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It was bound to happen! I am getting sick.

Yesterday, my husband, sons and I went to visit my step daughter and her little children. My step daughter is my husband's daughter from his first very brief marriage and she has two kids ages 13 and 18 months. They are SO adorable!

We celebrated Christmas late with them as we all had obligations before then. The baby was awfully sick though. She has a serious ear infection which led her to get a sinus infection and a bad cold. She was in good spirits for being so sick but her nose and eyes were constantly running.

I am one of those people who gets sick almost instantaneously when I am around other people who are sick, especially in the winter. A few days ago, I was with my older sister who has a really bad case of bronchitis and is super sick. We were together for a wake. I tried to steer clear of her but it's impossible to talk in a crowd without having the other person breathe on you. Yesterday, I was playing with the baby and didn't take major precautions other than washing my hands a time or two extra.

And today............. I am sick! My older son just came over looking for his DayQuil that he left here. He's sick too. My younger sister has been sick for a day or two, right after we were all together with my sick older sister. This is not fun!

I should have maybe not been around these two but the circumstances were not ones that I could easily (or ever) put off until the people around me were no longer sick. I took a chance and hoped I would avoid catching something but, as I sit here, I feel worse and worse.

It could be that I caught whatever my older sister was spitting around. I don't know if one can get sick so fast after seeing someone so maybe being around the baby yesterday isn't why I have a sore throat, runny nose, headache, etc.

I have to have an injection into my eye tomorrow (but I am not complaining. My last post explains why!) and I, ironically, have to go to my ENT's on Wednesday for a cat scan of my sinuses. I suppose if I do get full blown sick, he's the guy to see.

What do you do to avoid getting sick in the winter? Do you avoid going places where there may be sick people passing around germs? I try to be careful but it's basically inevitable. If there's a sick person within 100 feet of me, I will catch it. Blahhhhhhhhhhh.




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paperdaisyflower7 wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:55 AM

here in the Philippines with on and off hot, cold and wet weather I am also just getting over my sickness

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Feisty56 wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:24 AM

I don't seek out those who are sick, but don't necessarily avoid them either. I do take a multivitamin daily, drink plenty of water always and wash my hands often but not obsessively. Knock on wood, at the first hint of symptoms, I take the product Emergen-C (Walmart and drug stores carry it). It's a packet of fizzy stuff with vitamin C and other vitamins and nutrients that shore up the immune system. It can be taken twice a day in water. Usually just a morning and evening dose nips things in the bud for me.

I hope you're not coming down with a full-blown infection and feel better soon.

WordChazer wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:43 AM

I take multivitamins with iron, odorless garlic and cranberry tablets. Plus I had the flu jab. So far this year, they have meant no flu, and the one cold I did get was lighter than many others had in November. I didn't even miss any work days, as I made it to the weekend then sat in bed on Saturday. Hope you get over this soon.

Telynor wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:36 AM

Oh no. I hope that you get feeling better soon.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 12, 2015, 8:36 AM

I hope you get better soon. I dont try to avoid anything just try to eat healthy and exercise.

peachpurple wrote on January 12, 2015, 9:13 AM

when someone is sick, we try to avoid visiting that person, felt bad but you just had to take precaution

Dawnwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 9:46 AM

I hope you feel better soon. Try some home remedies like honey,ginger and warm water for sore throat. Honey with crushed black peppercorns is a good remedy otherwise just crawl under blanket and wait till it's gone. Get well soon

PeggyWds wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:01 PM

I am so sorry that you are now sick from being around others who were ill. Hope you recover quickly. Avoidance of people who are ill is sometimes impossible.

dartoz wrote on January 12, 2015, 4:10 PM

And there was me thinking you were just a giddy lady anyway lol. Did you get my email? and its nice to be in the same place again and catching up, albeit only when we can

mrsmerlin wrote on January 13, 2015, 6:35 AM

Having a weak immune system is a pain I understand but to stop myself avoiding too many people I weigh up the chance of being ill for a while against the memories that the encounter gives me. It is usually worth being ill for a week or two as I will forget that but the time with family and friends stays with me a lot longer. Hope you get better soon
Oh and an old and odd one but it works. If you have a cough, cold or flu like symptoms, if you get some vapour rub and put it on the bottom of your feet at night it really does cut down the healing time. I can't abide the sensation of that personally so I have one pair of socks that I use for this and put the rub on the socks instead of me.

grandma20121 wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:34 PM

Oh this sounds like me I could not avoid it if I wanted to and I did want to avoid it but I watch my grand babies while my daughter works and they are both sick and I caught it but at least they are starting to feel better and I am just starting out with it.

BarbRad wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:07 PM

I am sorry that you got sick on top of your other problems. I 'm afraid I get antisocial during flu season and stay away from where people gather. Ironically, the only place I have to go is for medical appointments where it is likely I just might run into sick people. So far my precautions, nutritional supplements, and isolation have kept me well this season.

rosepetal wrote on January 15, 2015, 11:23 PM

I remember one time I was in Wal-Mart. He was standing in line waiting for his medication. And darn, he was sick because he was coughing terribly. I tried to keep my distance. But wouldn't you know it wasn't long after that I was coughing my fool head off. Like you said, if you are around anyone that has a cough, or blowing their nose, you have a good chance of catching the junk they have. Hope you start feeling better soon.

beckish wrote on January 17, 2015, 1:09 AM

I hope you feel better soon! I take tons of echinacea and goldenseal during the winter - especially if I am feeling a bit under the weather or am around sick people. Seems to help. Sending you tons of positive energy for a quick recovery.