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Social Diseases — Stress & Viruses … Just say NO!

Posted in How To's & Advice,Personal,Reflections by Pam on February 14, 2011

Today, I was in numerous physicians’ offices and waiting rooms. The hacking, snorting, clearing of throats, sneezing and the cacophony of noses being blown was quite a concert. These sounds I have heard repeatedly at various events over the past few weeks. Seems to be more this year than in years past. Why is that? It is important to make clear that I am most definitely not a physician. I turn to the physicians that we work with for their expertise, on a daily basis. But I do have a few observations that we thought to pass on to people.

  • If you are sick, please stay home and take care of yourself. I promise you, the party will go on without you. There will be a lot of people at the event that you were planning to attend be very grateful to you. How many of us have been at an event recently and been greeted by someone who gives us a hug and a kiss (with good intentions) and then, while wiping their runny nose on a dirty, wadded up Kleenex, launch in to an account of how sick they have been recently?
  • Is there some type of contest going on somewhere in the area that will award a prize to the person who participates in the most events? And then to take it even further, complain the most about how busy they are? As far as I know, there is no charity patrol that twists arms causing someone to say YES to each and every party, fundraiser, open house and social function. While searching for some volunteers last month, I was thrilled to hear someone say to me “I am sorry but the answer is NO. I just can’t take anything else on.” Bravo!
  • I kid you not when I say in the past month, we have received four different requests for a therapist because the person “cannot handle the stress of having so many things going on in their lives.” And I do not mean major and truly significant things. I mean being over-involved in social activities.
  • When I meet with newcomers to the area, we, of course, discuss healthcare. But the conversation eventually leads to things to become involved with in the area. And isn’t it great that there is such a variety? But the advice I usually give is to choose one or two that interest you, that you are passionate about and ease your way into them. If you join in too many from the start, you will begin to hear a sucking sound. That is the vortex that causes burn out way too soon!
  • This social frenzy seriously wears down the immune system. People get sick. They go out socially, pass it around to others who’s immune systems are down and the cycle continues.
  • Be very careful when taking a medication recommended by the friend of your friend’s co-worker. We have seen way too many drug reactions and “backfires” lately. All because “so and so” said it sure worked for her!
  • A lot of what is going around (cold symptoms) is viral. It must just run its course and only the symptoms can be treated. If you have a fever for more than 48 hours, then it is time to seek medical assistance.
  • It is not too late to receive a flu vaccine (this is a personal choice of course). We have an overstock!
  • Siestas are truly wonderful things!

Some of the above is “tongue in cheek”. Some is not. IMHO, embrace the craziness of the high season and the flurry of activities. But proceed with a healthy caution. Take a rest now and then. Take a time out. Block out a day and stay in your jammies all day and read a book or watch movies. Or my favorite as my grandmother used to say:

“Sometimes I sit and think. Sometimes I just sit.”

And we really are here should you need a physician, for reasons large or small.



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  1. John Coake said,

    So true Pamela. it’s surprising how many people come here, get sick and are afraid to go to a doctor in Mexico. We have found that the doctors here very professional and the care they provide in many cases far superior to what we recieve in the US. We strongly urge people that are ill to go to a doctor here or if they don’t know of one to contact you for a referral. Years ago you referred us to our doctor and we would love to have her back in the states.

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