alors bien, mon ami.

Chris Miasnik

Just keep looking at wonderful pictures like this and you'll feel better in no time. I thought it might have been Lyon, but alas, you were "a l'etranger".

Diane, San Diego

Hi Kristin,

Many years ago when our daughter was about two, we shipped her off to Grandma's and Grandpa's house because I had the flu. I will never forget spending at least one week on the sofa in the family room (so as to spare my husband my germs) - and EVERYTHING hurt! I couldn't even comb my hair because my scalp was so sensitive. I coughed and ached and made a promise to myself to never, ever again pass up getting a flu shot! That's probably the one resolution we keep each year, and neither of us have had the flu since. Now, to convince my daughter to get her annual flu shot - but only after she's had a real bout with the flu will understand. We wish you a speedy recovery - all the tips you've received from readers sound very helpful. But, sleep and fluids are probably still the best. And, as one person wrote - it only FEELS like it will last forever. It won't!


JULES GREER - PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

I WAS JUST VISITING ONE OF MY FAVORITE SITES TO CHECK OUT THE WEATHER WHERE KRISTI AND JEAN-MARC'S VINEYARD IS LOCATED.

I JUST TYPE IN 'WEATHER - CITY OF SAINTE-CECILE' IN THE GOOGLE BOX AND UP POPS THIS WONDERFUL SIGHT THAT NOT ONLY GIVES ME THE 7 DAY WEATHER FORECAST, BUT ALSO THE HOTELS AND MY FAVORITE - THE GOOGLE EARTH MAP WHERE I CAN PUT THE LITTLE YELLOW MAN ON THE ROAD NEAR KRISTI'S HOUSE AND CRUISE AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

I HAVE FIGURED OUT WHAT IS CAUSING JEAN-MARC'S DEPRESSION AND HAVE COME UP WITH AN ANSWER TO HELP HIM.

ONE OF THE CURES FOR DEPRESSION AND IT'S BROTHER ANXIETY IS >

DELEGATION...!!!!

I CAN SEE BY THE WEATHER THAT SPRING IS IN THE AIR EVEN THOUGHT IT IS 8 C ----THAT MEANS THAT ALL 30,000 VINES ARE JUST WAITING TO POP OPEN WITH THIS YEARS NEW GROWTH.

THIS MEANS JEAN-MARC MUST PRUNE ALL OF THEM BEFORE LEAVING FOR HIS WINE TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES.

THIS IS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME DEPRESSED AND OVERWHELMED AND FULL OF ANXIETY .... SO MY DEAR SON JEAN-MARC PLEASE USE MY PRESCRIPTION AND PICK UP YOUR PHONE AND START DELEGATING.

I'M SURE THERE ARE ALOT OF WELL QUALIFIED PEOPLE NEARBY IN YOUR AREA THAT WOULD LOVE TO STEP UP AND RUN THE PRUNING OF YOUR VINES THIS YEAR.

ALSO, YOU JUST MIGHT BE GIVING THEM A GIFT OF WORK THAT THEY HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR.

DO THIS FOR ME THIS YEAR...RELEASE THIS GIGANTIC TASK TO SOMEONE ELSE AND TRUST THAT YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE TO DO THE WORK TO YOUR STANDARD. THEN USE THIS TIME TO REST AND BUILD YOURSELF UP FOR YOUR GRUELING 3 WEEK TOUR OF THE U.S.

XOXO

MOM

Amy Kortuem

I hope you get better soon! I've been struggling with a "bug" that's caused me to miss 4 days of work and yes, I feel like I can't catch up.

Don't know if you can find them in France, but the only thing I can eat without...repercussions...are Nilla Wafer cookies.

Dad in sunny southern California

Wow...a lot of great advice in the preceding comments! Put all these in a book and it would be a big seller. When I have the flu, I like to climb in to bed which has fresh warm sheets and my favorite pillow to send me to dreamland. Think of nothing but your blessings as you drift up to where you belong.

