I've never been much a rule follower. I'll fudge my daughter's age at overpriced theme parks, talk my way into a free trial class, knowing I have no intention of signing up and bypass rules of the road (The rolling stop is a favorite move of mine as is right on red, no u-turn... Basically, I'm a menace to society.).
Fevers can be caused by both bacteria and viruses -- so the adage "Feed a cold, starve a fever" is an oversimplification.
The couples I interviewed for my book, Two in a Bed, offered reasons for sleeping together and also reasons to sleep apart when one of the partners has the flu or a cold. I'm not a physician and don't have medical advice to offer you, but I can tell you what the people I interviewed said.
Sometimes all it takes is a story to let us know we're capable of turning our lives around. Perhaps we just need to get over that hump, or we're craving that tender nudge that pushes us in the right direction, even if it's headed uphill.
These absurdly genius sick-day essentials are just what you need to ease the stress of sniffle patrol.
When one is at the start of a long, twisted road that includes the potential mortality of their child, words simply cannot soothe. They can, however, aggravate. So I thought it might be helpful to look at some things that struck us the wrong way when we were facing our crisis.
When raising children, we often try to shield them from problems and stress. We don't let them know that the mortgage is two months behind. We don't share our marital problems with them. And we do what we can to make sure they are happy, feel loved, and have the best chance to succeed in life.
Most people ask me: "What was that like?" I think what they really want to know is what did I learn. They don't want the stories of the needles and hospital beds, so I'll spare you the details too, but I'll share these three essential, earth-shaking lessons I took with me after the battle.
These PSAs make it seem like getting a flu shot is easy and obvious, but every year, the majority of American adults choose NOT to make that long, difficult trek to the pharmacy on the corner. So should you? We won't tell you what to do, but we'll help you think through it.
When my children were small I could always count on one thing; if they were going to be sick it would be on the weekend or a holiday. I called it Murphy's Law of parenting. I didn't realize that once we had grandchildren the cycle would start over.