Flu and Cold Season is Almost Here and Here is Your Flu Plan
Fall is in the air and winter can’t be too far behind. The change of season, the holidays, and more are a lot of fun. However, getting sick doesn’t make the list. No one likes a cold and fewer favor the flu.
But, it is almost that time of year again. Time for millions to get a bug, call in sick, and spend the day(s) in misery. Luckily, you don’t have to be one of them. Now is the time to start planning to defeat the germs of winter.
Lisa Bedford, THE Survival Mom, came up with a super flu survival plan.
“I never get sick. I have a killer immune system. Usually, the common cold and the annual flu pass me by but this last year I wasn’t so fortunate. With no flu survival plan in place, The flu hit me hard and I was knocked off my feet for more than 2 weeks. At one point, my fever was high enough that I was delirious, giving my husband crazy instructions for plugging in a heating pad, as my whole body was wracked with violent shivering.
What was funny is that I knew what I was saying made no sense, I knew I was delirious, and I still kept talking crazy talk. Thank God my husband has a good sense of humor!”
Being sick can make anyone delirious – literally or figuratively. It’s a terrible experience most have experienced but would rather not again. There are a few things you can do to even or tilt your odds.
Colds and the Flu are similar but different – as different as viruses and bacteria. They have slightly different symptoms and durations. The treatment is generally the same. The flu is generally more severe in nature. Thus, it makes sense to be able to recognize one.
Look for (and Feel!):
And that lovely lousy feeling of general fatigue.
With a cold (which is thankfully not as bad as the flu most times) you can have those plus:
A runny nose;
Post nasal drip and the sore throat;
And maybe a milder form of terrible tiredness.
Neither is a load of laughs. And both should be avoided.
Lisa reminds all to stock up now on the basic supplies of feeling better:
And Scotch (oops – that one is all me….).
In addition to her supplies and planning she also recommends setting up a quarantine area so the disease does not spread. As the old saying goes: “Only a worm would share his germ….”
Stay hydrated and get a ton of rest (which is probably all you’ll have the energy for. Sanitation is key for shortening the duration of illness; keep it clean. There is little modern medicine can do against these age-old issues. Luckily, most people simply recover on their own. But do consider medical attention if things get worse or fail to improve in a week or two.
In her article Lisa says she almost never gets sick. Neither do I. But it hasn’t always been that way. Five or ten years back I was just as susceptible as anyone else. Not anymore. What changed? When I shed all the excess weight, resumed lifting, and altered my diet, I inadvertently super-charged my immune system.
It’s not a guaranteed strategy but it could do the same for you. That and all of Lisa’s recommendations will help eliminate the worst of the coughs, chills, and runny-gloomy-sickly sadness of the season. Get fit and fight the bugs!
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.