Post # 1
Hi bees… I’m entering my second cold and flu season and I have already been sick twice in 6 weeks… Both colds went to my lungs and turned into a nasty bronchitis.
Now I’m really short of breath and thinking it may actually be a pneumonia…(will go back to the doctor if no improvement with antibiotics, promise).
This is my 15th month in healthcare. I work 2-4 days per week in peds, which I’m sure is where I’m getting all these sicknesses. Anyone have any tips or tricks (aside from frequent handwashing) to avoid getting sick? I don’t care how much I wash my hands, when those (sweet, adorable) petri dishes (that I love and want to work with for the rest of my life) cough on me, there’s NOTHING I can do, lol.
Home remedies? Teas? Cough drops? Anything to treat symptoms or prevent. I’ve tried a lot but I want to see what works for other people instead of buying every type of herb and drop on the shelf and trying all the millions of kinds and wasting tons of money.
This is my 10th illness and 5th time on antibiotics in 15 months! Before getting this job (that I seriously love) I considered my immune system awesome as I worked in retail/with money and NEVER got sick.
For those that work in healthcare, how many seasons until you stopped getting everything?
Sorry to rant……thanks for listening…I think I just needed to vent…not being able to breathe on your birthday is NOT fun! >.<
Post # 3
I use an Asian cough syrup called Nin Jiom. Instead of taking it like a normal cough syrup I dissolve a couple of teaspoons of it in a mug of boiling water and drink it like a tea. Works wonders for cold symptoms.
Post # 4
I haven’t worked in healthcare, but both my mom and I spent a lot of time in doctors offices, hospitals, and nursing homes pretty much everyday for years. In the beginning we both got sick a lot.. picked up some horrible viruses that lasted over a month. We never found anything that actually worked, but over time we both stopped getting sick. One of my worst habits is touching my eyes, so I had to try really hard to stop doing that. I would usually rub my eyes and not even notice until I did it, & probably ground a million germs in there. A family friend who works in pediatrics swears by vitamin C pills though. She works in two different offices six days a week and somehow manages to not get sick too often. Sorry I couldn’t be more help! I hope you feel better!
Post # 5
I’ve been a Peds/PICU RN for over 8 years and will soon be a Peds Nurse Practitioner. It took me a couple cold/flu seasons to get used to the over abundance of kid crud. It sounds like you’re doing all the proper things, make sure you gown/mask meticulously when warranted (sometimes it can get busy and I forget when I have to rush into a room). The Neti Pot is great, I don’t do herbs or anything. Eat right, stay active, get enough sleep (easier said than done), and it will get better!
Post # 6
No advice here…because I’m in the same boat! I’ve had 2 clinical rotations in a children’s hospital this year. During the first one a few months ago, I got a NASTY case of bronchitis, ended up on steroids, getting a breathing treatment, etc.
This month I’m in the NICU and what do you know…today I’m home sick! This time it seems to just be congestion but I’ve had a fever up to 102 🙁
Grrr, love the kiddos but hate the germs!! Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 7
A teacher here. Been working in the same school for six or seven years now, but still get some of the bugs! Not so many of the little sniffles, but the flu-y type bugs. I tend to get properly ill once every two years, resulting in taking a whole week off. Apart from that I’m normally fine to work, except for the odd migraine (which I don’t catch from the kids!). I have no useful strategies for staying healthy – I am active and eat well but still catch the bugs.
Post # 8
Do you eat probiotics? I believe it helps me and my kids. Kefir is a good tasting source, or just get some to mix in liquids from the health food store. Echinachea and Goldenseal help. My husband takes extra zinc when he feels funky.
Post # 9
@cb336: I will definitely check it out, thanks!
@pecanpie: Ah, I am so glad that there is hope! Only a few more months until I’m out of cold and flu season… I cannot wait! I hear 2 seasons is the magic number…I hope they are right!
