Our house has been ravaged by illness over the past few weeks. We’ve fallen prey to multiple rounds of Influenza, the Common Cold, and, that dreaded monster of a virus (especially in homes with small children), Cabin Fever.
Since it seems ’tis the season, I thought I’d write a few tips, in case your house also succumbs to the failings and tribulation of disease.
For the Flu and the Common Cold:
- Maintain a regular medication schedule.
- Do not medicate on an empty stomach, especially late at night. (However, especially late at night, do take caution with what, exactly, you are feeding your empty stomach. Pickles and cereal with milk may seem like a good idea at the time, but in reality you were better off with an empty stomach.)
- Stock up on pre-lotioned tissues, especially considering the possibility of a winter storm. Believe me, using toilet paper for two days while it snows outside will turn you into a bloody version of Rudolf. Seasonally appropriate, but not fun.
- Change your sheets and pillowcases regularly. It gives you the illusion that good health is just around the corner, perhaps only a night’s sleep away.
For Cabin Fever:
(Note: this is mostly an extrovert’s disease. Introverts typically don’t get Cabin Fever until they run out of books and movies, which is almost never, because they’ve spent their entire lives stockpiling for just such an emergency. However, when introverts live with extroverts, Cabin Fever effects everyone, and it’s best to take the necessary steps to ensure both species live through the experience. Remember: Cabin Fever is not terminal. It’s your friends that will kill you.)
- Schedule specific, illness-appropriate events. (i.e. “At 3pm, we will play UNO, while lounging on the couch,” or “This evening we will have a dance-off, and the house-members who have the flu will be judges.”)
- Schedule/encourage Skype dates. It’s as close to being out and about and interacting with new people as you can possibly get while carrying an infectious disease.
- Maintain a strict regimen of trips to the bathroom and kitchen, not only to build up stamina and release toxins, but also to encourage hydration and the belief that further movement may soon be possible.
- Try to maintain a positive attitude at all times, despite the obvious difficulty of the situation.
Those are my best tips for you. If you have any to add, please comment below, for the good of all of us.
Stay relatively healthy out there, my friends. And good luck.