Biting the Bug in Our Little House
It’s amazing to me how many new things keep cropping up about living in a small space, even now 3 years after our move.
Dale and I aren’t susceptible to a lot of viruses, so aside from a couple of small colds, we really haven’t had to deal with many germs.
That is, until this past week.
Dale’s luck ran out and he has been very ill with whatever crud is going around town. Bad cold or flu, we’re not sure.
Living with someone who is contagious is challenging for anyone, but the germs are almost impossible to escape in close quarters.
A week ago Sunday night, when he started sniffling, I asked, “Are you getting a cold?”
He said, “I don’t know.”
I’m not sure why men don’t know that tingling feeling in the back of the throat, that most women I’ve talked to associates with a cold, but I wasn’t taking any chances.
Don’t get me wrong. I empathize with my husband. I’ve been babying him and making sure he’s taking his medicine. But I have tons of work right now and really, I’m a pretty big baby when it comes to sore throats. I couldn’t take any time from my work to be sick.
I doubled my vitamin and Echinacea intake, began swallowing zinc and loaded up on C. By Tuesday, I had a slight sniffle and sore throat, but nothing like what Dale had developed.
Chills, sore throat, fever, sneezing and sniffling. By Saturday, he still looked awful and the bug had moved into his chest.
I put the anti-bacterial rub near his chair and asked him to use it anytime he touched his face or coughed into his hands. (I know antibacterial products can be harmful, but we only use them in cases of illness, or when we’re out eating. If anyone knows a safe way to sanitize our hands, I’m all ears).
Of course it also helped that he didn’t take any time off from work either, so the hours he was spreading germs around our little house was limited.
I then adopted the rule I use when out and about: I never touch my mouth, nose, ears or eyes while in public, unless I’ve washed or sanitized my hands.
My next dilemma, what to use to sanitize the doorknobs, television remote and other hard surfaces?
Due to it being so detrimental to the environment, I have completely quit using chlorine bleach, which is what I previously used.
I know white distilled vinegar is good for lots of things, but will it sanitize and get rid of germs?
According to this website, it will. Hooray! Score another for the environment and score one for me that I haven’t caught the bug (knock on wood).
What do you do to keep from catching bugs from kids, spouses or S.O’s in your home?