7 Tips For When Mom Is Sick — Practically Perfect Meg

Mothers never get a sick day. When you are the primary caretaker of the kids and household there is usually no one to step in so you can rest. When a mom does not get enough rest, she takes longer to recuperate. What is a mom supposed to do? Most of us keep momming no matter what! These hacks are a lifesaver when sick.

1. Take advantage of having groceries delivered. I know it can be expensive but most stores offer free delivery for the first order. Or a discount on delivery if you buy certain items. Some stores offer pick up service as well if you can drive.

Order plenty of orange juice and chicken soup for you. I order a few varieties of chicken soup to make that millionth bowl of soup less boring. Green tea with lemon and honey is a great option. Electrolyte water is another item I would consider stocking up on.

Order launchable’s, uncrustables, and plenty of convenience foods for the kids. Honestly, you need to stay off your feet as much as possible. A few days of eating these types of foods are ok. Most stores sell sliced fruits and veggies. Order those as well so the kids are getting their fruits and veggies.

Order enough tissues. I buy Lysol, Alcohol prep pads, Vitamin E softgels or rosehip oil, and nipple cream for breastfeeding. More on that in tip number two.

2. A runny nose can become red and raw fast. No matter what you put on it when you blow your nose it will come off. This is why I pierce a vitamin E soft gel and apply that to my nose. I then top it with nipple cream for breastfeeding moms. Lotions and oils transfer to tissue but nipple cream made of lanolin will stay on longer. Rosehip oil can soothe your nose too. The healing process after your nose stops running is much faster too.

3. Alcohol Prep pads are amazing for disinfecting items as you use them. Germs can live up to 24 hours. To prevent the spread of germs, I keep prep pads on hand to clean items after I use them to kill germs.

4. Skip cleaning. If you must spot clean only. Honestly, we clean and the next day the messes come back. Rest will not be detrimental. Consider asking children two and up to help. Small kids can put toys away. In fact most toddlers love to help. It never hurts to ask.

5. Make the days lazy ones. If the kids do not have school declare that no one needs to get dressed. This makes less laundry to do later. A Netflix marathon with the kids can allow you to rest. Make sure you have space so you do not spread germs to the kids.


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What’s The Difference Between Cold And Flu?

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It’s the feeling we all dread: waking up with that achy, feverish feeling while we sneeze and cough like crazy. One of the first things we wonder is whether these symptoms feel like a cold or the flu.

If you’re suffering from either, it’s smart to stay home until you’re no longer contagious. A fever is an indication that you have an infectious illness.

Colds are usually contagious for about eight days, and the flu is catching for as many as two weeks.

If your symptoms are uncomfortable, visit your local CareNow® for diagnosis and treatment.

How Cold and Flu Viruses Are Spread

A cold, while miserable, usually keeps you down for only a few days, while you can be sick with the flu for weeks.

Cold and flu viruses are extremely contagious and transmitted by droplets of fluid that contain the virus. These droplets become airborne when an infected person sneezes, coughs or speaks.

The virus is spread when someone inhales these droplets or touches a surface that the virus has landed on and then touches the eyes or nose. To prevent getting sick, take these simple precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who have a cold
  • Wash your hands often
  • Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth

Cold Symptoms Versus Flu Symptoms

A cold usually begins as a sore throat, which will stick around for a couple days. Once the sore throat has subsided, a runny nose or congestion coupled with a cough will follow for another few days.

Flu symptoms are typically more intense than cold symptoms and can come on rather quickly.

The flu also begins as a sore throat, but it is accompanied with a fever, muscle aches and a headache, as well as painful swallowing, a nagging cough and a persistent fever in more severe cases.

Signs of A Cold

If you’re in the beginning stages of a cold, the first symptoms will likely appear one to three days after you’ve been exposed to the virus.

While the symptoms of a cold may vary from person to person, common ailments include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever
  • General feeling of malaise
  • Achy muscles or a mild headache

You may notice nasal discharge becoming thicker and turning yellow or green as the cold progresses. Don’t mistake this for a bacterial infection.

