Episode 43:

How to Get Healthy When You Get Sick?

In today’s episode we will talk about how to get healthy when you get sick. We all know what to do to maintain health but what do we do when we get sick?


As we become a heavy research-based society best practices guided by traditional ways of doing things are slowly becoming eliminated. Research disproving the effectiveness of “traditional” ways of doing things is growing on the horizon. Many traditional based have been eliminated and the top three are Bath basins, Gastric Residual volumes, and occlusive chest tube dressings.

  1. Bath Basins: this is one harmful practice that has been eliminated. The ways of bathing a patient using a bath basin are long gone. Studies have shown that they harbor bacteria and are especially harmful to immunocompromised patients in the ICU.
  2. Gastric Residual Volume: The American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition concluded that residual volume was a poor predictor of aspiration of gastric content into the pulmonary system. The process of checking residual may result in increased risk for enteral access device occlusion, increased nursing time, inappropriate time of cessation of enteral feedings, and an overall decrease in the volume of enteral feeding. 
  3. Occlusive Chest Tube Dressings: For years trauma nurses and physicians thought that occlusive dressings were necessary to prevent air and infection from reaching the pleural cavity. The research was done and showed there was no increase in air leaks or infection with the use of dry gauze and surgical tape. Foam taped was shown to be useless due to the body size and even showed harm in tissue integrity. 

Critical Care Nurse Journal December 2019, Volume 39, Number 6. Exemplars Illustrating De-Implementation of Traditional-Based Practices; Page 64-69 

How to get healthy when you get sick?

So we all know what to do to maintain health but what do we do when we get sick?

    1. Stay home from work if possible. We’re all guilty of coming into work while being sick, we either don’t have the PTO to stay home or don’t want to use it on a sick day.
      1. If you work with infant or children you should defiantly not put them at risk for catching what you have, why? Because they are more susceptible to getting ill than older individuals. They are still developing their immune systems are more fragile. Still can’t call off? Then wear a mask at all times, get a lighter load of patients, and definitely don’t have patients that are more susceptible like immunocompromised children. 
      2. The same goes for nurses dealing with adults. Wear a mask at work and don’t take on a heavy load or immunosuppressed patients. 
      3. Why you shouldn’t come to work sick; you can infect others, you’re not on your A-game, and you need the rest.
      4. Make sure to wash your hands and wipe down your station

You went into work, what to do now?


Bring a healthy diet. 

  1. Hot soup, and kind of broth works. It’s high in calories, magnesium, vitamins, and it’s hot. When we are sick we lose our appetite and soup is a good way to get nutrients. The heat is also a natural decongestant so it’ll help you with that stuffy nose.  
  2. Vitamin C is a must you can get it from your diet but a lot of it is not bioavailable when digested to we recommend you super dose with vitamin C pills or packets. Vitamin C is water-soluble so you can’t overdose it like certain vitamins like vitamin A. You can add lemon to your tea or water and you can throw Garlic into your soup.
  3. Medications: although there is not a cure or a medication you can take to treat the flu or cold you can take meds to help with the symptoms. Tylenol Cold and flu are my go-to. Tylenol AM contains phenylephrine which is a common ingredient in decongestant, but the one thing that people don’t know is that it works on your SNS constricting your vessels and shrinking the inflamed vessels. Another great decongestant is honey, it also has antibacterial properties that can help with a sore throat especially if it’s related to bacteria.

What to do when you get home?

    1. The same diet and sleep. You need to rest.
    2. Research: “Because the levels of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and prostaglandins are low during sleep time, the stickiness of the integrins is stronger. This stickiness is important because, in order for T cells to kill virus-infected cells or cancer cells, they need to get in direct contact with them, and the integrin stickiness is known to promote this contact.”

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