Yesterday Chuck came home from work feeling ill. I was fairly certain it wasn’t influenza, but can I ever be 100% sure? Sometimes. Not always. It wasn’t so long ago that I posted this.
I was searching and sorting and purging a pile of papers and I found this, a predecessor to Monday’s post. It’s on a scrap of yellow legal pad, so it probably rose from the ashes of a school staff meeting or staff development. This piece wasn’t for the CDC. In fact, I’m pretty sure I wrote it pre-blog. To make it current, it would need almost no changes.
You know the flu has taken over when:
- Chicken soup and cinnamon toast make a meal.
- The phone rings and the teenager doesn’t move.
- The blind family member identifies people by their coughs rather than their voices.
- The dishwasher is full of glasses and bowls because no one is eating real meals.
- Each sick person carries around his/her own box of tissue.
- Suddenly the supply of Tylenol and ibuprofen in the medicine cabinet looks woefully under stocked.
The above list was written with a sense of – well, something close to gallows humor, if I remember correctly. Since that year, all of us have stayed up to date on flu shots. Get your own flu vaccine, people. It’s not too late.
The entire family has been vaccinated. This year’s vaccine may only be 10% – 30% effective, but at least it’s something. As for Chuck, he felt much better today and went back to work. That’s a relief to all of us!