By MewElla Latest Reply 2012-01-22 08:21:56 -0600
Started 2011-01-28 11:26:27 -0600

Trying to stay away from colds/flu this winter…These are the things I am really watching for myself: Keep BG #'s in good spot -Sleep-Diet-Exercise and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Any other suggestions??

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dwoodyr 2012-01-22 08:21:56 -0600 Report

i had the flu twice in 1980's and felt like i was dying i dont want to get it as a diabetic or will be one of the 200,000 in the hospital with complications or one of the 35,000 plus who die each year i swear by the shots

Michael_1960 2012-01-21 15:48:40 -0600 Report

I have never had a flu shot since I got out of the military, that was way back in 1982. I don't get sick very often because when I was real little I had bronchiatis, and my body has kinda gotten immune to the colds and flus, but I do eat my share of vegetables, and I take a vitamin daily, and drink juices, and I definitely get plenty exercise, and bundle up good when I go outside.

Seronac 2012-01-21 13:38:27 -0600 Report

In addition to hand-washing and general cleanliness, I try to eat right and get plenty of rest, but with two jobs and school, it can be hard, so, I take a multivitamin and a C supplement. I also use a neti pot at least once every day. I find I don't get sick as often as I used to, but when I do, it's not as severe, and I recover more quickly. Whenever I do get sick, I use the neti pot as often as I need to, and try to get more rest. I agree with "grannieshopie", we shouldn't over-sanitize, but should allow our bodies to do their natural work against germs, but, at the same time, we should be responsible and give them some help.

dwoodyr 2012-01-21 08:11:51 -0600 Report

i teach school so i have germ x and kleenex across the room from me so kids arent near me with their germs. also i have kids pass out and pick up all papers so i have to touch them as little as possible. i also make kids blow their noses and dispose of kleenex and wash their hands immediately following. i get a flu shot religiously having had the flu twice before i became a diabetic and i get my rest and try to eat better, i am bad on exercise but hoping to change that this year hope these help someone

granniesophie 2011-01-29 06:37:34 -0600 Report

Got the flu shot, got really sick from the flu shot-last flu shot in my lifetime!! Don't care what my Dr says-he doesn't get really sick every year from the flu shot!!
Just got over the flu, after just getting over a cold! So much for the flu shot!
Way too much time off work getting sick from stuff I took prevention for!
I truly believe that we have over-sanitized ourselves to the point that the germs have won! I do not see the need to touch door handles with a paper towel, I just wash my hands after I go, and before I prepare food and eat food. I don't wash my hand a kigillion times a day, nor do I sanitize my spaces overly much. If I do something dirty, I wash.
I think, and its just my opinion, and I in no way am mocking anyone elses, that a normal amount of being clean is a good thing and I am not going to worry about where something else has been all the time. You can't avoid getting sick if you are around people, and if we lead normal lives, we are around people. Sanitizing so much is whats leading to the super-germs and super-bugs. They are not afraid of us-we are terriified of them!
I was raised, and raised my kids, to think that "you have to eat a pound of dirt in your lifetime" maybe not literally, but I really think we all worry too much about germs and sickness.
Again, this is my opinion, and I am not foisting it on anyone else :)

re1ndeer 2011-01-28 14:28:06 -0600 Report

I had the flu earlier this year. I had the flu shot, did all the other things too. To me the best advice I got was get enough rest and if you can (i can't take OTC) take diabetes cold items. And to have hot tea with lemon, and lots of chicken soup.

MewElla 2011-01-28 16:07:39 -0600 Report

Hot tea with lemon is another good thing along with lots of rest and chicken soup.Thanks, and stay warm..

CaliKo 2011-01-28 12:12:23 -0600 Report

I get a flu vaccine every year. And, its recommended that diabetics get pneumonia vaccines, too. My doctor had me get a whooping cough vaccine last fall, too, because they are seeing more and more cases. Other than that, washing your hands often is a good thing. I prefer soap to the dry alcohol germ killers. They dry out my hands too much. Your healthy diabetic meal plan probably already includes vitamin C. Have a great friday!

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Bunny Cakes 2011-01-28 20:31:49 -0600 Report

I use hand sanitizer all the time when I go out, the one I buy have Aloe Vera in it so it doesn't dry my hands though I've got a friend who uses antibacterial/antimicrobial moisturizing lotion that she found at bath and body works.

I also carry antibacterial wipes, especially when I go somewhere like the store where I have to touch things other people have touched. I wipe down the handles on the cart before touching them and I grab door knobs and handles with them in bathrooms.I've done this since the whole h1n1 scare. And I have made a habit of using a bit of the stuff every time I'm near it and when I come back into the house from being out.

I tend to wash my hands a million times a day. I actually counted the times I washed my hands while cooking dinner the other day, it was about ten times because I was making chicken.

I've been a habitual sanitizer user since I was young because my great aunt was a hotel maid and kept a million bottles in her house, car, purse and pockets to avoid picking up any sticky ickies she was exposed to while cleaning. She never got sick even when everyone else around her was so I adopted the habit as well.

MewElla 2011-01-28 16:09:25 -0600 Report

I laugh at myself for washing my hands so much. Between all the hand washing and testing on the fingers, poor little hands. Got to stay healthy…Thanks and enjoy your Friday evening with your family!!