It is winter here in the Northern Hemisphere and with the colder temperatures, we humans tend to pass around germs. I, too, have succumbed to the virus. Suddenly, I am obsessed with my mucous levels and the decibels of my coughing. The house has given way to clutter and neglect and I have scavenged our bare cupboards for Ramen noodles and soup because we are too weak to shop for anything more than the immediate meal and more decongestant. Additionally, I have lost my voice, which is a curse to my ego. It has become obvious that I’m not getting noticed anymore. Little did I know that the measure of my power was based on the loudness of my voice.
Below are the few quotes I was willing to dig up about sickness in my weakened state. May you survive this winter without dealing with these woes.
Introduction and quote compilation by Laura S. Moncur, Staff Writer.
- “There’s a flu bug getting passed around, and it’s spreading like fire through the town. There’s a virus holding up inside us. Everyone that I know is coming down.”
- Squirrel Nut Zippers, ‘La Grippe’, The Inevitable, 1995
For more information about Wintertime Illnesses, try these links:
- Flu Season Advice from the IE Health Home Page – From Vitamin C to Chicken Soup, they give you advice on how to feel better.
- The following book is available through Amazon.com:
- Take Care of Yourself : The Complete Guide to Medical Self-Care by Donald M. Vickery, James F. Fries – My personal favorite. I don’t get sick without this thing nearby. I use it to prevent my imagination from turning a little cough into lung cancer.
- Patient Information Sheet: Influenza (Flu) Clinical advice for the flu from Parker A. Small, Jr., M.D. and Bradley S. Bender, M.D., University of Florida. Sound advice from real doctors; listen up!