I’m sharing how to prevent the flu this cold and flu season featuring Zep as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars

If anyone is going to catch a cold, come down with the flu, or end up in hospital with a respiratory illness it will be Marisol and I. The teeniest little sniffle and the two of us hunker down, disinfect everything and lock everyone in their rooms until they feel better again … okay, maybe I don't really 'lock' the doors per se, but there are IOU's for kisses goodnight, holding of one's breath during hugs and games of hide and go seek where people may or may not be left hiding for long periods of time. 

This was me a few weeks ago. I can't even remember now which kid gave me a head thingy, all I know is I felt like death for a few days.

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And those dogs in the background didn't help one bit. I'm all, I've got a headache, feel yucky and want to sleep and they're all like, but the gardener is here, and something moved, and a dog 10 blocks away barked, and a neighbor came home, and stuff happened … bark, bark, bark, bark, BARK.

With four asthmatics in the house we can't take any chances with getting colds, especially with Marisol. One thing that I insist on is everyone getting their flu shot every year. That little girl has a strict asthma control plan, medication gets checked and adjusted regularly and I know every tiny little sign and symptom to look for. The first sign of a runny nose and I'm checking for dark circles under her eyes, flaring nostrils, retractions in her chest and belly breathing. I should probably draw the line at lifting her shirt every 30 seconds to check for these things though, as she constantly shoves it back down and tells me to leave her the heck alone, but there have been too many instances of her oxygen levels dropping dramatically over a short period of time and her requiring hospitalization for me to take the slightest risk with her health.

I've had asthma since I was little, but for the most part I have it under control … unless you talk to my mother who did yell at me on the phone today all the way from Australia because she could hear that my breathing was labored and demanded I take my medication while I was on the phone to her and then demanded that I tell my boyfriend (so she could hear) how often I should be taking it so that he could stay on top of it. I'm 42 mum. I've got this. Okay, clearly I don't. In my defense though, yes I have a little asthma right now and maybe a touch of a cold, but most of this is due to the fact that I had a parathyroidectomy (3 parathyroid glands yanked out because they had cysts in them) last week and I still have a lot of swelling in my throat and my body is feeling rather run down. In related news I have this deep, sexy, husky voice right now … if you ask me that's what I'll tell you at least. If you ask my man, he may tell you it's something more like Revenge of the Nerds. He may have even proceeded to show me YouTube videos of nerd laughter just so I could hear how I actually sound this afternoon. I didn't find that amusing at all. I think this may require me eating an entire plate of bacon right in front of him and feeding him nothing but vegetables for a week. He plans on requesting that the surgeon put my glands back in on Thursday at my next appointment.

Anywho, back to the topic at hand.

Here are some fantastic tips from Zep for finishing out the winter in good health and keeping you and your family protected from the cold and flu.

Zep Cold and Flu Infographic

The CDC recommends** EPA registered, hospital grade disinfectants, with a label claim for
any of several non-enveloped viruses (e.g. norovirus, polio virus, rhinovirus). The disinfectant
should be used following the manufacturer's instructions on the product label.


Disclosure: I’m sharing how to prevent the flu this cold and flu season featuring Zep as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars

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