Jan in Monument, Colorado

I'm going to have to save a reference to this blog for the next time I get sick. So much good advice from so many readers! Definitely abide by the advice of Julie F, Judi and GUS and many of the others, realize you really ARE sick and give yourself permission to get the much needed rest. I certainly would follow GUS' advice. He's been around long enough to know and he has the key to prove it! Je t'envoie de grosses bises.

anne

Sometimes our body has to put the brakes on us because we don't know when we are doing too much. In other words, the immune system just can't hack it any more. Rest is the best thing even though you have a million things to do.
Work through that guilt, Kristin. Doing the right thing should not make you feel guilty.
Hope you feel lots better soon.
Anne

Jenny Pessereau

Take Oscillococcinum, drink tea and get off the computer! Go read a book of French poetry and tell us all about it after you're rested. Computers keep us stimulated and it sounds like you need some serious rest. Bon courage!

edith schmidt

Kristin:

Rest up and feel better. Spring is in the air. I saw 3 little yellow daffodils in my front yard the other day and a fat robin striding down the driveway.

Edie from Savannah.

Faye Stampe, Gleneden Beach, OR

I think the very best suggestion is the hot lemon tea. My mom was from Austrailia, and always made me her special recipe when I was ill. It was just what Gus described: Hot tea, lemon & whiskey. You put vapor rub on your chest (and feet?) wrap up well, and go to bed. No reading, TV, just sleep!

It always worked.

Get better soon! It is OK to go to bed --- how can you take care of others when you are sick?

Elaine Poynter

If it is available, a bottle of Gatorade a day helps wash away what ails you. But your son's advice is the very best!

John Patte

I suspect you already know the best 'remedy' for the flu ... patience and a positive attitude! The latter, you seem to have in abundance; the former ... hmmm, may need work ... but what can you do now anyway? Next fall, consider getting a flu shot. They work!

Gwyn Ganjeau

dear kristin; i can't help but notice now closely this relates to monday's post! 'listening!' listening to one's body and respecting what it needs is often one of the hardest things to do--the head says we must barrel through and 'be tough.' but we are the caretakers of a precious vessel and we must tend to it carefully and with purpose. you are actively 'taking care'...that's certainly time well spent.

i hope you feel better soon!

Sally Snyder

Someone told me that putting Vicks Vaporub on the souls of your feet, covered with sox, will not only help with a deep cough, it will warm you all over and make you feel good. Worth a try, I would say. I hope you and Chief Grape feel better soon. All good thoughts coming your way.

L. M. Davies

Here's sending you and Chief Grape best wishes for a full and complete recovery! It's funny - well meant advice can sometimes feel like a burden or a warm hug. What I'm hearing most in all the posts is the love everyone feels for you and your family. Your writing has opened bridges among all our far flung hearts. I hope you and Jean Marc can bask in the puddles of sunshine we're sending, cuddle up in the warmth of each other's company and let go of everything that doesn't help to make you rested and well. When I was an overworked and stressed grad student, my wise grandfather used to lay his hand on my shoulder - I can still feel it - and tell me that evreything that had to get done would somehow get done. When I'd begin to reflexively protest, he'd remind me to just breathe. Amazing that he knew that. That movie, Shakespeare in Love, always makes me smile for much the same reason: "How?" a character asks when disaster is looming. "I don't know. It's a Mystery."
Nah, it's not a mystery..it's a blessing. It's friends and family taking the time to let you know they're thinking of you, it's your son tip toeing through the bedroom so as not to wake you, it's even your body letting you know that it's time for self care and rest. So, rest. Somehow what needs to happen will. And the Love that surrounds you will be the rocking hammock that you need.
Feel better soon, Sunshine!

David Caldwell

Il ya un produit canadien, "Cold FX", que je prends quand J'ai la grippe. Ce m'aide beaucoup. Voici le site web, http://cold-fx.ca/francais/index.htm. J' espere que vous pouvez acheter ce produit en France.

Restez Bien.

Cordialement

David a Halifax

Cindylee

Being sick is the perfect time to delegate everything - to reverse the demands upon yourself. Pull the covers up and pull over - free from the fast lane. I mean why else does it take you out? It seems to rearrange the thought of being in control. I'm going to really say this.... I love being sick - enough that I can escape the demands. A refuge in the gap - one can go deep inside to find a 'big wisdom' your body is willing to share with you. I always find some AhHa! inspired behind my lids, buried in my pillows as I hug the illness that's taken hold.

