The expression in my title today means that it is is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than trying to fix them once they arise, and I have always truly believed this when it comes to avoiding sickness. That is, until last week!
My hubby came home last Tuesday night sick. He had a fever, he alternated aches and chills, his nose was burning and stuffy. In a nutshell, he just felt horrible all over! Well, I believe in the power of positive thinking, so I told myself, “Self, you are NOT going to get sick!!” We used to get quite a few flu bugs when the kids were little – they were always bringing something home from school – but with the advent of the flu shot and the fact that the kids are pretty much grown now, we have been really quite healthy for a number of years. Friends and co-workers have had different bugs wreak havoc in their households, but we always avoided it, or at least got a much milder version. Then a few weeks ago we had a nasty cold, and now Mikey was sick again with the flu.
So, out came my secret weapon – the can of Lysol!! I basically followed Mikey around and sprayed everything that he touched, from the handle of the toilet to the light switches. And, since Bryan is away at college, I took up sleeping in his room, determined to keep the germs at bay. I nagged at Mike about washing his hands and coughing into his elbow instead of his hands. There was no way I was going to let him pass this nasty bug on to Daniel and I. Well, have you noticed that I haven’t blogged in a few days? I know I said I was cutting back a bit, but not posting the past few days was not my choice. Let’s just say that you can take the expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and throw it right out the window!! Daniel and I have been sick as dogs since Friday night.
None of us can remember the last time we even had fevers, and Mike’s was up over 104°F at one point as he vibrated with chills, and Daniel and I both got up close to 103°F. My hubby NEVER takes time off work, and he was off three days last week, and Daniel and I are home today and probably tomorrow I would imagine. Our fevers are down, but it gets into the chest, and you can hear your chest rattle every time you breathe. Plus, our bodies are aching from coughing non-stop.
Ok, that’s enough whining! I was trying to figure out what picture to post today, and I remembered that I haven’t shown you any of the last shots that I took of the Fall colours. There is a place about 40 minutes away from us, close to where my hubby used to live as a kid, where the trees grow over the roadway, creating a tunnel effect, and we wondered what it would look like in the Fall. Although it didn’t have any of the deep reds that we have enjoyed this Fall, it was still incredibly beautiful and extremely peaceful as it is a little backroad in the middle of nowhere. I thought this photo was fitting today because it kind of symbolizes for me the long road to recovery or seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as I slowly start to feel better. I hope you like it :).
Hope you feel better soon.
It’s slow, but I think I am getting there. Thank you :).
That sounds absolutely horrific Cindy!! Hope you all are feeling better soon!!! Stunning photo btw… love the colours!! 🙂 **
Thank you so much :). It’s the absolute worst I have felt in years, but I figure the fact that I had the energy to turn on my computer today is a good sign LOL!! Glad you liked the photo. It’s a beautiful place.
Beautiful photo… sorry to hear about the sickness… my whole family had flu shots this year as they do every year… I don’t believe in it, why introduce something your trying to avoid… well we went through the winter with all of them getting the colds and flu.. and guess what, I got nothing… not even a runny nose… I wonder if these shot are actually such a good thing… do the bugs not build a resistance against the introduced strains and mutate to creat a stronger one… I’m just thinking allowed… my family don’t agree with me but still…
I know, we had very mixed feelings about the flu shot when they first came out for the same reasons as you mention, but after we started getting them we seemed to avoid most bugs. Coincidence? I’m not sure, but all I know is that we haven’t had ours yet this year. It will be interesting to see how we do after we get them. Maybe this year is just slated to be a bad year for us no matter what. Who knows :). Thanks Bulldog!
That is beautiful. I hope you feel better. Take care of yourself and family.
Thanks Edith! Rest is the best medicine :).
Oh Cindy, I hate it when my family and friends are sick…. I hope you are your old self again soon. 103 and 104 fevers are nothing to sneeze at! Meanwhile, I am glad you are far away and that your germs are there instead of here. 🙂
P.S. I LOVE the fall photo. Brilliant colors. Great shot.
Thanks Dor :). You know it’s bad when I don’t want to eat!! I know, hard to believe, but it’s true LOL. Plus I didn’t even have the energy to read a book. Yikes!! We are on the mend though, just slowly. Glad you liked the photo :).
Soooooo predddyyyy!!! Any photo relating to tree’s seems to = an automatic like from me lol.
I have a soft spot for trees to Becky :). Thanks!
I “Liked” your post, but it’s only the photos I’m liking, not the fact that your family has been sick! I totally relate to the germ thing. I don’t get sick much. When my husband or son get sick, I am wiping off the lavatory handles and doorknobs and computer keyboard. I try to do this on the sly so they don’t feel dejected, but I know they see me. Hope you are all right as rain soon!
Well, I’m sure glad I’m not the only one – my hubby thought I was crazy spraying everything, especially when it didn’t seem to do any good LOL. He said we should have just hugged him and kissed him and all got sick together and got it over with quicker :). Thanks for the well wishes!
Oh, I feel so bad for you being sick! It was exactly this kind of flu & cold which turned into pneumonia for me last Christmas that finally got me to quit smoking. Hubby got sick Christmas Eve, he slept through Christmas Day & Boxing Day. I started late on Boxing Day & didn’t feel better until New Year’s Eve which is when we finally celebrated Christmas. We both slept in our recliners because we couldn’t sleep laying down.
Love the pic you posted today – this is exactly why I love fall so much for these kind of views!
It’s funny you should mention pneumonia because we were just watching a report on the news about the symptoms of pneumonia. It made me kind of nervous, but since my hubby is feeling much better and Daniel and I are starting to feel better, I’m hoping it is simply a nasty flu bug! I’m thinking another day off work is in order though :). Thanks so much for your concern, and congrats on quitting smoking. That’s amazing!!
I am SO sorry that you’ve all been so sick!!!! I just feel for you……I really, really hope that you’re on the mend soon and feeling better….praying for you all…xo
Awww, you are so sweet :). Thank you for caring, and don’t worry we are slowly but surely getting better. It’s definitely the worst bug we have had in a long, long time though!!
It’s just really rough when you get that sick..and fevers SO high……I had that once when I was pregnant..high fever I mean…but I started hallucinating..did any of you??
No, we didn’t have any hallucinations, but our bodies ached from head to foot, and the alternating chills and sweats were horrible!! Luckily, that part is done, and now we are trying to get rid of it our of our chests and get some energy back! That must have been horrible to have such a high fever while pregnant :(.
warm sunshine, a beach and a frosty drink will help to cure your concerns…
You are such a smart man!! I totally agree that would fix me right up :).
Picture = 🙂 Sickness 😦
I couldn’t agree more :). This one sure likes to hang on, and I’m really getting sick of it – no pun intended LOL!!
Neat photo with great fall colouring. I feel like I’m staring into infinity.
Thanks Andy! I think this photo could be considered vanishing point photography, and I always love finding shots like this :).
Hope you all feel better soon! Just gaze at that glorious fall photo for a while, it will make you smile. 🙂
Yes, it makes me smile and sigh in happiness :). Thank you!!
Ah yes, that is a stunning picture! 🙂 And how awful, Cindy, for all of you to feel so miserable! I hope you’ll soon feel a lot better.
Thank you so much :). We are much much better now – just that stubborn lingering cough! Glad you liked the photo.