Can You Have a Fever with a Cold?

You can have a mild fever with a cold. If it’s higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, it could be symptomatic of strep throat.

Someone with strep is likely to develop a high fever in the first few days of the illness. If you notice that your temperature suddenly spikes, you should call a doctor.

How Long Does the Common Cold Last?

For most adults, the common cold will last anywhere from a week to 10 days. If you have a cough, your recovery may take longer—about 18 days to fully recuperate.

Cold symptoms may last longer in those who smoke. If your symptoms don’t improve, you should see a doctor.

Flying with a Cold

If you have cold-like symptoms, you may want to reconsider flying out of consideration for fellow passengers.

Research shows that travelers who sit within two rows of someone with flu-like symptoms are at a 3.6 percent increased risk of contracting the illness.

If you’re unable to postpone your trip and your symptoms are under control using over-the-counter medications, be aware that flying with a cold can be painful. The swelling of mucus membranes can cause the eustachian tubes in the ears to swell.

The ears can become blocked due to the change in air pressure on the plane, resulting in excruciating pain.

Before boarding, take a decongestant to help reduce swelling and chew gum during the flight to help open up the pressure in your throat, which will in turn open up the eustachian tubes.

Can You Get a Flu Shot with a Cold?

Determining whether you should get a flu shot while you have a cold depends on your symptoms.

If your symptoms are mild, it’s likely OK.

If your illness is moderate to severe, it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve recovered as you will not be able to tell whether the muscle soreness, headache or fever is a reaction to the shot. If you’re unsure, contact your doctor.

How to Know You Have the Flu

Being able to identify the early symptoms of the flu can help you treat it early and prevent it from spreading.

Flu symptoms tend to come on much more quickly than a cold, and you may also develop a fever. Other flu symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Weakness or extreme fatigue
  • Pain and tiredness around the eyes
  • Warm, flushed skin
  • Severe muscle aches

How Long Does the Flu Last?

For a healthy adult, the flu lasts one to two weeks. The most severe symptoms occur for two to three days.

Weakness, fatigue, dry cough and a reduced ability to exercise can continue to linger for three to seven days after the other symptoms have subsided.

The contagious period of the flu begins one day before symptoms begin and lasts five to seven days after you’ve been sick.

Can You Have the Flu Without a Fever?

mother with her hand on her child's forehead while looking at a thermometer.

While it’s common for someone with the flu to also have a fever, not everyone will.

Even if you don’t, you should treat your flu symptoms seriously. If your flu is accompanied with a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s likely one of the reasons that you feel so bad.

Pneumonia Versus Flu

Pneumonia and the flu have very similar symptoms, which can make it difficult to tell the two apart.

Typically, pneumonia is characterized by respiratory symptoms, and the symptoms ramp up slowly over several days.

The best way to determine if you have pneumonia or the flu is to see your doctor

If you believe you have a cold or the flu, consider visiting your local CareNow® for a proper diagnosis. Remember to also help prevent your child from getting a viral illness this year by taking him or her to CareNow® for immunizations.

CareNow® urgent care accepts walk-in patients all day so you have access to convenient care when you need it. Or, be sure to check in online to avoid the waiting room!

By: CareNow® – January 13, 2020

Source: What’s The Difference Between Cold And Flu?


This Inexpensive Action Lowers Hospital Infections And Protects Against Flu Season

Harvard Medical School graduate and lecturer, Stephanie Taylor, is something of an Indiana Jones of medicine. She’s a determined scientist who can’t seem to sit still. Along with a resume full of accolades and publications, she’s a skydiver with 1,200 jumps. She solves haunting medical mysteries. “Anything that seems scary, I say I need to learn more about that,” she explained in a recent interview

While practicing pediatric oncology at a major teaching hospital, Taylor wondered why so many of her young patients came down with infections and the flu, despite the hospital’s herculean efforts at prevention. Her hunch: the design and infrastructure of the building contributed somehow.

