Have you ever had flu? Not the stinking head cold that people often mistake for flu, but real full blown, can’t get out of bed, think you’re going to die flu?
I have, some years ago now, but I remember how crappy I felt. Christmas eve was hazy, a temperature, sore head and aching joints. Christmas day I remember nothing, not even my baby girl being taken to A&E with a suspected broken arm! Boxing day passed me by with few if any memories and by the time I was awake again on the 27th, both my babies had the germ as well! My husband tells me I was crying with the pain in my back, that he had to change the sheets on the bed because I was sweating so much.
So the Christmas holidays in 2007 were pretty miserable in our house. The children and I lay on the fold out sofa bed in the living room for a week. Badger stepped over us on his way to work in the morning, having left bottles of juice to keep us going and sandwiches in the fridge. I should add that we never felt up to the sandwiches and it was 4 or 5 days before any of us really felt like eating again.
We were lucky. Although we felt like poop none of us suffered any long term effects, none of us are asthmatic or have long medical conditions, so we didn’t have any complications. But lots of people do, lots of people will spend the holidays with elderly relatives or pregnant aunties, and the dangers to them are much greater!
So please, consider giving your children the flu jab this winter! Don’t blow your budget this month on Calpol, or miss the joy of time with your family – take the opportunity given by our very wonderful NHS and protect your family!
This post is in collaboration with www.sharegoodtimesnotflu.co.uk