It was bound to happen! I am getting sick.
Yesterday, my husband, sons and I went to visit my step daughter and her little children. My step daughter is my husband's daughter from his first very brief marriage and she has two kids ages 13 and 18 months. They are SO adorable!
We celebrated Christmas late with them as we all had obligations before then. The baby was awfully sick though. She has a serious ear infection which led her to get a sinus infection and a bad cold. She was in good spirits for being so sick but her nose and eyes were constantly running.
I am one of those people who gets sick almost instantaneously when I am around other people who are sick, especially in the winter. A few days ago, I was with my older sister who has a really bad case of bronchitis and is super sick. We were together for a wake. I tried to steer clear of her but it's impossible to talk in a crowd without having the other person breathe on you. Yesterday, I was playing with the baby and didn't take major precautions other than washing my hands a time or two extra.
And today............. I am sick! My older son just came over looking for his DayQuil that he left here. He's sick too. My younger sister has been sick for a day or two, right after we were all together with my sick older sister. This is not fun!
I should have maybe not been around these two but the circumstances were not ones that I could easily (or ever) put off until the people around me were no longer sick. I took a chance and hoped I would avoid catching something but, as I sit here, I feel worse and worse.
It could be that I caught whatever my older sister was spitting around. I don't know if one can get sick so fast after seeing someone so maybe being around the baby yesterday isn't why I have a sore throat, runny nose, headache, etc.
I have to have an injection into my eye tomorrow (but I am not complaining. My last post explains why!) and I, ironically, have to go to my ENT's on Wednesday for a cat scan of my sinuses. I suppose if I do get full blown sick, he's the guy to see.
What do you do to avoid getting sick in the winter? Do you avoid going places where there may be sick people passing around germs? I try to be careful but it's basically inevitable. If there's a sick person within 100 feet of me, I will catch it. Blahhhhhhhhhhh.