Keli Gwyn
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Romance: In Sickness and in Health

Coughs. Sniffles. Muscles aches. Many are battling them.

I hope you’ve managed to keep the bugs at bay.

Gwynly succumbed. My poor guy battled a miserable head cold all last week.

Although I know romance was the last thing on his mind, I wanted to show him how much I care. I did my best to offer what comfort I could.

Caring for Gwynly with his Cold

When our daughter was little, she used to make what she called Snuggle Cuddle Nests. I created one for Gwynly each day when he dragged home from school, with a blanket, pillows, a glass of OJ, a box of tissues, the remotes, and–since I’ve heard chocolate has curative powers–a little bowl of M&Ms.

Gwynly appreciated my efforts and is doing much better now, which makes me happy. He’s feeling so much better that he surprised me with a romantic gesture of his own this week, one I’ll be posting about next week.


What do you do to care for your special someone/someone special who is ill?

How do you like to be treated when you’re sick?
Do you want to be pampered or left alone?

Keli Gwyn


  • Anne Payne says:

    You’re so sweet, Keli! Your man is a real sport letting you post his photos, too.

    When my crew is sick, I am always trying to make them more comfortable. I cook homemade soup and have blankets at the ready for snuggle time. For myself, I don’t mind a little pampering when I’m sick but I prefer to be left alone to suffer and wallow in my misery 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Anne, I’m sure your family members enjoy that homemade soup. What kind do you make? Chicken noodle or. . .?

      • Anne Payne says:

        Rosemary Chicken Noodle soup is the favorite among my children. My husband’s not fond of rosemary so if he wants some, I leave it out. But it is SO much better with it in 🙂

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Anne, I just make my first-ever pot of homemade chicken noodle soup tonight. The primary herb was rosemary. Talk about savory. Yum!

  • Julie says:

    Awww, that is so sweet of you to have everything ready for your man when he gets home. And chocolate has curative powers?! Woo hoo! When my hubby is really sick I try to make sure he gets enough fluids and is staying warm. My daughters are both grown and one is out of the house so they are kind of on their own if they are sick 🙁 I am the type of person that wants to be left alone to my misery. But my husband carries on with the household stuff while I am sick 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, helping your husband stay warm and hydrated is important. I’m sure he appreciates that. Like you, our daughter is grown and on her own. When she was young and got sick, I’d make Snuggle Cuddle Nests for her, too. She really appreciated that. Having your guy pitch in to do the household chores when a bug has bit you is great. Gwynly does the same for me.

  • There is that loving relationship once more. How delightful. And yes, I love to be fussed over and cuddle when I’m feeling sick. Lovely, Keli 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Florence, I’m like you. A little pampering really helps when I’m not feeling well. Let me know when you’re under the weather, and I’ll send you virtual chicken soup. 🙂

  • Hi Keli,

    I’m a big fan of homemade remedies. I don’t have an issue with doctors or the medical field, I just think that there’s a lot we can do for ourselves that TIES IN WITH nurturing and caring. I have a cold/flu tea that I make for my people that works wonders: Elderflower, ginger, lemon, and honey, with a cinnamon bark stir stick in a fancy glass. If they have a sore throat, I add elderberries. I love it when my big kids come in and say, “Mom, can you make me some of your tea? I feel terrible.” NOT because they feel terrible, but because I love that I can still “kiss their boo-boos” by brewing up a batch of tea. Homemade chicken soup and bread are good, too.

  • Matt Beal says:

    Keli, does everyone in your family take vitamin and mineral supplements every day? Since I started taking them 15 years ago, I haven’t had the flu once, and I almost never catch a cold anymore. When I do, it doesn’t last more than a day or two. Even the generic vitamin and mineral supplement at your local drugstore will work wonders. I first learned about this subject from listening to the “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” audio tape. You can listen to it here:

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for visiting my blog, Matt, and leaving a comment. My husband and I do take supplements daily, including Vitamin C, and we get our flu shots. However, since Gwynly is a high school teacher and is exposed to everything out there–repeatedly, he sometimes succumbs to one of the many bugs. 🙁

  • Matt Beal says:

    Have you ever considered giving up the flu shots? The mercury can cause some harmful effects. Did you know Australia banned the flu shot after it caused fever and convulsions in children? See this:

  • You’re a good nurse, Keli. 🙂 I sure hope by now your husband is much better–head colds are miserable. ~ This isn’t a “big thing” but I try to frequently change the pillow case when my husband is sick–in addition to keeping the fluids and medicines handy. ~ When I’m sick all I want to do is SLEEP!

  • Good morning, Keli! It feels like forever since I’ve visited. 🙂 I hope you don’t catch Gwynly’s cold!
    I like to be left alone…which means I’ve had to learn how to pamper. My poor husband went years with my less-than-compassionate nature. I finally got it through my thick skull though and now I try to make him food, drink, whatever he needs to feel better. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jessie, I managed to avoid Gwynly’s cold. He’s better now. It’s nice that you realized your guy enjoys the pampering–even if you don’t. I’m sure he really appreciate the TLJ: tender loving by Jessie.