Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor
I’ve lived through quite a few symptomatic adventures in my life.
When I was eight, I survived the Summer of Poison Ivy. Although it doesn’t sound serious it is if it covers your entire body and causes you to lay naked on a rubber sheet in ninety-degree weather because your mother doesn’t want to wash icky sheets or articles of clothing. And we didn’t have air conditioning.
At twelve I discovered chicken pox. All my friends had it, too. I gave it to my brother. That fact still makes me laugh.
In 2005 my dog was infected with giardia, a common illness among dogs. The symptoms are too disgusting to mention here. I was unaware that it could be passed along to humans. I lost more weight in a week than I had during a lifetime of dieting.
In 2009 I lived through swine flu. I got it again in 2010 only this time I knew the symptoms and sent my husband out for pharmaceuticals and paper products. Fortunately, he did not catch it, but he lived through my whining and deserved a medal.
There was an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in 2012. I had it as a kid and knew how it felt, so I stayed away from children and adults that had young children. I developed bronchial pneumonia instead. Between my dogs barking and me coughing my house sounded like an angry flock of geese.
In 2016 I had salmonella. The difference between giardia and salmonella is a lot like the difference between an exploding cigar and a firecracker.
I face the newest pandemic with a good deal of concern. However, I’m hoping that a dose of common sense and a whole lot of luck will keep me healthy. My homemade hand sanitizer is in my purse and I don’t get close to folks with sniffles so I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to face whatever comes my way.
The symptoms of this virus include a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. If you are experiencing any of these, please stay at home. Call your doctor—he may recommend a prescription medication but please, have it delivered or send someone to pick it up.
Let’s be smart about this.