Dr. Taylor embarked on a quest to find out if she was right. First, the skydiving doctor made a career jump: She went back to school for a master’s in architecture, and then began research on the impact of the built environment on human health and infection. Ultimately, she found a lost ark.

She and colleagues studied 370 patients in one unit of a hospital to try to isolate the factors associated with patient infections. They tested and retested 8 million data points controlling for every variable they could think of to explain the likelihood of infection. Was it hand hygiene, fragility of the patients, or room cleaning procedures? Taylor thought it might have something to do with the number of visitors to the patient’s room.

While all those factors had modest influence, one factor stood out above them all, and it shocked the research team. The one factor most associated with infection was (drum roll): dry air. At low relative humidity, indoor air was strongly associated with higher infection rates. “When we dry the air out, droplets and skin flakes carrying viruses and bacteria are launched into the air, traveling far and over long periods of time. The microbes that survive this launching tend to be the ones that cause healthcare-associated infections,” said Taylor. “Even worse, in addition to this increased exposure to infectious particles, the dry air also harms our natural immune barriers which protect us from infections.”

Since that study was published, there is now more research in peer-reviewed literature observing a link between dry air and viral infections, such as the flu, colds and measles, as well as many bacterial infections, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding more research. Taylor finds one of the most interesting studies from a team at the Mayo Clinic, which humidified half of the classrooms in a preschool and left the other half alone over three months during the winter. Influenza-related absenteeism in the humidified classrooms was two-thirds lower than in the standard classrooms—a dramatic difference. Taylor says this study is important because its design included a control group: the half of classrooms without humidity-related intervention.

Scientists attribute the influence of dry air to a new understanding about the behavior of airborne particles, or “infectious aerosol transmissions.” They used to assume the microbes in desiccated droplets were dead, but advances in the past several years changed that thinking. “With new genetic analysis tools, we are finding out that most of the microbes are not dead at all. They are simply dormant while waiting for a source of rehydration,” Taylor explained. “Humans are an ideal source of hydration, since we are basically 60% water. When a tiny infectious particle lands on or in a patient, the pathogen rehydrates and begins the infectious cycle all over again.”

These findings are especially important for hospitals and other health settings, because dry air is also associated with antibiotic resistance, which can devastate whole patient populations. Scientists now believe resistant organisms do not develop only along the Darwinian trajectory, where mutated bacteria produce a new generation of similarly mutated offspring that can survive existing antibiotics. Resistant pathogens in infectious aerosols do not need to wait for the next generation, they can instantly share their resistant genes directly through a process called horizontal gene transfer.

According to her research, and subsequent studies in the medical literature, the “sweet spot” for indoor air is between 40% and 60% relative humidity. An instrument called a hygrometer, available for about $10, will measure it. Every hospital, school, and home should have them, according to Taylor, along with a humidifier to adjust room hydration to the sweet spot.

Operating rooms, Taylor notes, are often kept cooler than other rooms to keep gown-wearing surgical staff comfortable. Cool air holds less water vapor than warm air, so condensation can more easily occur on cold, uninsulated surfaces. Consequently, building managers often turn humidifiers off instead of insulating cold surfaces. This quick fix can result in dry air, and Taylor urges hospitals to bring the operating room’s relative humidity up, even when it is necessary, to maintain a lower temperature. Taylor’s research suggests this reduces surgical site infections.

Taylor travels the country speaking with health care and business groups to urge adoption of the 40%–60% relative humidity standard. And she practices what she preaches. “My husband has ongoing respiratory problems and had at least one serious illness each winter. Ever since we started monitoring our indoor relative humidity and keeping it around 40%, even when using our wood stove, he has not been sick. Our dogs also love it because they do not get static electricity shocks when being petted in the wintertime!”

The bad news is that it takes on average of 17 years for scientific evidence to be put into medical practice, according to a classic study. The good news is that Taylor is on the case, and she’s on a crusade against the destruction of bacteria and viruses. She’s not waiting 17 years. Jock, start the engine.

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Source: This Inexpensive Action Lowers Hospital Infections And Protects Against Flu Season

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