November 06, 2009

Tis the Cold Season

Hello my Dear Friends,

Well, I have been doing battle with colds. My son got sick last weekend and had a high fever. We are not sure if it started with getting exposed to his aunt who had a bad cold and was told not to mingle with others or from his flu shot which he got the next day. We are not sure which is the culprit but both experiences had me worried when he got his fever.

I spent that weekend making sure he drank a lot of water, ate soup, rest and Advil to lower his temperature, every four hours. Even in the middle of the night I got up to check his fever. Yes, very devoted to the health of my son even he is a young adult least he understands the concern with all the news about the H1N1 swine flu virus.

Well, whatever was going on moved into his chest and his fever was gone. We were then told to visit the health clinic only if he had trouble breathing meanwhile he was coughing up yucky green stuff. I was quite outraged needless to say. It was now my turn to get sick and had to further quarantine ourselves from the rest of the family. Colds really are annoying.

I am better now after a week of fatigue, fever and chills. I ate even though I felt nauseous and took Advil for the pain in my joints. It was a very tiring week over all but am glad it has passed. Now we are keeping an eye on my other son to see if he develops a cold. So far there is nothing. I don't think we want another round of a cold going on.

I highly recommend non-stop nutrition while sick. It provides energy for the immune system, so eat! no matter how nauseous one is feeling. Nutrition, water, and rest help one through a cold quickly. I went out and bought some vitamins for my boys too. Yeah, such a worry wart. Don't tell anybody huh?

Fevers really are not something to be lightly dismissed and least alerts a parent to indicate something is wrong. Seeing our children ill and feeling miserable is the one thing we cannot take away as much as we would like to. Least we can do our best to soothe, comfort and help them through the illness.

I also recommend making lots of chicken soup. Least one can have nutritious broth if not up to the food part. I can swear my body just swelled with energy. Nuts as that may sound. I made sure my son had chicken broth, soup and gave him applesauce and jello just for variety and easy on his stomach for him and me. I had to make more after he got better and ate the pot!

Well, least we are better. I will get my own flu shot on the 17th and not excited. Do you get tired and achey afterwards? I'm not excited and just sigh with dread but know it's a necessity. I have to smile that my sons get fussy over me when I'm sick and quote, they 'are not used to seeing their mom getting sick.' Cute huh? :)

Alright, I know you must run as duty calls. I will leave you this for a smile and chuckle --> Why am I tired

The population of this country is about 237 million.

104 million are retired.

That leaves 133 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work.

Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million work.

Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.

That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.

And you're sitting at your computer reading jokes...

I hope you take great care and please stay safe, k.

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