This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time – I’ve just gotten over the flu, my older son has a double ear infection and pink eye, and I’m just holding my breath to see what the baby ends up with. It seems like so many of us are dealing with a particularly nasty cold and flu season. And as frustrated as I am with the sickness, I can’t help but consider us lucky: lucky that this is the worst we have it, and lucky that we have healthcare that enables us to go to the doctor and get medicine we need. I kid you not, I’ve been to the pediatrician almost weekly for the last two months.
So I thought I would share some of my tips for surviving this germ-filled season (besides taking your kid out of preschool for the duration, which I’ve been tempted to do myself…)
- Take preventative measures. I’m a firm believer in vaccines and other preventative care. I think a good night’s sleep and a nap can cure much that ails (in fact, my lack of good sleep lately is a direct reason I have been so sick). Taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical well-being. Get some fresh air, a bit of exercise, and a little of whatever makes you happy.
- Get good health care. My family has greatly benefitted from the Affordable Care Act. Since my husband and I are both self-employed, we have to pay our own insurance costs. Thanks to the ACA we are now insuring our family of 4 at a fraction of what we had to pay before. It has been a real lifesaver for us. But before we enrolled I was so overwhelmed at the choices: what insurance company would work for our doctors (I was pregnant with Calvin at the time), what would be covered, etc. I found a lot of helpful information online and through the insurance administrators at my pediatrician’s office. If you need affordable health coverage and haven’t yet applied, open enrollment ends February 15, so you still have time! Do some research on what is available, what you qualify for, and what plans might be right for you.
- Try, but don’t rely. When it comes to keeping my family healthy, I’ll try almost anything. So while I believe in vaccines and antibiotics and ibuprofen, I also believe that chiropractic care and acupuncture and epsom salt baths and essential oils, and many other things can be helpful. So I think it is important to be open to trying alternative treatments. You might find getting an adjustment or some essential oils work for you. But if it doesn’t, I’m a big believer in seeing your doctor, taking prescribed medication, etc. Everyone has their own beliefs as to what is right for their family, but I have seen some success in combining alternative treatments with traditional medicine.
- Find a doctor you trust. This is really so important. I had never really had a general physician that I went to regularly or formed much of a relationship with. But the relationship my family has with our kids’ pediatrician is so great. I trust him, he knows us and he is a great resource. If you don’t have a doctor, the first step is finding one who accepts your insurance. I also always ask friends or family (or coworkers or even other physicians) in my area for recommendations of physicians they love.
I hope these tips might help get you and your family through the cold and flu season. It’s a rough one this year. Hang in there. And if you are looking for more information on the Affordable Care Act, and how you might be able to lower your insurance payments, this video is helpful as well.
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