I mentioned in an email to a friend last night that I’m becoming semi-paranoid about the flu going around. Since I have asthma, I really do not want the flu in our home. I don’t get the flu shot because I know the flu shot would probably give me a full-blown flu. (A tetanus shot makes me sick for a couple of days and that’s not supposed to do anything to you except make your arm a little sore.)
After reading in a couple of forums the experiences of people who’ve had this flu, I decided I needed to get my act together. If I got sick or, worse yet, David and were both sick with it and we couldn’t do anything or go anywhere for a week or two then I know we don’t have enough of all the things we would need.
So I’ve been going through my pantry and linen closet/medicine cabinet to determine what we need. Sick foods, medicines, and easy to make meals in case I’m not up to cooking and the other people in the house still need to eat!
I’ve also been pushing the Vitamin C and lots of water. Lots and lots of water. And lots and lots of fruits – citrus, berries, etc.
We’re making sure we exercise. My chiropractor told me to try to do some low-grade exercise even when I get a cold because the exercise will kick in the immune system. So we’re making sure we hit the treadmill and do our floor exercises every day if we possibly can.
And we’re not skimping on the sleep. Even if it cuts into our work time, we are getting a good night of sleep every night so we won’t be run down.
Lastly, we are going to scale back our going out and about, especially where there are groups of people. We can’t completely eliminate leaving the house, but we’re going to cut back on any activities that aren’t absolutely necessary. It’s not convenient, but it is only for a short time in the grand scheme of things.
So what are you doing to prepare? Anything? Have you already had this flu in your house? Any recommendations based on your experience?