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blueberry_kid's avatar

How can I wake my body up?

Asked by blueberry_kid (5864points) April 18th, 2012

Yesterday, I realized that I have bronchitis. I’ve been taking medicine, and I’ve stayed home from school.

Now, I’m at home, and I’m not coughing as much anymore, and I’m taking medication. But, my whole body is just…asleep.

I feel lightheaded, and I get dizzy when I walk and I feel even more tired. I’ve taken 3 naps since I woke up this morning, and my throat hurts like crazy. I have a lacrosse game later today, and I don’t want to be groggy when I’m running, or get lightheaded when I run.

Can you help my body wake up from it’s dizzy slumber? I’ve tried taking a cold shower, and that didn’t help very much.

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Coloma's avatar

You’re sick, your body is in low energy mode, conserving it’s energy/resources for healing. Don’t fight it, rest and it will pass soon enough. Drink tons of water/fluids, rest, rest and rest some more.
You should NOT push yourself to play in this game, really, you shouldn’t.

gailcalled's avatar

Bronchitis means staying in bed, resting and drinking plenty of fluids.

It does not mean getting dressed and trying to play in a lacrosse game.

Bullying your body with cold showers and scolding will not work. You are ill. Behave accordingly.

Treatment Source

“You DO NOT need antibiotics for acute bronchitis caused by a virus. The infection will generally go away on its own within 1 week+. Take the following steps *for some relief:

Do not smoke

Drink plenty of fluids


Take aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you have a fever. DO NOT give aspirin to children

Use a humidifier or steam in the bathroom

If your symptoms do not improve, your doctor may prescribe an inhaler to open your airways if you are wheezing. If your doctor thinks that you have a secondary bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Most of the time, antibiotics are not needed or recommended.”

SpatzieLover's avatar

@blueberry_kid Around this time last year I had a bad bronchial infection. I required a lot of rest, antibiotics and codeine cough syrup. After my infection, I had pleurisy for about a month.

I have a niece that decided to push through her infection a few weeks ago. She’s now house bound with pneumonia.

Your body is reminding you to nurture yourself right now. Take it easy. Sleep lots. Stay warm and hydrated. Don’t over-exert or you’ll run the risk of needing further treatment for a longer period of time.

Pandora's avatar

Lacrosse is going to have to wait. What good would you be to your team if you aren’t at your best. Best thing you can do is sit this out till you feel better. There is no magic cure for broncitus. You have to wait till your body has done its job. Pushing yourself will only assure that you stay sick longer. Broncitus usually takes a few weeks to go totally away.
You feel tired because your body is trying hard to fight the virus. If you push yourself you body will try to maintain the functions you want it too but at a cost. Cost is the virus can take over making it more difficult for your medications to do their job. And when your immune system is down you also become more prone to catch other things.
This is definetly a time that you must do what your body needs to do and not what you wish to do. Get some good rest and you’ll be up and about before you know it.

Sunny2's avatar

I suppose Lacrosse requires some heavy breathing? That will force the infection you have deeper into your lungs. Wisdom is knowing when to say, “I can’t. Sorry.”

gambitking's avatar

Scare it with non-allergenic body wash

6rant6's avatar

Could be TB. Make sure you take your zinc.~

wilma's avatar

@blueberry_kid please rest. You are sick, follow the good advice above.
You could get worse if you try to do too much when you need to be resting.

mangeons's avatar

The best thing to do is rest and get plenty of fluids. Listen to what your body is telling you, don’t push it. Playing in a lacrosse game is not a good idea while you’re sick, and it could easily make it worse.

noraasnave's avatar

There are sometimes emergencies that cause us to buck up, wake up, and push on through planned events. Only you know @blueberry_kid whether this lacrosse game is one of those events.

If you should decide that this is one of those emergencies, then here are some suggestions that don’t take too much out of you, but will wake you up:

Quick pace walk for 10 mins.(uphill on a treadmill works for me)
Warm up, stretch, light weight lifting for 30 minutes
2 cups of coffee (or equivalent over the counter caffiene drug i.e. 5 hour energy)

I have had bronchitis to the level where I was utilizing an steroid inhaler and a nebulizer. I stayed in bed and did the medication the doctor prescribes as ordered. If I had an emergency I would have been hard pressed to get out of bed, but only you know how you feel and what you feel like doing.

