Thought I was going to escape getting sick this winter but I guess not. Truth is, none of us in the family have been sick for years so I guess it was bound to happen sometime. There have been days when I’ve felt a sore throat come on, but I chase it away with 2 vitamin C packs and a few drops of bee propolis extract, a tip I got from my friend’s Korean Brazilian mother, and it usually goes away the next day. Like every single time. But not this time.
My mother-in-law once told me that I would make a good quarantine nurse. This after experiencing my quarantine tactics first hand herself one December. I’m not a germaphobe, but I do become ruthless when I know that a virus or something easily contagious has entered the house (does that make me a germaphobe?), but nobody makes fun of me to my face because whatever I do WORKS (I believe those are Mark’s exact words). I’ve been able to successfully contain illnesses from spreading from one member of the family to another – illnesses that are notorious for taking down family members mercilessly one by one. This usually involves extreme levels of repeated hand washing and following the sick person around with a spray bottle of bleach/water solution and sanitizing any surface that has been touched. Ok, not really (maybe). Oh, and because I am highly sensitive to even the smallest amount of bleach and have contracted bronchitis from bleach inhalation, I now wear a surgical mask while wiping down surfaces. It’s a lovely sight and I might as well purchase a hazmat suit to complete the look. This all came about, by the way, when all our neighbors came down with the stomach virus a number of years back the day after we were all together at a birthday party (incidentally at our apartment). We kept hearing reports from neighbors one after the other that the whole family had come down with the flu. I had never seen it spread so fast! Everyone in our family got it too, though a very mild case of it compared to what others seemed to be suffering from. Everyone but me, that is. I have no idea why I was spared, but that’s when I started wielding the bleach spray bottle. It sounds over the top crazy, but hey, it’s worked.
All this to say, I have quarantined myself in the bedroom these past few days as an attempt to spare the rest of the family from this brain-splitting sinus headache that I’ve had for 3 days. Not great timing as I’m in the middle of a concepting/brainstorming stage of a new project I’m working on for a client that has required a lot of in person UX meetings lately, but maybe this state of illness induced delirium will produce some unexpected creativity and visions. Ya never know.
Hope you are staying healthy.