I caught the flu two weekends ago. I survived the flu without getting a flu shot. After taking an extra week to fully recover from the aches, pains, fever, congestion and general malaise, I can tell you all about it.
Before I got sick I had been feeling a little tired for a few days. But raising five kids, one of whom has a severe vaccine injury, leads to exhaustion quite frequently. I figured I’d get through whatever was making me drag my feet once our schedule lightened up a bit. Just in case I was coming down with something, though, I made sure to get to bed a little bit earlier and upped some supplements known to boost the immune system.
Before I go into more of the details, let me back up a bit. Not long before I started to feel sluggish I saw another big stink being made about getting the flu shot. Citing the CDC’s over-used scare tactic of “36,000 flu deaths per year” statistic, even though “…[the] CDC does not know exactly how many people die from seasonal flu each year…”, people like me, who hadn’t yet gotten a flu shot, were being told they had just about two more weeks to get one for it to be effective. With how advertising for this particular shot if hyped from September through May, I wasn’t aware that there was an expiration date of sorts for its effectiveness (not that I was going to run out and get “the damn vaccine” mind you).
Ironically, the day I got sick was when the media warmed those two weeks were up. No matter. I was ready.
I would take the flu standing up.
Feeling like a Mack truck ran me over, I had no time to prepare my husband for what lay ahead. With how much I ached, it looked like he’d be running the entire household solo for the next few days. He and my five kids depend on me to make the meals, to keep up with the laundry, to clean up at the end of the day while getting ready for the next one. Of course they’d manage without me, but this is what I wanted to do knowing I’d be completely useless to my family for at least the next few days:
After sneezing about 200 more times, and before I crawled under the covers in the fetal position, this is what I mustered the energy to do before I took hiatus from my duties:
I added a little bit of this:
And a little bit of that:
While hoping for a whole lot of this:
Then, I retreated to my bed.
I slept on and off for the next 48 hours waking up groggy, cranky and with annoying aches, pains and congestion. I will not lie.
It. Was. Awful.
My kids and my husband, being the kind souls that they are, did a great job of letting me rest all weekend.
Fortunately, we didn’t have any of this madness going on:
Nope. Props to hubby.
He took the kids out for lunch and to the library. He improvised and made gluten-free Belgian waffles for dinner so I could rest in peace and quiet.
Over the next few days, slowly, I started to look human. I started to feel human again too. Bonus.
With the sickness behind me, I was grateful to be able to function again. My husband was happy. My kids were happy. Things were looking up. They all let me know how grateful they were.
We were in the clear. Until someone else sneezed. And sneezed. And sneezed. And sneezed.
While I was on the mend, two of my kids came down with the sniffles, the sneezing and felt the aches and the pains. They longed for naps and for some quiet. Thankfully, they didn’t get nearly as sick as I did.
In a few days the kids got over their illness. Knock on wood, no one else in the family got sick.
We did it. We survived. I’m sure that isn’t what the media wants to hear. The CDC, all manner of doctors, medical providers and corner store pharmacists are more than ready to pump toxic gunk into us via the “the dreaded flu shot” (which is what one of the nurses at my doctor’s office calls it).
They say that we’re in for a long haul still. They’re still advertising and selling flu shots in full force. They’re trying to win people over with shopping incentives, discounts and store credit in the process. I have to ask, if the flu shot was a guarantee, as society is being lead to believe, why do stores and companies bribe consumers to get it? Gift cards and shopping passes. 20% off here. $15 toward purchases there. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
It isn’t headline news, but with how much the flu shot is pushed, you’d think surviving the flu sans the shot would be.
I’m grateful we got through with relative ease. I understand some people aren’t so fortunate.
Now that I’m over it, and as my family and I get back on track boosting our immune systems naturally with some vitamins, supplements and essential oils, I believe we’ll be able to get through the rest of the flu (and flu-shot) season unscathed.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.