Monday, December 31, 2007

What's the secret?

Ok, I have a serious question to pose to the small, yet hopefully enlightened, group of readers that occasionally visit my blog. How do you stay healthy when your kids (or nieces, nephews, clients/patients, etc.) are sick? I for one have yet to figure this out since whenever my kid(s) bring home a cold I find a way to participate in the fun. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Without fail. No, I am not exaggerating. I am sick (pun intended) of it and need to figure out a way to stop the vicious cycle. And yes, I currently have a cold thanks to my 7 year old son. Which, I might add, is one reason why I am sitting at work instead of skiing with my brother. Alright, I'm being less than honest now. The reason I'm not skiing is because I totally chickened out. The freezing temperatures combined with 15" of new snow (I never did figure out how to ski powder...) were too much for my fragile confidence to handle. Even the realization that it had been 6 years - and not 7 as I had previously thought - since I last stepped into my ski bindings, wasn't enough to get me up on the mountain.

5 comments:

velofreak said...

I wish I could tell you how to avoid the dreaded "cold brought home by your kids" Whenever one of my kids come home with the sniffles, etc... You can feel the crosshairs searching everyone else out and picking them off, one at a time.

Bart G said...

bugs are all around us all the time, you don't even want to know what's going on at your gym. Your immune system will do most of the work if it is fresh. regular sleep is the most underrated remedy. Mona Vie has also helped me, I know it's a plug but I think it helps, topping of the antioxdants can't hurt. I also think going out in the cold helps, ski, bike, whatever, it makes us resistant, at least mentally
good luck, we all need it

flahute said...

The simplest way? Avoid kids ... but that's not always an option in Utah.

And while I don't have any kids, I'm a firm believer in Zicam and Emergen-C ...

Piotrek said...

I have no kids, but my co-workers do and always blame them for their colds. I usually ask if their kids also taught them how to cough on my mouse and keyboard. It always comes back to common sense -- no kissing or sharing of food, frequent washing of hands, and general being aware of one's predicament. It's come to a point where I use up my paid vacation days to avoid getting sick because others refuse to do it when they are sick. That's how I do it and it sucks.

johnny said...

There is something to be said for the tricks used in days of yore. I always make up a batch of chicken and dumpling soup, take Airborne and invariably let my kids cough all over me...it helps me build up a resistance to the crud they bring home faster.
Oh, and don't forget early rides in the cold and about as much vitamin C as I can safely consume for a few days.