Sandra Edwards

Hi Kristin and Chief Grape, sorry you aren't feeling well. Here's a poem with my remedies.

My BEST remedies for feeling better might not necessarily help for the flu,
but they ALWAYS make me feel better when I'm feeling blue.
Warm chocolate chip cookies ALWAYS work
and a Dairy Queen blizzard is a special perk!
Getting a massage from someone you love,
the trust of His healing from up above.
Vitamin C is a daily must,
prevents your system from going bust!
Exercise and sweating it out,
Doing something for others will get rid of that pout.
French word of the Day is also on the list
of things that make you feel better and shouldn't be missed.
Cuddle up in a blanket and watch TV,
Jeanie, Bewitched, or your favorite movie.
Friends and family are the best remedy of all,
So when you're feeling down, just give 'em a call!

Hope you feel better soon!!!
Sandra

Lisa Hawkins

My best prescription for the flu is a flu vaccination. If it gets you anyway, ask your doctor for an Rx for Tamiflu (this must be done early in the process), take ibuprofen to get your fever down, plenty of fluids (herb tea is comforting), and as much sleep as possible. Clean pajamas and sheets or at least pillowcases and a warm shower in the evening.
Re: the blues--exercise, sunshine in moderation, doing something for someone else--service is a great antidote to feeling bad about yourself and your life. Best wishes and get well soon--
Lisa

Edie Kilgour

Chère Kristin,
C'est le tour des enfants de vous soigner, toi et Chief Grape. Ils peuvent faire le ménage. Reposez-vous, buvez des tisanes, et dormez, dormez, dormez.
Bon courage,
Edie

Cheryl

Je pense que se reposer est un verbe reflexif, n'est-ce pas?
Donc,
je me repose
tu te reposes
il se repose
nous nous reposons
vous vous reposez
ils se reposent

Herm in Phoenix, AZ

Sandra....I love your poem! Thanks for sharing

Sandra Vanw

What lovely words of wisdom shared...with such heartfelt wishes and warmth.
Sure to heal you both soon I hope.
Chere Kristin, do put the mental "To Do" lists far away from your thoughts and heart.
I know ...so easy to say...so difficult to do.
We also had the flu here recently.
For once I had no choice but to take to bed as you have had to...cozy down comforter and Tylenol, (Dayquil worked well here).. hot tea (will add the whiskey or brandy next time myself).
Let the girls experiment with their own cooking adventures. Perhaps they can even toss in a load of laundry? :)
Meditate and reflect on that which brings you joy. Visualize Spring warmth and flowers bursting out in your garden.
Take good care of you.
Hugs and bises from blustery Boulder, CO today and warmest wishes to you both.

Roger Anderson

Stay in bed and rest until you feel well enough to be up and around. Treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medications. And next year, GET A FLU SHOT!!! :-)

Diane Young

Well, it's Ash Wednesday so I went to church and l'eveque said that pain is helpful. The reason lepers were healed by Jesus was so they could feel pain (which leprosy prevents happening since it's a neurological disease). If you can't feel pain, you may not know you have something that needs to be treated and perhaps cured. So go with the pain and learn from it. Crying helps the blues. After you've cried a while, listen to something "up". Right now I'm listening to Billy Joel and bopping around some. Guess you should just bop in bed until the flu departs, which it will. Tears work better than beers for shooing away the blues.

Jennifer in OR

Get well soon, all of you! I drink a fizzy concoction called "Emergen-C" and who knows if it helps or not? Blessings~Jen

Sharon

Water, lots of water, and at night(or middle of the afternoon) mix some hot lemonade with cinnamon and whiskey (as much as you can stand) and then climb under the covers and stay there for as long as your kids will allow! Worked for me every time. Hope you feel better soon!

susan rousseau

World's Best Hot Toddy

bonjour kristen, well, i have to go with Gus, but with a 'french twist'. i, being a Texan married to a true Gascone living in Napa Valley (yes, he's a winemaker, aussi), know much about the curative Hot Toddy. However, i have perfected the recette de ma grandmere, and have moved from whiskey to...oui, bien sur...Armagnac!

