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post #1 of 33 Old 02-17-2020, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Flu Season

I usually pride myself on my strong immune system and with my heavy use of hand sanitizer, I figured I would be quite invincible. However, last week, I was struck down with the flu.

I didn't get my flu shot this year. No real reason why I put it off, I'm just the worst procrastinator and I figured if I just wash my hands a lot and keep my hands away from my face, I'll be smooth sailing to spring.

But boy, did I forget how much the flu kicks your tail end! I literally thought I was dying and at times, I wish I was!

So, who else has been struck by the virus? And to those who haven't, what's your secret?

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I usually pride myself on my strong immune system and with my heavy use of hand sanitizer, I figured I would be quite invincible. However, last week, I was struck down with the flu.

I didn't get my flu shot this year. No real reason why I put it off, I'm just the worst procrastinator and I figured if I just wash my hands a lot and keep my hands away from my face, I'll be smooth sailing to spring.

But boy, did I forget how much the flu kicks your a**! I literally thought I was dying and at times, I wish I was!

So, who else has been struck by the virus? And to those who haven't, what's your secret?
I have not had flu since I started getting the vaccine. I also got mine in Sept this year, as soon as the pharmacy got them in.

I am absolutely a freak about washing my hands, using paper towels to open restroom doors, and then using hand sanitizer. I have also been known to wear a mask in areas where I know sick people congregate, i.e. labs, dr's offices, er's. I also spray down booths, chairs and tables in restaurants and I liberally use the sanitizing wipes on grocery carts and my purse once it's been in the cart. When I'm done with the cart, I spray my hands, the truck door handles in & out, and the steering wheel.

I avoid little kids like they have the plague (secret, they do!). Makes life a little more boring until flu season's over with but it keeps me upright most of the time.

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I have not had flu since I started getting the vaccine. I also got mine in Sept this year, as soon as the pharmacy got them in.

I am absolutely a freak about washing my hands, using paper towels to open restroom doors, and then using hand sanitizer. I have also been known to wear a mask in areas where I know sick people congregate, i.e. labs, dr's offices, er's. I also spray down booths, chairs and tables in restaurants and I liberally use the sanitizing wipes on grocery carts and my purse once it's been in the cart. When I'm done with the cart, I spray my hands, the truck door handles in & out, and the steering wheel.

I avoid little kids like they have the plague (secret, they do!). Makes life a little more boring until flu season's over with but it keeps me upright most of the time.
I do much of the same stuff, although not quite as fanatical as you, like I don't sanitize my purse or the truck door handles or wear a mask.........but yeah, shopping cart handles, fast food tables, bathroom doors, all the same! I am always rifling through my purse for the hand sanitizer. Oh, and gas pumps.......think of all the hands that have been on there.......I always sanitize afterwards. And I also get a flu shot. Knock on wood, I haven't had the flu in quite a while, some years anyway. I must admit though, I am a needle-phobic and probably wouldn't get the flu shot except my Mom has a lot of health problems and has had pneumonia a couple of times, so I get the shot because I would never forgive myself if I gave her the flu. Otherwise I would probably take my chances because I hate shots.

About the masks......I see a lot of people wearing them in the stores and I've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to......are they afraid of catching something or afraid of spreading something? I am a little leery of masked people for that reason. I figure they could have TB or something! There was actually a friendly older gentleman at Walmart the other day, wearing a mask. Because we were talking anyway, I almost asked him why he was wearing a mask but then I chickened out.

Anyone else worried about the corona-virus? I'm not worried about it too much at the moment only because I try not to worry about things I have no control over. But I figure it's only a matter of time until it is everywhere and we all will have been exposed to it. I know it's not supposed to be as bad as the flu.........but if you are one of the unlucky ones that gets severely sick, that is no comfort. And like I said, I worry about my Mom especially.


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I do much of the same stuff, although not quite as fanatical as you, like I don't sanitize my purse or the truck door handles or wear a mask.........but yeah, shopping cart handles, fast food tables, bathroom doors, all the same! I am always rifling through my purse for the hand sanitizer. Oh, and gas pumps.......think of all the hands that have been on there.......I always sanitize afterwards. And I also get a flu shot. Knock on wood, I haven't had the flu in quite a while, some years anyway. I must admit though, I am a needle-phobic and probably wouldn't get the flu shot except my Mom has a lot of health problems and has had pneumonia a couple of times, so I get the shot because I would never forgive myself if I gave her the flu. Otherwise I would probably take my chances because I hate shots.

