By Jamie Rieger
Winter may not officially be here yet, but we have snow on the ground, cold temperatures, and the beginning of December, so any official date is unnecessary around here.
Christmas decorations light up the town in the evening and people are starting to get into the festive spirit.
Something else that arrives as sure as the first snowfall is the annual flu bug and I, for one, made sure I got my flu shot a few weeks ago. While I feel confident that I will not get influenza this season, I am also well aware that the flu shot does not ward off the common cold.
On Friday, I had the chills all day, but brushed it off because it was a little chilly outside, but by that evening, I had a fever, sore throat, and headache.
“Well, isn’t this just great,” I thought to myself, thinking about all the stuff I have on my plate over the next few days. “This really could not have come at a worse time.” (As if there is ever a good time to fall ill.)
Of course, this is all manageable and I feel somewhat glad I got that flu shot when I hear how my daughter has been suffering over the weekend. That poor girl has been very sick with the flu and when she asked if I could come in to the Hat and watch my granddaughter, Paige so Carmen could rest, I reluctantly had to tell her I couldn’t because I was sick too.
All moms know that having to say no to their child when they need you is one of the hardest things you ever have to do, but I didn’t think I would be doing anybody any favours by taking the common cold into her home when she was suffering enough. Not to mention, I did not want Paige and Mike getting sick either.
It doesn’t make me feel any better for not helping her out, though.
A couple more days with lots of Vitamin C and I will be back to my old self and hopefully, this is as bad as it is going to get. I can deal with it.
Carmen, on the other hand, will likely have a couple more bad days before she starts feeling better and I am sure she is wishing she had gotten her flu shots for herself and her family by now. I know she was planning to, but was one of those things that kept getting put off. (Don’t we all do that?)
With the snow and ice and Christmas lights, comes cold and flu season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, not achy and sniffly.