Flu and You


Feels awful to have stayed away from this space for so long. But I am back, with a bag of stories!

Seasonal changes are not just about rising or falling temperatures in your city. Along with cool showers come a new strain of virus to make life miserable for us and our tots. I have dealt with some very difficult times with flu and the various versions associated with it. We as a family always fall sick together with a change in season. [That way we are pretty thick, doing things together :-)]. But this time I nearly lost my mind, with my girl and I down for weeks together with no respite. Turns out we are allergic to pollen.

A lot of you parents grapple with sickness, and it can be very harrowing. Even a simple cold can give you sleepless nights. We invest a lot of time in doctor visits and in fretting over thermometer readings. We try our best to make our child better with whatever it takes,  but we often forget that simple things help heal faster. You know, little things like a shift in focus.  Let me share a little experience. In all probability you’ve experienced this already.

After being sick for over a month I gave the whole deal a very serious thought, and tried to understand where we were going wrong.  We were falling sick too often and I usually gave my little one the flu bug instead of the other way round. And this was despite me being home and her at school, where children are more likely to catch bugs of all sorts. We ate right, and did the usual ‘right things to do to stay healthy’. But there was still something we (i) weren’t doing .

I think,  first of all the excessive fear of catching the virus literally invites it home. I am mortified of Spring. Instead of going out and admiring the lovely flowers in full bloom, I am terrified of catching a cold. And that’s exactly what I end up nursing- a terrible cold. 😀

I think one’s state of mind matters a lot in dealing with sickness. And being positive is all that it really takes to bring the spring back in your feet.  No matter how many Apples and Oranges you gobble, if you are not in a positive state of mind, nothing will help. So, while I coughed and wheezed, I watched in amazement my 4 year old jump all over the house and play as normally as she usually does,  despite a very high temperature. Probably because she has little understanding of what ‘fever’ or ‘allergy’ is.  She was busy with her toys and pretend plays, where she build castles and went shopping with her pets and Barbie. On the other hand I was  Googling obsessively about every symptom of Pollen allergy and all the other miseries that go with it.  I looked for sympathy on Facebook and coughed some more. I chose to remain down, my little one chose to smile and be happy and focus her energies on everything, but sickness.  And its not such a big surprise that she bounced back to health much, much before I did.

It is a valuable lesson for adults. To be positive not just about your promotion and salary but also about your health! I recently read in a book by Rhonda Byrne, that the power to good health lies with us. It is just a matter of attracting it.  Cribbing about a running nose will apparently, only make it worse. 🙂 Also, I feel a lot of parents go too far and restrict children with common cold and flu to bed and keep reminding them that they are sick. Instead, its a better idea to remain normal around them. That will help them much more. Besides, your child would much prefer a smiling happy parent than a grumpy, obsessive and nervous one.

So, smile often, love more, stay positive, stay healthy!

Posted by The Ketchup Girl

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