I hope you don’t get the flu. It’s kind of miserable, and as it turns out, the world just keeps on flying right on by, even when Mama gets sick. That’s the problem. And when you are sick, it is almost impossible to keep up, much less get caught up once you are able to drag yourself out of bed and back into the Land of the Healthy. Or Almost Healthy. My poor family! When Mama can’t do everything that normally gets done around here, it is almost as if they kind of wander around mumbling under their breath, “What should I do next?” That’s probably my fault (well, actually I KNOW it is my fault!) because as a mom, I’ve always tried to take care of all the little things that keep life running relatively smoothly on a day-to-day basis.
Things like making sure there is food in the house, paying the bills, getting everyone to dr. and dentist and eye dr. appointments on time – I guess because I feel like that is my job and they are busy with their responsibilities. My husband works 70+ hours each week and my girls go to school everyday, with homework, after school job, and chores around the house. So when I can’t do all those other things, I can almost hear their thoughts: “Please don’t get the flu, Mama!” They are all very helpful on the rare occasions when I am incapacitated, but I know that it raises their anxiety level a bit. So what’s a mama to do, especially this time of year when almost everyone faces some kind of health challenge, and this year in particular when the flu seems to be more miserable that normal?
Here are a few thins that have helped around here (although obviously I haven’t escaped completely!) to keep us from getting REALLY, REALLY sick – at least so far:
1. I’ve read over and over and over and over to WASH YOUR HANDS! I think this has helped keep those nasty germs at a minimum, but I do remind my girls repeatedly to wash their hands, not share drinking cups with others, cover your mouth when you cough, cover your nose if you sneeze, etc. etc. etc. Just common sense stuff.
2. I’ve also read about a gazillion conflicting reports about the flu vaccination. We’ve always gotten the flu shot, and we’ve also always gotten the flu at some level or another. This year we did not get the flu shot, and so far no one has gotten sick except me, and that has been a rather mild version of the true influenza (according to the dr. I called yesterday) with body aches, chills and fever, and headache. Fortunately we haven’t (yet) gotten that yucky tummy bug flu which causes all kinds of other unpleasant symptoms. My hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, ankles, knees, and fee feel kind of like I’ve been whopped with a baseball bat. Not that I have ever been whopped with a baseball bat, but still I imagine that every inch of my body would be aching and miserable. That’s how I’ve been feeling since Friday.
3. There is quite a bit of research out there that suggests a few simple means of warding off the flu bug, so we’ve tried a few of those as well with moderate success. One thing that I am pretty sure has been working for me is to take Mucinex EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. starting in October and continuing through March or April. No I am not being paid to say this, but several years ago I was so sick in January and February with bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infection, ear infections, cough, congestion, sore throat, and general misery that I finally went to the doctor for an antibiotic. I hate taking antibiotics! The doctor told me to try taking Mucinex as a preventative measure, so I’ve done that for the past several years and so far I have not had even a cold! It works for me, maybe it will work for you, but you have to take it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. (PS I HATE taking pills, but this one has really made a HUGE difference in my life!)
4. The other thing I read back in the autumn is that grape juice will help prevent the stomach flu. So we’ve been drinking a glass of grape juice every day since about November, and so far no one in our family has gotten that miserable junk. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the grape juice, but since we like grape juice anyway, why not?
5. And then there is elderberry syrup. It apparently works, or at least a lot of people THINK that it works, because it is almost impossible to find in our local natural food store. My neighbor gave me a bottle a couple of months ago, and we used it and then couldn’t find more to replace it. I might have to order online, if I can find it. People swear by it, and I understand you can even make it yourself, so I think I’m going to try to do that next winter.
Have you gotten the flu? How is your family coping with it? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on what has worked for you! I’m glad that I’m feeling better today, and I’ve very grateful that the worst of mine only lasted about three days . . . . I hope you all manage to stay healthy. Spring is just around the corner!
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