I sit here in my bed and laugh at the fact that I thought I was not going to get the bug that is going around. My husband got it while we were in Las Vegas last week. We assumed it was the flu because that was all that we heard on the news – flu outbreak everywhere. The doctor we met with gave me a prescription for Tamiflu – just in case (even though I got my flu shot in October). R got better within a week and we were all fine and dandy.
The past weekend was great, with dinners with friends, birthday parties and Cirque du Soleil Totem on Sunday afternoon. I love Cirque, and this one did not disappoint me. I can’t believe how the performers do what they do. When we first found our seats, we noticed that the lady in front of us practically bathed in whatever insane perfume she was wearing. Within ten minutes my sinuses were killing me. I didn’t let that ruin the show though!
By the time we got home, my back ached a bit and I chalked that off to the fact that I was sitting in a small chair for 2 and a half hours. While talking to my parents, I started to get the chills – and that is when it went downhill. I took my temperature and just laughed when I checked the results. Seriously?
Last night was a bit nightmarish, and this morning didn’t prove to show any clue to getting back on my feet. I just laid here trying to figure out what I was going to do – I am supposed to fly out for work yet I couldn’t pick up my head without it throbbing. Well, now its late afternoon, I am laying in bed watching the 100th First Time Homebuilder show. I’m achy but I do think my fever went down! I don’t want you to get sick, so here are some tips to help prevent against this cold/flu – whatever it is.
- Always carry around hand sanitizer and use it often. Make sure it contains alcohol. Although drying, alcohol is a key ingredient to stave away germs.
- Get the flu shot – especially if you are over 50 or in school. I am not the biggest fan of flu shots (or any shots for that matter), but my kids are in school, and the last thing I need is to get them sick, or keep myself open to germs they may bring home.
- When leaving a public bathroom, or any public place, use a paper towel to open the doors. Use the sanitizer wipes that most supermarkets and Target provides – wipe off those shopping cart handles and anywhere you will touch.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. I tell my kids to wash their hands to two rounds of Happy Birthday to You.
- Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night
- Limit alcohol consumption – it can compromise your immune system.
OK, I am going to put my head back down. Take care of yourself and your family!