It seems like almost everyone wants to answer the questions which you didn’t even ask. I’m not sure why everyone else is trying to be your mother and assume you are deathly ill, but you deserve support and an darned answer to your question!

SpatzieLover's avatar

I’m not sure why everyone else is trying to be your mother

I tend to be motherly to 13yr olds @noraasnave.

wilma's avatar

Me too, especially when they are asking for some kind of help.

gailcalled's avatar

Me three, since we bring, collectively, thousands of hours of parenting skills. The OP is very young and well-meaning but misguided.

@noraasnave: Ninth grade lacrosse does not qualify as an emergency, and steering a young person into harms’s way seems really misguided.

Her symptoms may also be that of strep throat, which needs a doctor and antibiotics, not…

Quick pace walk for 10 mins.(uphill on a treadmill works for me)
Warm up, stretch, light weight lifting for 30 minutes
2 cups of coffee (or equivalent over the counter caffiene drug i.e. 5 hour energy)

Would you prescribe that to a child of yours?

noraasnave's avatar

Sorry @gailcalled; if the question would have been:

“Should I go to the Lacrosse game if I feel sick?”

Then I would be encouraging @blueberry_kid to err on the side of caution, stay home…take it easy. However that was not the question so I did my best to answer it.

By acting like Mothers to a person that I presume none of you REALLY know, you could be alienating the very person you are supposed to be trying to assist.

I thought fluther was about answering the persons question based on the information that is given, especially in the general section.

gailcalled's avatar

@noraasnave: She is thirteen, for heavens sake.

You don’t need to know @blueberry kid well to believe her description of bronchitis, meds., lightheadedness, vertigo, extreme fatigue, need to sleep all the time and very painful sore throat.

Would caffeine, inclined treadmill, and weight lifting be appropriate advice for anyone with these symptoms, even if aliens were landing?

Now, if you asked, in General, how to perform an appendectomy on yourself, I would happily discuss techniques with you, an adult.

noraasnave's avatar

@gailcalled I don’t see information that she is thirteen here or anywhere for that matter. I notice that her profile says that she is 15, but God knows when the last time she updated that. Perhaps you do know her if you know she is younger than even her profile says.

You are judging her because she is younger. You only have to answer her question if she is an adult? Interesting.

wilma's avatar

If @blueberry_kid or any kid on Fluther asked me for advice in how to do something that I thought might be harmful to them, I would not give them advice on how to do that harmful thing. (Like “how can I start smoking, or how can I lose ten pounds before the dance tomorrow night?”)

I think as an adult that is the responsible way to behave.

blueberry_kid's avatar

@everyone I just turned 15 last month! I ended up not going to the game because I had a fever of 103. Sadly, we tied anyway 3–3. But, I also heard there’s a bug going around school.

I really appreciate everyone’s help. Everyone really did help me! I feel a little better, yet my voice is a little on the “groggy” side…I sound a little funny.

wilma's avatar

I’m glad to hear that you are feeling a little better @blueberry_kid .

wilma's avatar

@noraasnave I do think that your advice would have been good advice, if @blueberry_kid had said that she was healthy, but was kind of sluggish after her classes and had a Lacrosse game today after school. If she had wanted to know how to get herself ready for her game under those circumstances, then I think your advice was great.

courtney1946's avatar

Pushing yourself when you are clearly still ill can have unintended consequences, many of which have already been mentioned. When I was in my early 30’s, I had a stomach virus for 3 days (over a holiday week end). On day 4, I was no longer actively sick, just weak and shaky. I decided it was imperative that I go back to work. After being at work for about 30 minutes, my heart went haywire and was beating almost too fast to measure (180 beats/min.). It was my first tachycardia attack, probably caused by my electrolytes being out of whack from sickness and almost no food that morning. I recovered, but it scared the daylights out of me. You don’t want this or something like it to happen to you. Best of luck. I hope you are well by now.

noraasnave's avatar

The Mothers agree. You are sick. Go to the Doctor, take your meds, stay in bed. That is the answer to your question. We all need to slow down sometime. Cheers!

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