About the masks......I see a lot of people wearing them in the stores and I've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to......are they afraid of catching something or afraid of spreading something? I am a little leery of masked people for that reason. I figure they could have TB or something! There was actually a friendly older gentleman at Walmart the other day, wearing a mask. Because we were talking anyway, I almost asked him why he was wearing a mask but then I chickened out.

Anyone else worried about the corona-virus? I'm not worried about it too much at the moment only because I try not to worry about things I have no control over. But I figure it's only a matter of time until it is everywhere and we all will have been exposed to it. I know it's not supposed to be as bad as the flu.........but if you are one of the unlucky ones that gets severely sick, that is no comfort. And like I said, I worry about my Mom especially.
I learned the hard way shortly after we moved here to use hand sanitizer. Picked up pink eye on the shopping carts and couldn't figure out why I couldn't get it gone and to stay gone. Haven't picked up pink eye from the carts since I started doing my own "bio security".

Re: the masks, I figure them to be on people who already have the flu or that they're on of the few who are semi fanatic about bio security. I wear it to keep from getting what someone else is shedding and I wear it in case I've been exposed but haven't shown symptoms yet.

Not terribly worried about the Corona virus. I suspect there's a bit of a tempest in a tea pot surrounding that one.
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I don't get the flu vaccine. Don't get me wrong, I definitely value its use, and I have no political inclination not to get it. I just tend to get caught up in things that tend to be more relevant and stressful in the moment. Oops

I'm certainly not crazy about cleanliness either. I often eat with the same unwashed hands I just groomed my horse with. I hate hand sanitizer, I really do. I don't pay any more attention to hygiene while using public bathrooms than I would in my own home. I don't run away screaming from every person who sneezes. I don't spray/wipe down anything ever unless I need to at my job because I'm expected to.

Literally, the most effort I've ever put into not getting sick is "Well, that other student in class who touched my stuff is visibly sick, so maybe I shouldn't put my hands near my face for a while."

That being said, I rarely get sick *furiously knocking on wood*. The only time I got sick in the past four years was when I had some strange pounding headache for a couple days, but it didn't stop me from riding and working out. I don't even know if I was sick or if something else was off. When I do get sick, and it's been a very long time since I have, it's often a "Huh, I'm sort of sniffly, maybe I'm sick" and then the next day it's gone. I don't remember the last time I got sick with something more than that. I also don't remember the last time I vomited, for any reason.

Last semester my boyfriend was sick for a couple months straight. He went to the doctor and got tested, turns out it's the second time in his life he's gotten mono. I share a house, a bed, a bathroom, sometimes a car with him... Also wasn't afraid to kiss him then either. I never got sick.

Don't know what it is, honestly.
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The super secret to never getting sick is to just be a hermit and never interact with other human beings in the flesh.


But really, I always plan to get a yearly vaccine and then end up forgetting or procrastinating straight through flu season.
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I don't think anything of grooming a horse, even picking feet and then eating a snack or something later in the ride with dirty hands. I've also been known to kiss all my animals.....the horse, the cats, the chickens. It's not the dirt that's dirty. It's the virus's sick people are leaving on all the surfaces.

They always warn people about washing their hands after handling live chickens, but you know what, I've been handling and kissing baby chicks since I was 5 years old and never got sick from them that I ever noticed.

I just really would rather not catch the flu from a sneezing kid at Walmart.


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I learned the hard way shortly after we moved here to use hand sanitizer. Picked up pink eye on the shopping carts and couldn't figure out why I couldn't get it gone and to stay gone. Haven't picked up pink eye from the carts since I started doing my own "bio security".



Wow, that's terrible. I've been lucky enough never to have had pink eye.


Re: the masks, I figure them to be on people who already have the flu or that they're on of the few who are semi fanatic about bio security. I wear it to keep from getting what someone else is shedding and I wear it in case I've been exposed but haven't shown symptoms yet.

Not terribly worried about the Corona virus. I suspect there's a bit of a tempest in a tea pot surrounding that one.

Regarding the corona virus, I hope you are right. I know one thing, we are lucky the mortality rate is as low as it is. It could be a lot worse. Hopefully it won't mutate into something worse. Can you imagine something that spreads like that does with a high mortality rate?


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I don't get the vaccines and don't go to any great measures to prevent getting sick. I think when I worked with the public I got exposed to about everything and built up immunities because it's rare for me to even get a cold (I'm knocking on wood too!). Now if only I could become immune to allergens.

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I have yet to find anything I'm even remotely allergic to. *double knock on wood* Guess all that exposure to hay and dust and animals growing up made my body completely oblivious to them.
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