Voila, La Recette:
boil/simmer 20 minutes:
2" of ginger root, sliced like quarters
1 quart water (you can keep adding more water and boil again
then, strain 1 cup into favorite large mug
add:
juice of one whole lemon (meyers is best)
a big, ole tablespoon, raw, local honey
a generous-to-personal-taste ton mari's favorite Armagnac (when he's not looking because he says to use the less 'good' stuff if combining with other things, but NEVER!)
make sure it's piping hot, and i promise you will feel instantly better...best served after a hot bath. on my worst nights, i might indulge and have two!

Kitty Wilson

Wow! Salut to Tout Le Monde ici! Can only second every wish for the recovery of our Chers Amis, les Espinasses, And WHAT a captivating Community of Care!!

The affection, fun, wgood sense, and healing energy collected in this Comments column has real cumulative power, reaching even moi collapsed with companionable flu, here in Canada. (Y'think those hard c's can to help drive out the cruel virus ...?)

VERY Speedy recovery to all.

Sandy Maberly

Kristi, Hate to hear that you and JM are laid up with la grippe! I've been so busy with our move that I've been neglecting my friends :-( We are finishing up our packing as we have to move out by next weekend. Everything goes in storage until the 16th of March when we load it all in a container to be shipped to Wales. Today is my last day at work (yea!) but I've still got loads to do. Still haven't been approved for my visa yet but am using my faith that all will go well. My advise to you is as all the others have said. Stay in bed and let your body heal itself, as it will do. Stress can make you ill as well so find some ways to channel your stress...remember the yoga?....maybe some meditation. Will be sending some positive vibes your way. Take care!

Christine Dashper

Hi Kristin, I'm going to skip the advice and simply wish you and Jean-Marc well and a speedy recovery.

Amicalement
Chris

Terry

Like all the good advice here, rest, rest, rest. Lot's of tea and fluids. And next year, maybe the flu shot?

Frances Anamosa

Please get well soon. I know having the flu makes one feel just awful. I highly recommend chicken broth made from scratch, Ibuprofen, lots of water, and change your toothbrushes (so as not to reinfect yourself - just learned that one recently). Your brighten all of our days with your writing, reflections, and sharing, so you know we are all thinking about you. Plus, the children are old enough now to pitch in when you are sick. Frances, Napa, California, USA

Melanie

reposer bien mes amies.

Cynthia Lewis in Salisbury, Eastern Shore of Maryland


Wow, what a lot of good, heartfelt advice from your readers. Jackie and Max could make hot lemon water or cold drinks for you and then the good old American standby...pancakes....when you are feeling better. I know that recovery from the dreaded flu cannot be rushed, but I hope you are feeling better as soon as possible. My best wishes.
P.S. ...even Smokey,if it's allowed, could curl up on your comforter and act as a heating pad....

Gary Rodan

Here's a New Hampshire Cure: Get an aromatic Liqueur And add Hot water and lemon juice= Cognac or Armagnac will do: Breathe in the vapors and swallow the liquid. Repeat every half hour. If it doesn't cure the affliction, you probably won.t care after two hours or so!
In any case, hope you get well soon. In the mean time, reposez vous les deux,

Pat, Roanoke, VA

Get well soon!

Lori Di Betta

I'm of the Vick's Vapor Rub on the feet persuasion, accompanied by a hot toddy of your choice! For the blues . . . I struggled with clinical depression for many years and the best medicine I found to combat it was to spend time in praise and worship, even when I felt the complete opposite. Prayers going up for you and the Chief!

Sue J.

poor Kristin and Jean-Marc. please get better soon. rest. focus on getting well.

Carol Squires

Give yourself the gift of rest. Take it easy, drink lots of fluids and take naps as needed.
I hope you and you husband feel better soon.

Buffy

Rest and fluid's is all you should do, as everyone else says. I just got over having pneumonia for half of Jan and part of my cruise. I took many days off from work since it is hard to care of others when your are sick and weak. You should do the same. Laundry can wait; unless the kids know how to do it. As far as the blues go, hmmm, well it it is hard to feel up when you feel so bad. Just try to think good thoughts and remember many people are out here hoping you feel better soon.

