Posted by Kim K.
I have become a germaphobe. Kind of. I wasn't one. EVER. Until
about two years ago when I was sick October, November, December,
January AND February and so were my kids. It went like this: I am
sick. Zachary is sick. Alexa is sick. I am sick. Zachary is sick.
Alexa is sick. Somehow my husband dodged the entire thing! It was
horrible for us.
Last winter I vowed I wouldn't have a repeat of 2007-2008. I did
everything to prevent the sick: rested, drank fluids, washed my
hands, sanitized. Did the same for the kids. But, I think my mere
existence brought me down the sick road-this time it wasn't just
sick, it was walking pneumonia. I wasn't feeling well for weeks. I
thought I was imagining things (based on my previous year). I went
to the doctor. She said it was a virus and that eventually I would
feel better. Three weeks later I still felt off. And then finally
the diagnosis. I went to a work meeting directly afterwards and
then got into bed. Maybe that's the problem. I never sit still!
Anyway, that was brutal-taking care of kids, working, walking
pneumonia. I didn't know whether I should laugh or cry. And, I
finally beat it after three rounds of antibiotics and one round of
So, here we are, 2009-2010. And, I want to ask "HOW DO I/WE STAY
HEALTHY?!" And, even now as I wash my hands like I have OCD and
wipe everything down I am battling a sore throat. So, what's the
deal? Is it because I have kids? Is it because I have a bad immune
system? Is it because I am spread too thin? Is it because I don't
get nine hours of sleep a night? (I hear my "daddy doctor" saying
"rest, rest, rest") Is it because I have bad luck? I'm not sure.
But, I am going to try again this year. I am battling the sick. I
got a regular flu shot. I bought Purell and lots of it. I have
decided to get the H1N1 vaccine for my children and myself. But, I
am not sure what else I can do. I would love to hear from you!
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