By my calculations, everyone in our family, except for the dogs, has been sick twice since the week before Thanksgiving. Apparently eating dog kibble is the secret to staving off colds, coughs, and the general crud. I’m debating between chicken, rice, and vegetables or just a hearty beef blend for dinner tonight.
I don’t want this to turn into the phlegm family chronicles, but I thought I’d list some things we must have during the winter cold and flu season:
Tissue, preferably the kind that has lotion in it (nothing worse than a raw nose)
Humidifier (we currently are loving the heated kind)
Vick’s Vaporub, the kind your mama slathered on you (I’ve used this so much on Amelia that she’ll lift her shirt up when she sees the familiar blue jar.)
Antibacterial hand gel
Tylenol and Ibuprofen
Any of the meltable strip varieties of children’s medicine (WHY OH WHY didn’t they have these when I was a kid??)
Chicken noodle soup
Saline nose drops (not that either of my children will let me squirt these up their nose without freaking out)
Perhaps a couple of these masks
Do you have any rituals you follow when you feel under the weather? My mother-in-law swears by zinc lozenges and my mother always pushes chicken noodle soup. And what’s in your winter cold and flu season survival kit, besides a bottle of Bailey’s? Those of us with sneezy noses, as Caitlin would say, want to know.