I am “Calling in sick”

08/08/2011 8:00 am · 15 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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While at BlogHer I started to get a sore throat, then an awful headache and a runny nose. I tried to go to bed early and just sleep it off, but each morning I felt a little worse. Don’t get me wrong I had a blast, but was a little disappointed I felt crummy.  Lucky P&G happened to be one of BlogHers fabulous sponsors and  in one of my sway bags they gave me some  Vicks Nature Fusion Cold and Flu.  I got it the first night and had no intentions to use it while at BlogHer, and tossed it into my suitcase.  Normally I really try to avoid any type of cold and flu meds…. why you ask?  I am not sure why but holly cow, they make me higher than I kite…. the room starts to spin I get dizzy and the world is “happy place” for a few hours.  I know it sounds crazy but it is true, so I try to avoid them at all cost. I was really starting to feel awful.  My roomates were all dancing the night away at one of the parties and it was only 9pm and I was in my room laying in bed. And I was blowing my nose with a roll of hard scratchy toilet paper.

The next morning I spent some time in the P&G expo booth and happened to spot a box of  Puffs with Vick’s in them.  My sore nose was screaming at me to snag a few.  But they were for display only……  shhhhh don’t tell anyone I totally grabbed a few.  I then just sat there and smelled them.  No joke these are my all time favorite product when I am sick.  Remember those weird little tubes they use to sell that smelled like Vicks and you were suppose to put them in your nose to help open your sinuses.  Well I had one when I was little and loved it.  So now when I am sick I snuggle up with my Puffs with Vicks and it totally makes me feel better.  Well I was feeling a little guilty about my stolen tissues, so I confessed my sins to Kim who works with P&G (I had met her a few nights before).  I admit I was a little worried, hello I had stolen tissues in my pocket.  You’ll never guess what she did…. she gave me a whole box.   I think my nose  just met its new best friend.  My Puffs box stayed with me thru the rest of the conference.

I woke up Sunday morning feeling awful.  I had to leave early to catch my flight, and the last thing I wanted was sinus congestion.  I spotted my Vicks Nature Fusion Cold and Flu in my bag and wondered if it could help me feel better.  But hello, I did not want to be the crazy “high on cold meds lady”  at the airport either.  I decided to take my chances and took half a dose.  This story would be a lot more exciting if  I then announced that I did in fact go a little nutty at the airport.  But lucky for me, instead it worked wonders and I felt so much better.  And my Puffs and I had a great flight home.

My kids were very excited to have Mommy back home.  We had dinner, read stories and they were off to bed.  That is when I noticed I had a fever, cold chills and I feel awful!  I grabbed my box of Puffs, my snuggly blanket and went to bed.  We will see how today goes… but posts may be a little thin.  I am “calling in sick”…….

Please know that I was NOT paid in anyway to promote P&G products, all opinions are my own.  I really am just flat out in love with Puffs with Vicks, and was excited to find a cold and flu  option that my body was able to tolerate.  I may not have my Mom here to take care of me when I am sick, but at least I can have the same products that she used when I was little.  It is amazing how “smells” can bring back happy memories. 

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Carole
Carole

I hope that you get well really soon. It is miserable to feel sick especially when you have things to do. Thank goodness for sick days.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I love, love, love the Puffs with Vicks. I have secret stockpiles in my house for when I get sick because they can be hard to find at times (and my husband has little patience shopping, so I hate to ask him to scout them out when I'm feeling icky.) Hope you're feeling better soon!

Lisa
Lisa

I love the puffs with vicks too....I have been bummed in the past that I have not always been able to find them....I lay one over my face when I am sick...then I can smell it all night...I actually still use the the tub of vicks rub but I love the puffs because the smell does not wear off like the rub!

Jamie @Time2Save
Jamie @Time2Save

Aw, sweetness!! I'm so sorry you got worse instead of better! I'm praying for you to get some good rest, and overcome it quickly. By the way, your babies are so cute! Miss you already - jamie

carol
carol

I hope you are feeling much better now. Take care of yourself.

Denise
Denise

Disclosure: I work for BlogHer but was not asked to talk about sponsors (or not talk about sponsors) -- these are my own personal experiences... The P&G peoples were my saviors on Saturday for similar reasons. I woke up with a very stuffy head and cold meds make me really jittery, so I rarely take them. But I was desperate. I also had a back ache that I thought I might die from. Being able to get the cold meds and the thermacare pads from P&G really did save me a whole lot of pain and suffering.

Elisha
Elisha

I found those tissues last winter, and they got me through some bad colds! They are awesome! I love holding the to mu nose and just breathing in the smell, too. Feel better!

Jen
Jen

Sorry you were feeling so crummy at BlogHer! I'm glad I got a chance to meet you if only for just a minute or two! Wish we would have had longer to chat! Love seeing all your pictures from BlogHer - I barely took any myself.

Karrie
Karrie

Awwwe....it is so not fun being sick. Hope you get better soon...take the day off and REST! What a shame you were sick at Blogher...I should have gone to meet you! Plus I am so jealous you got to meet Pioneer Woman... :)

Ang
Ang

Try to rest (I say try because moms never really get to rest) Hope you feel better soon.

tawnya
tawnya

I have always had that same issue with any meds! I tend to stay away from them as well... But there are just some instances where you have to take the chance!! Get well soon!

mim
mim

I have the same thing happen to me when I take OTC cold meds. I think it's the decongestant in them that gets me. They still make those little vapor inhaler tubes. I have one on my nightstand I sniff every night before bed. Check places like Walgreens, I think I got mine at a local IGA store. Hope you feel better soon. :0)

Tonya
Tonya

Get well soon! If I felt that bad, I would take a sick day, too.

Patti
Patti

Feel better soon Sarah. No place like home with your Puffs w/vics for recovery! I almost always lose my voice when under stress and traveling. Hmmmm........wonder if they'll come up with something for that?? I hate not being able to talk and sometimes it's downright embarrassing to have to write out my requests to the cashier/waitress/airport personnel, etc.

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