Getting sick is never convenient. Getting sick when you’re 300 miles away from home and have a couple thousand pounds of cargo to get to its destination is one of those scenarios you hope never plays out.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for the common cold, but there are some things you can do to keep yourself whole until you’re home and in bed.
Do you have some wiggle room on your deadline? Then for goodness sake, find a truck stop and get some sleep.
Time is the only sure treatment to get yourself better, but sleep might speed it along.
You know to stay hydrated. Avoid sugary sodas and anything acidic, like orange juice, to protect your voice while you’re ill. Stick with bottles of water or beverages like Gatorade to restore your hydration. A little hot soup will open up those nasal passages too.
3.) Treat Your Symptoms
If congestion is hounding you, there are two things you need to treat. You can get Sudafed behind the counter at any pharmacy, though you’ll have to disclose some personal information to do so. You may also need to treat inflammation of your nasal passage with something like Advair to stop that constantly-stopped-up feeling that often comes with illness.
Lozenges are also invaluable to protecting your throat from pain and hoarseness.
Spend a bit more to eat well while you’re feeling iffy. The nutrients you consume during this time will fuel your body’s defenses. Also, spend the extra $0.80 on the tissues with aloe so you don’t lose all the skin on your nose.
5.) Avoid Miracle Cures
It’s tempting to grab one of those homeopathic cold-shorteners (think zinc supplements or Airborne) to speed your symptoms along, but studies are showing that these actually extend the severity of a cold.
The science behind this is a little complex. The common cold is not one virus, but over 200 minor ones that don’t really pose any real threat to your body. However, your immune system doesn’t know that and goes into full-metal defense mode when one invades your system. The immune system is what’s producing those sneezes and coughs. Ergo, the more you build your immune system, the harsher those symptoms will be.
On the plus side, once you have one of the common cold viruses, you’ll never be susceptible to it again. So hey, that’s a silver lining, right?
6.) Drive at Night
The bright, hot sun is always going to tire you out. When you’re running on empty anyway, it’s going to behoove you to avoid sun exposure until you’re back at 100%
Obviously, if you are experiencing blurred vision from watery eyes, do not heed this step, but if your vision is fine, you will benefit from sparing yourself harsh sunlight while ill.
7.) Rest Some More
Okay, so you can’t push back the deadline much, but you can spend an extra hour at lunch taking a quick snooze. No excuses. Your health is the most important cargo you’re responsible for.