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Tips for moving when you're sick

  • November 07, 2012

Tips for moving when you're sick

The big day is almost here - you've packed up all of your belongings, fueled your car and even contacted a professional moving company to help you transport your possessions between addresses.

However, when you wake up on moving day, that lingering cough you thought would go away has gotten worse. Now you're sneezing, your eyes are scratchy, the room is spinning and it feels like its a hot summer day even though the temperatures outside your home are frigid.

Being sick only adds to the difficulty involved with moving, but you can help limit the impact of an illness.

Recognize symptoms early
Early detection is helpful because it gives you more time to combat the symptoms of a potentially harmful illness. If you notice symptoms in the days leading up to a move, consult a doctor and find the best ways to deal with how you feel. Follow the medical professional's recommendations - even if he or she requests that you be hospitalized or seek tests for additional evaluation. Moving is important, but your health is paramount, and getting the treatment necessary to take care of an illness could help you feel better by moving day.

Get plenty of rest to reduce the risk that you could catch something before you move. WebMD points out that a lack of sleep can cause serious health problems, including high blood pressure. Rest up - you'll need a lot of energy to get through moving day, and the sleep you get now could help you avoid feeling sick later.

Get the right treatment
The last thing you'll want to do is spread your symptoms to friends or family members who have graciously volunteered to help you move your belongings. Cough drops and cold medicine may help you alleviate some of the symptoms.

Many treatment options are available, and a doctor can help you determine the best ways to improve your health. Performing physical activities when you're sick could result in body aches and fatigue, so you should inform a medical professional about your upcoming move to learn more about how your symptoms could potentially affect your moving day preparation.

Additionally, follow the instructions to take medicine a doctor prescribes and note how long the medication will last. Review the side effects of any medicines you take, and avoid treatments that could affect your ability to lift heavy items during your move. 


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