“I’m Sick” came the text just a few days ago…and I immediately sprung into texting action.
“How Sick?” I asked followed by a great number of questions about his cough, sore throat, heavy chest and headache.
He felt miserable.
I did too.
The thing is, my son has never been away from me when he’s been sick…and now that he’s at university in a different province, I’m at a complete loss as to how to help him AND I’M KICKING MYSELF for not being better prepared. Why on earth didn’t I put together a basket of things he might need when/if the time came that he got sick while living away?
“I’ll be fine Mom,” he unconvincingly told me as I did a quick look online for flights to Newfoundland and conceded to him saying he’d make a run to the drug store.
This Christmas, I’ll be stuffing his stocking with everything he needs for next time!
What’s in your Medicine Cabinet?
Are you ready when the time comes? When was the last time you took a good look in your medicine cabinet?
Research shows that more than half of all Canadian households do not regularly check the expiry dates of medications, and if they do, they only do it right before taking the product. Since we’re heading into flu season and it hits with very little notice, it’s important to be prepared because no one wants to run out to the drug store in the middle of the night!
Here are a few things to stock up on so you are ready day or night
- Pain reliever for adults and children: To help with fever, aches and pains caused by the flu.
- Electrolyte Maintenance Powder: Prevents dehydration and you can freeze them into popsicles that are tasty enough that young ones will eat then when they are sick.
- Antibacterial wipes: To wipe down common surfaces like light switches, door handles and remote controls.
- Throat lozenges: To help soothe a sore throat.
- Vaporizer: To ease congestion since cough suppressants and decongestants are no longer recommended for children.
If you have any questions…you can always talk to your local pharmacist to help you choose the right products for you and your family. And above all, remember you can help avoid flu this season by going to your local Shoppers Drug Mart to get vaccinated!
This week, I really and truly wasn’t happy to get the “I’m Sick” message from my son while he’s away from home. We had a quick chat and he PROMISED he’d head to Shoppers to talk to the pharmacist to make sure he had everything he needed to get himself back to feeling healthy again soon.
A little more sleep, a little less partying and a few days of taking care of himself should do the trick.
But I sure wish I was there!
Be sure to join the upcoming #ShoppersFluShot Twitter party on Thursday, Nov 17th at 1:00pm ET to win flu prevention prizes and learn more about the Flu shot.
To help stock your cabinet, one lucky Canadian reader at Curtains are Open will win a prize pack from Shopper’s Drug Mart (Value: $150). Fill in the information below to be entered into the draw!
Prize Pack Items:
- Life Brand Hand Sanitizer
- Cough Drops
- Vaporizing Cold Rub
- Electrolyte Maintenance Powder
- Disinfectant Wipes
- PC Chicken noodle soup
- PC Facial tissues
- PC Feeling Soothed Tea
- $100 gift card
Disclosure: I am compensated for my part in the #SDMFluFighters program, all opinions are my own.