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.
- 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.
- Use Abridge to keep track of important information and record your doctor’s appointment. Have you ever been to the doctor where you have a lot of information thrown at you and by the time you leave you can’t remember half of what the doctor said? Happens to me ALL THE TIME!
I hope these tips might help get you and your family through the cold and flu season, the coronavirus pandemic, and all of your normal health visits.