I have never had a flu shot in all of my 52 years, but this year I am contemplating getting one for many reasons.
One, I work in the public field, around coffee and food, every day. I am sure no one wants their server coughing and hacking all over their coffee and food! Second, my parents are older, and I certainly don’t want to get sick and have them get sick because of me.
I am not someone who gets sick very often, but if I can do something to hopefully prevent that from happening, then I will. In my awesome home country of Canada, flu shots are free. Are they free in your country? How much are they if you have to pay? Do you get the flu shot?
Since being in China, I have had numerous colds, walking pneumonia and recently another chest cough. Between the dirty hands and nobody covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, I am more surprised that I haven’t been sicker!
In the earlier winter, I made the smart choice of taking a multi-vitamin every morning. I know that this helped me stay relatively healthy.
Then pneumonia hit me in April. Thankfully the school has a very good doctor who got me on the right meds and I felt better after a week or so.
Last week, another chest cough started. I think it was partially allergies and partially a cold. In any event, I headed to my friendly pharmacy in search of cough medicine. And I have discovered a whole new world of medical treatment!
The pharmacist/nurse gave me Chuanbei qingfei tangjiang – a natural remedy for dry coughs and chest problems. I have to say that, while it is sweeter than I expected, it has almost gotten rid of the cough! I have a couple more doses but I am so impressed with it!!
Combined with me making ginger “tea” (get ginger root, peel and chop up pieces into water, boil for 20 minutes then let steep ~ and drink hot) and drinking hot water with honey before bed ~ I can’t believe how much better I feel!! And the ginger tea has done wonders for my IBS issues too!!
I have turned over a new Chinese leaf ~ as much as I can, natural methods are the way I am going now.