It certainly has been a crappy year for sickness. I haven't been sick in three years, and now all of the sudden I feel like the germs are attacking! That's probably why I don't even remember what strep is like. That's neat that you can get an OTC strep test.. if I have a situation like this again I'll take advantage of it.
Right now, I have no other symptoms other than a really annoying cough. It's so much worse when I lay down that I've only been averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night. I feel like my body is just being mean to me. I know I should be prepared for sleep deprivation for when baby comes, but can't I at least enjoy sleep while it's still an option?
I sincerely appreciate all of the herbal and nutritional advice. I'm eating more fruits, and veggies, and less things out of boxes. I'm consuming a LOT of fruit juices and teas. I need to work on figuring out more about "living food" and what I like that is "living." So far, I have... yogurt. Haha. Every time I try to look up what living food is I get taken to raw food sites, where there isn't any differentiation. I "get" raw foods and what they're about, and over the last few years I've been slowly incorporating more and more into my diet. I'm also trying to be all about only eating what I call "real" food as in only food that I understand every ingredient on the list. The hardest thing for me is avoiding the convenience factor of things like boxed chicken nuggets, taquitos, and the like. I'm definitely getting better about it though, and with being sick lately I have more motivation than ever.
Boxed chicken nuggetttsssssssss!! M AA MAMAAAA! You're killing me over here!!! Dude, never eat those again, please, as a personal favor to me! HAhahah...oh man! I get you on the taquitos thing, my DH LOVES those (from his college days!) - but do you know that you can make them SO easily with ingredients that are TONS better for you than the processed food farm stuff? It's still not a nutrient dense meal...but it's much better homecooked than boxed.
You should go on a month long stint of not eating anything from a box. Period. Forget about ingredient lists...if there is a list of ingredients, it has been put together/prepared/processed in a factory somewhere and it is probably really pretty much void of anything your body actually needs.
fermented items (REAL sauerkraut, real dill pickles, etc)
There are a ton of ways to get some live food in your diet. Replace "dead" staples with living ones...for instance, instead of apple cider vinegar, use raw unfiltered (like braggs) apple cider vinegar. Stuff like that.
Taking pro-biotics is another great way to support your gut...you can do it!! You will feel better for it.
Also, are you taking a good vitamin? If it is not a whole foods based, organically processed vitamin, it is most likely not very good...check out something like Rainbow Light prenatal one...that is an excellent vitamin.