The season of illness is upon us, and I was reminded again of how blessed we are to have the simple resources to care for our family in times of illness. I've been making a basic list to remind me of the things I need to pick up or replenish in order to deal with the inevitable colds that are making the rounds at our house.
I often wonder why our children are so subject to colds, considering their excellent diet, abundant fresh air and good hygiene. They both take nutritional supplements and are with other children enough to be exposed to germs, but not so much that they are inundated. I keep hoping that they will develop some immunities, but until they do, we'll cope with sickness by offering all of the comforts of home. I am very thankful that they don't suffer from more serious illnesses, and even our Dreamer seems to be 'outgrowing' her asthma symptoms.
- When we are sick, we stay home! We like to share, but not our germs!
- Hand washing - frequently.
- Cleaning - especially the forgotten areas - phone, keyboard, mouse, piano keys and door knobs.
- Healthy diet, fresh air, exercise and vitamins. Plenty of pure water to drink.
Chills and aches:
- Soother Sac's to keep everyone warm and cozy.
- The 'sick' quilt - a special cover for when someone isn't feeling very well.
- Tiger Balm or Arnica Gel to rub on achy muscles.
- Tylenol or Motrin as needed.
For upset stomach:
- Ginger Ale
- Crystallized ginger to nibble on
- Ginger Snaps (we like Nabisco or Anna's)
- Soda Crackers
- Toast and tea
For stuffy heads:
- Kiss My Face Cold and Flu Bath - really clears the sinus
- Kiss My Face Cold and Flu Room Spray
- Saltwater nasal spray
- Vick's Vapo Rub - creamy for sensitive skin, applied to chest and forehead
- Vick's Cool Mist Humidifier
For general colds:
- Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- Puffs soft tissues
- Kiss My Face or Burt's Bees Lip Balm
- Vitamin E oil to rub on sore noses
- Warm salt water to gargle for sore throat
- Juice Popsicles
- Fresh squeezed orange juice
- Tea - a wide variety
- Extra Vitamin C with Zinc
On the road to recovery:
- Fruit - bananas, frozen blueberries and grapes are always a favorite here
- Yogurt - with the live cultures
- Pudding and Rice Pudding
- Mild meats - chicken or turkey, scrambled eggs
- Toast and tea
- Whenever possible we keep up with our school work, but at a slower pace and with breaks for rest.
- This is the time when we use videos to help ward off the boredom! Since they only see one video per week and they don't watch t.v., this is a real treat. The best part of being sick if you ask our Storyteller!!!
- Audio books - Boxcar Children, Adventures in Odyssey, The Little House Series, A Visit With Mrs. G
- Puzzles and games.
- Craft projects.
- List making - hopes, dreams and gift ideas are often fun to list and makes us think of better things to come!
- Catalog shopping and dream collages - we raid the recycle bins and see what we can come up with!