Time for the flu shot

Today my company hosted a flu shot clinic.

For all eight years it has been offered to me I have taken advantage of the convenience and the free shot. I absolutely hate shots and needles.

But I like my health more than I hate needles. So my wienie self sucks it up.

Other jobs have offered the free flu vaccine as well and I have always taken advantage of it.

There are some people who don’t want to get the shot or won’t. I respect that.

But what I ask my friends and loved ones and even those I don’t know or have never even met who refuse the shot, when you are sick, please stay home and don’t bring your germs to work (or anywhere else where you can avoid spreading your cooties).

I realize the flu shot doesn’t cover all strains.

And it doesn’t help prevent the common cold, which for some reason many people I have encountered believe this misconception.

The Mayo Clinic posts some facts I want to share with you:

Healthy effects of music

Don’t stop believin’ … music can make you happy.

I keep hearing this Kaiser Permanente commercial on the radio, which talks about how music makes us happy.

And it does. A song can come on and totally change my mood. I can be driving to work early on a Monday morning tired and kinda bleh and then all of a sudden a fun and good beat comes on and I am rockin’ out. There are the few songs that I hear that make me sad or really reflect about something in my life. But for the most part, most songs put me in a good mood or keep me in a good mood.

And since I am on the this mini research kick I thought I would see what I could find online from some experts. (This is what happens when I am stuck at home recuperating from my mini cold.)

According to WebMD, if you make music, that can help you reduce stress. Apparently casual music-making can short-circuit the stress response.

According to eMedExpert, music can have positive effects on pain management. The article also states that music is one of the few activities that involves using … Continue reading

Should you drink alcohol when you are sick?

This whole week I have had a mild cold. I have tried to be careful to take care of myself. I have gone to work every day as I didn’t feel I was sick enough to stay home. I have gone to work every day and then every evening I have come home and lounged and watch TV/movies before I had to go to bed. Just taking it easy.

I think yesterday was the worst day of my cold. I feel better today. I am still tired and congested. But I am on my way to better health.

Regina, friend and co-worker, brought up my post from yesterday. So somehow it got me thinking about today’s topic: Should you drink alcohol when you are sick? (I am having a much harder time finding legit answers.)

From familydoctor.org: Ways to Treat Your Cold and Flu Symptoms: No. 5 Avoid Alcohol

On About.com: Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever: Do not drink alcohol. It will dehydrate you and interact with many over-the-counter medications.

Since I am having problems finding legit answers to my question, I rephrased on Google: Does alcohol kill germs when sick? From this article on associated content … Continue reading