@nigerianpolack: Confession: Totally need to be better about a mask…lol. Thanks!!!
@littlebee3: I’m sorry that you are so sick! Man I hate having a fever… I got strep in June (even though I have my tonsils out!) and my fever was 103.9…I thought I was going to die!!! Seriously I thought I had meningitis and that I was going to die. LOL. Delirious much?!!? Feel better!!
@RainStorm: I would be fine with getting a whopper every two years…That would be much better than getting a whopper every 1-2 months!! lol. There’s hope!!
@jjmomma: I don’t but you know I’ve heard the same thing from a lot of people…That is one that I have yet to try!! I def will. Thanks!!
Thanks y’all for your responses!!! <3
Post # 10
Aren’t probiotics for digestion? Do they help the immune system too? Because that’d be a sweet added bonus!
Post # 11
My only suggestions are a multi vitamin with vitamin c and ziNc and like a pp said extra of both if you feel it going on. be careful of the zing it’ll make you nauseous if you take I without food. Also a mommy friend of mine told me fresh pineapple works wonders for sore throats. She was right! That little tidbit would be good for you AND all your little patients!
Post # 12
Seriously listen to this advice, it’s not fun but it works wonders.
Take several cloves of fresh garlic and crush them up as crushed as you can get them, put them in the bottom of a cup.
Pour boiling water over them.
If you can get Traditional Medicinals tea where you live (crunchy hippie stores), add a bag of their Ginger Aid.
Add a spoonful of honey (raw if you can get it.)
Let it steep for maybe an hour and then strain and drink.
It doesn’t taste good but I swear by it when I’m getting sick.
Eating more spicy food is also good. Kimchi in particular.
Post # 13
I provided therapy for kids grades K-8th at a school last year, and I was determined not to catch any bugs. Made sure not to touch my eyes, nose, or face unless my hands had been just washed.
Do you pack your lunch? I always made sure to use a cleaning wipe to clean the table I was eating at, and would wash my hands before touching my food.
I managed to pick up one fever during the year, that just resulted in extreme fatigue for 3 days.
Other than that, I just took a daily multivitamin. However, if the kiddos can directly cough and sneeze on you throughout the day, there isn’t much more you can do to boost your immune system
Post # 14
@ChuckNorris: I’ve been a pediatric nurse for 12 years now and my first year or two I got sick ALL THE TIME. I think you just have to build up an immunity to kiddie germs honestly. Working with sick kids they could not have RSV symptoms showing and cough all in your face and BAM…you get RSV and the lovely cough that comes with it(and never wants to go away it seems).
Take good care of yourself. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and rest and take multivitamins. I still get sick a few times a year and likely get RSV every year as well(occupational hazard I guess). Another thing I try to do…if I so much as hear a child sniffle…I’m putting a mask on and gloves, whether or not the doctor has ordered contact/droplet isolation on them or not.
Good luck! At least we get to work with kids everyday 🙂
Post # 15
Take a multivitamin AND probiotics! And you know this – but make sure you wash your hands like mad!! I’m a teacher and that’s the only way I’m not sick every few weeks 🙂
Post # 16
@OrigamiLove: I’ve heard they help with immunity as well!
@MsJ2theZ: Fresh pineapple! I haven’t heard of that one. Would juice work? The texture of pineapple scares me haha.
@Bebealways: That sound GNARLY but at this point I’ll try anything. LOL
@MrsEdamame: WOW, I applaud you, only getting one fever!!! You must have been washing hands like crazy!!!! LOL. Yeah I work with kids and developmentally delayed a lot… and I’m on a computer….which they find fascinating….and they come RIGHT up to me and hug me and cough DIRECTLY on me… lol.
@nursemel: I was hoping you would respond! I always see you give good advice. As confessed before, I’m definitely not as good about the mask as I should be! I’m glad that there’s hope…maybe next year will be better! =) And yes, I love working with the kiddos. It’s definitely where my heart is at!!