Get Well!

Judith Wallner

Hi Kristen, I've read all these loving comments and if that doesn't make you feel better I don't know what will. You bring such joy to so many. We'll be waiting when you're ready to get back at it but in the meantime, take your time, Most fondly, Judi in sunny Carmel, CA

mhwebb in NM, USA

Can you get Lemsip in France? It is a powder that comes in packets and that you stir into hot water. It comes from England and it does the job for us. We like the black currant flavor. You are in our prayers.

Blessings, Mary in NM

Kendal

Dear Kristin, I had 'flu and bronchitis in January in the middle of a very hot summer in Cape Town - I think the 'flu lays you low and MAKES you depressed to get you to rest your body and your mind - lots of rest and antibiotics (gasp) for the bronchial infection worked - it took a full 3 weeks and you think you're never going to feel good again or have any energy ever again but it comes back in spades and life gets back to its lovely normal self, promise.

Diane Scott

From one who feels she can barely put one foot in front of the other every morning while bearing the weight of all that I must do (in addition to an extra backpack of all of my regrets of things not done, or done badly), I understand Jean-Marc. I am teaching myself to harness the thoughts and turn them into clouds that simply pass over lightly and are whisked away by a soft, gently breeze.

Further, as one who, when sick, also feels that it will remain the state of affairs in perpetuity, I agree with all the foregoing wonderful and loving advice, Kristin, that you must give yourself PERMISSION to be sick and the recovery WILL come and you will just leap out of bed ready to tackle that laundry and those dishes (well, maybe not), but you will get out of bed at some point ;-)

Connie

I'm sorry you and Chief Grape are down with the flu. I hope you're both feeling better very soon. Chicken soup is great medicine, or even just chicken broth. It's not called "Jewish penicillin" for nothing!

Take good care, get well and stay well.

Connie in Portland

Millie

Bonjour Kristin et Jean-Marc: je suis en retard, j'espère que vous allez mieux aujourd'hui. My miracle cure for cold/flu has always been ginger. Du gingembre dans de l'eau bouillie chaude avec du miel et du citron, et il faut en boire beaucoup. Mais surtout, reposez vous bien, vous en avez besoin.

joie/carmel,ca

So many posts today. That is what you can do is stay in bed and read all of them. You know, I quite agree with Jules about delegating things. So, it seems that it is time both children learned how to cook the French way. Maybe they already know how, but if not it is time. One day a week they cook with you and after one month they each get two days a month to cook for the family..or if they want to do it together, it is 4 days a month. You can tell Max that a woman loves a man that can cook. I have heard it called YOYO day.....you're on you're own day. Get better soon.

Maureen

Feel better soon! The flu is the pits.

Karen

Hey Jules, did you try the vicks on the feet? I just heard about that a few weeks ago and it doesw work...or at least I felt like it worked. That and the tea w/ honey (my own) and lemon. Whiskey didn't hurt either...quelled the cough for awhile. Our writer friend in St.Louis lives just south of my town (Louisiana) and so it might be a Missouri remendy! Hope Chief Grape & Kristen tried it! Karen

Marianne Rankin

All of the above advice is excellent, especially the sleeping.

Now that I think about it, I've gotten flu shots for years, and except for one year when I had what might have been flu, I've escaped. Worth a try.

A couple of summers ago I got something that wasn't exactly flu, I don't think, but a "bug" that laid me very low. I spent 2-3 days in bed, unable to do much but sleep and fight a temperature and cough. But I was unable to remain asleep all that time, so when I was awake, I re-read "Words in a French Life" - the whole book. It was the only thing I felt like doing, and truly helped me feel better. Kristin and Jean-Marc, if you feel up to reading, you could read posts from the blog over the past few years, or whatever else might appeal to you. And rest. A character in one of Shakespeare's plays said, "Sleep has knit the raveled sleeve of care."

Frank

To get rid of the "Critters," Echinacea, reported to be the most widely prescribed cold medicine in Europe. For symptoms, Zinc. As others have already said, but it's worth repeating, plenty of liquids and bed rest.

Frank

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