Psalm 41:3 - The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
This past year’s flu season has been brutal. People are becoming ill more frequently and it lasts longer. Many end up in emergency rooms and are being admitted to the hospital due to complications from being sick.
Loss during the flu season can appear as sick days with lost wages, school days with missing classes and lost events with the ill person having to stay away from family events for fear of making others sick.
However, when you already battle an ongoing condition, such as chronic pain, the likely hood of catching the flu is more frequent than for the general population. It also will cause you to have a worse case of the flu with the aches and pains associated with the flu causing even greater pain than you already experience.
I spoke in previous posts about our immune systems and how it can be compromised by a chronic health condition. In this situation sometimes regardless if you take a flu vaccination or not, if you are exposed to the flu you are more likely to get it.
This is why it is important to care for your body during the flu season. This can include getting more sleep, taking vitamins such as vitamin C and staying away from places where you are more likely to be exposed to the flu. What are some other things you can do to prevent this illness?
Health.com provides a list of ways to prevent colds and the flu, in their article, “20 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu,” such as getting a protein fix by making sure you get protein-rich foods throughout the day, especially fish, eggs and yogurt.
Though fear of getting the flu or another illness can be strong, let’s take our eyes off the fear of becoming ill and onto depending on God to sustain us.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.