I feel like I should be rapping my knuckles red on my kitchen table while writing this post, or perhaps keep rhythm on my wood floor. The least I can do is whisper… We haven’t had the flu – yet.
The blechy 12-hour stomach bug did threaten our sleep on New Year’s Weekend, but that’s it. No fevers. No aches. No chills. No scary respiratory issues. Yet.
If you’ve been reading here for long, you know my husband is a teacher and a coach. Our oldest is in elementary school and our two middle children delight in their twice-a-week preschool. Right now it’s prime basketball season, and when you live in Tiny Town, people worry about you if you’re not at the games. All that to say, we are exposed to a ton of icky germs!
So how does a public school, Tiny Town, actively out and about family keep from getting sick?
I have no idea.
Truly, it’s by the grace of God, but we do take a few healthy measures just to make me feel like I’m taking care of my family:
- Vitamin D3. We all (but the baby) take a supplement. One for us and one for the kids.
- Fruits and veggies. I don’t care that they’re not rock bottom prices, we eat fresh fruits and veggies daily. Lots of fresh spinach, apples and oranges right now.
- Hand-washing. I preach it and preach it and have you washed your hands yet?
- Sunlight and fresh air. I kick the kids outside to play every time the temps are remotely tolerable and winds are anything below gale force.
- Nasal Cleansing. Coach and I both do this at the first sign of congestion. Even our oldest daughter can do it with the Nasopure system.
- Sanitizing every surface of my home twice a day. Hahaha — you know me better than that, right?
- Don’t stress. Seriously. There’s only so much we can do, right? I’m one of those “germs build immunity” type of moms for the most part.
If I wasn’t so cheap old fashioned, I might be able to add a #8. I don’t have a fancy-schmancy smart phone, but if I did, I’d think about downloading the free WheresFlu tracker app from the makers of Theraflu® to keep up-to-date on the most active cold and flu reports around the country. WheresFlu™ works on iPhone/iPod touch, Android, and BlackBerry. (The only blackberry I know is the one with the obnoxious seeds.)
It tracks weekly sickness incidence levels and tells of the current top 5 affected cities in the nation. The WheresFlu™ app will find your current location and provide you with results for that area. Or you can enter a zip code to get that info. (I wonder if they’d have the stats for the 500 residents of Tiny Town? I need to find someone with a smart phone…)
Wheresflu™ categorizes incidences of illness as follows: Low (0-5% population affected); Moderate (5-10% population affected); High (10-15% population affected); Very High (>15% population affected). Old fashioned or not, that’s some pretty nifty technology! If you have a smart phone, check it out! (May as well, right? It’s free!)
I almost hate to ask, but have you warded off the flu? What preventative measures (if any) do you take? Oh – if you’re willing to share, I’d love to know who my fellow “germs build immunity” moms are.
This is a sponsored post through the Momtrends Blogger Outreach program for WheresFlu.