But maybe I can regain a little if I tell you that for the past 20 years or so, it has been rare that I am sick more than once a year. So see - that's really a pretty good record I think.
For several weeks, Frank has had a terrible cough (violent at times) but felt fine overall. (Except during painful coughing fits.) This with congestion more of the throat area, than deep in the chest, is something that is going around in are area. People call it the "creeping crude." Entire families we know have been repeated wiped out from it. Symptoms also can include sore throat, swollen glands, and discomfort in the ears.
I consider sick people "walking germ machines" though Frank frequently reminds me I have no idea if they are or were contagious. OK that is true. But I still think it. So as the days over the Christmas break passed, and the kids and I stayed healthy, I thought "wow - what a great job I am doing in keeping everyone healthy."
But then I guess God thought I needed some humbling.
First Hunter succumbed to The Cough.
|Even when sick, Hunter loves to create what he calls "hook ups"|
|Tabby the day before she got sick. I just think this is a cute picture!|
However, there is one little warrior in the family who is still going strong!
|Solomon loves building/stacking anything he can find|
Or you can take a different route and give everyone elderberry syrup. This is even safe for babies. You can buy it or easily make your own. (Making my own has been on my "to do" list for awhile. For an easy recipe, check out my friend's C's post about it over at The Haven Enterprises. C also talks about how to make a healing ointment called GOOT.)
Back before the current man made antibiotics, collodial silver was a natural antibiotic that was used. I am currently taking the maximum number of doses of collodial silver right now.
The above weapons are what I pull out as soon as anyone starts coming down with something. (It's usually respiratory illness in our family.) We also take daily supplements. I've adapted supplements to what each person needs, so we have some variety between each of us. However every day, we each take a good multivitamin (Beeyoutiful has them for men, women, and children), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and cod liver oil. (The boys and I take Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil and Tabby & Frank take Beeyoutiful's cod liver oil capsule. See both here.)
Finally, one HUGE step you can take to get everyone's immune systems operating at peak again is to STOP EATING SUGAR. Eating anything with sugar in it drastically suppresses your body's immune system by 75%, for at least 4-6 hours. (Info. on this is widely available online. Here is a link to one very good article.) I really believe the sugar thing is what finally did the kids and I in. Usually when one person is sick, we hold off on desserts for everyone. (Our daily meals are healthy with low, if any, sugar.) But how could I do this at Christmas time? We recklessly ate our yummy treats, didn't get as much sleep as usual, and didn't follow routine. The result was our bodies were completely run down.
Note: If you have a child with a fragile immune system, like our Lilly did, you may find some more helpful tips in my "immune boosting" post. Actually anyone may find those tips helpful.
I'll leave you now with a funny picture. Solomon think's Hunter's "hook ups" are great fun for climbing on and touching. Hunter does NOT think that anyone messing with his work is fun at all.
"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul." - 3 John 1:2