As flu season comes around the corner it is getting harder
and harder for us to wake up and go to class. We are drowsy. We are weak. We
are groggy. At MC we come in contact with tons of people, exposing us to tons
of germs each day. The chances of you catching a bug are pretty likely! As a
college athlete I spend most of my time with my team. If one of us gets sick,
we all start dropping like flies. This week, with in days, each member of our team
came down with something!
When people are infected usually you don’t see signs right
away. While we seem fine and healthy we may have already caught a bug and can
pass it onto other students with out knowing. I don’t say this to make you
paranoid, I just think we should be aware and make an effort to avoid getting
sick (especially this time of year!!)
Growing up when I got sick I was always told, “make sure you
rest your body and drink lots of fluids!” Sleep and a hot bowl of soup was the
perfect remedy for me. As students we don’t have much down time. Between
school, work and hobbies it’s hard to give our bodies time to heal themselves.
My team and I came up with 5 rules to try and avoid getting
SHOTS! – seems obvious, but some may find it a hassle to take the time to
go to the doctors and get shots! But I promise it will be less of a hassle than
catching the flu and not being able to make it to class for a few days.
Gloves- as the weather gets colder you want to stay warm. Wearing gloves
will also prevent you from touching lots of potentially infected surfaces. You
can even make a fashion statement out of it as well ;)
your hands- we cannot completely avoid germs they are all around us. On
average we have 50,000 bacteria per square inch. When we rub our eyes, eat a
meal, bite our nails, etc., we are at risk of taking in germs. Stay clean.
share drinks- bring your own bottle to school. Fill it up at water
Classy- Hard but important. Each person you hook up with increases your
chances of getting sick. Try limiting the hook ups.
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you still get sick.
Here are some home remedies and treatments that we learned from our moms, which
have helped us this week when we DID get sick:
If you want
to build your immune system, eat
blueberries and orange juice.
If you have a sore throat, drink hot tea with lemon and honey.
If you’re feeling nauseous, eat saltines and drink ginger ale.
If you have a stomach virus, drink club soda with salt and lime.
If you have a fever, wrap cold moist towels around your feet, hands and head/back.
I hope my teammates have given you some good ideas to stay
healthy this semester. They have certainly helped me. Good luck staying bug