Common Sense Guide to Nursing Your Family Through the Flu
By Terri Pray
It can be hard enough to nurse one
person through flu season, but what happens when most, if
not all, of the family comes down with it?
Have a sick box
ready: toys, games and books that do not take much energy
to use. Audio books can be a lifesaver. Try making your
own version as back-ups.
Sleep when they
sleep, and do not be tempted to go and attack the housework.
You need your rest as much as they do.
If you're getting
them a drink, make sure you get one for yourself as well.
Keep meals simple.
Soups, hot cereal, tinned pasta meals -- things that will
slide down sore throats with ease.
Keep lip balm on
hand. Sore lips simply add to the misery.
For older children
and adults, try hot tea or cocoa with honey to help soothe
The flu can affect
your memory, leaving you foggy and forgetful. Write down
on a notice board, or paper pinned to the fridge, when medication
is due (if applicable).
Try offering ice
cubes or chips for a child to suck on if his throat is sore.
Take turns with
your partner watching the children so you can have a hot
bath or shower. This at least will help make you feel a
little more human again.
Listen to your
body. It's all too easy to overdo things in an attempt to
keep the house looking normal. Working yourself too much
can set back your recovery time from this or any other illness.
Above all else, do not expect to bounce
Pray is an English woman currently living in Minnesota with
her husband and two small children. Her writing covers a wide
range of genres: fiction to nonfiction, flash, short stories,
articles and novel lengths.