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Stay Away From Sick Loved Ones If They Have a Cold

Speak Up: How Do You Handle Sick Loved Ones?

Last week I was miserable with a cold — runny nose, zero energy, aches and pains, and horrible congestion. Basically, I was a wreck. Given that the mister was sick the week prior, it's pretty likely he was the giver of my nasty present.

When my loved ones are sick, I usually do my best to take care of them. My mama bear instincts come out, and I totally forget that I'm putting myself in the line of fire. I cook big batches of spicy soups, make sure they have an arsenal of meds at their bedside, and keep them company since they're stuck at home.

A colleague of mine said that the minute anyone in her house gets sick, she wipes down every doorknob and light switch and sticks to limited contact. A friend of mine takes it up a notch and won't even see her boyfriend if he's sick. Everyone else seems to load up on zinc and echinacea in order to protect themselves. Based on these stories, I am now rethinking how I handle sick friends and family. For the record, these two women are remarkably always OK and seem to escape the cold and flu when it's going around. Yet, I always succumb to it even though I keep a very healthy and active lifestyle.


I'm wondering what all of you do when someone close to you gets sick — do you get into nurture mode, practice careful restraint, or banish them to an island?


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georgie2 georgie2 7 years
You know... I don't really get sick, and now that I think about it, my family doesn't get sick very often either. I guess I just go about my daily life, respond if they ask for something and deliver what they ask for. Maybe pop my head in if I am going out to see if they need anything first, but I don't go out of my way to do anything differently.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
you can't avoid your loved ones just because they're sick. people that do that (unless they have some kind of serious disease that might get worse from contracting a virus or bacterial infection) are simply selfish and need to work on themselves. i take care of my BF and my family members and if i contract their sniffles then there's nothing I can do about it. Usually if I exercise and eat healthy I don't get sick anyway. Taking care of someone you love while they're sick is one of those things that shows how much you care for them and proves love.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I jump right in and don't care if I end up sick. My partner however won't come near me if I've even got a sniffle.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I turn into a total "mama bear", too! Since it's usually my husband who's the one that I'm taking care of, I give him back rubs, make him hot soup, give him comfy clothes to wear, make sure he's taking his meds and any OTC stuff he needs, and I'll run to the store to pick up Sprite or Gatorade or anything he needs while he's sick. I'm not super germophobic, actually...I do change the sheets every other night and toss the toothbrushes, but that's about the extent of it. I work around germs all the time and I don't get sick. You just have to WASH. YOUR. HANDS. A lot. And then you will stay healthy and able to take care of your sick family.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
Kill them. Kidding!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
With loved ones, I'm a natural caretaker.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
With me I will always be there for my boyfriend, but if it's someone other than him I won't get caught next to them. I HATE being sick!! =(
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
If it's my boyfriend I take care of him. If it's someone I don't live with, I avoid them like crazy. Sorry, but unless you need a ride to the hospital or something, in which case I'm there, I'm staying away.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 7 years
Nurture Mode! I will risk getting sick to make sure my loved ones are comfortable and well taken care of.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I wipe everything down in the house. Offer to pick up medications, cook chicken soup and bake anything that might help them feel better. The only time I stayed away from a friend in need was when she had swine flu.
apettit apettit 7 years
I definitely turn my mama bear instincts on. When my boyfriend came down with the swine he camped out on my sofa bed for a week. I cooked him every meal - even when he wasn't hungry, waited at the clinic for 2 and a half hours, dealt with him being pathetic, made pots and pots of tea, and loaded up him with vitamins and fluids. I believe I was actually the one to get him sick but I had a mild flu and his turned into something much worse.
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