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Thread poster: Alison Sparks
Alison Sparks  Identity Verified
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Jan 3, 2013

For the last ten years I seem to have been 'jinxed' over the Christmas/New Year Period, and am beginning to wonder if I'm the only one!

On the first occasion the novovirus struck with deadly accuracy and at midnight on 31st December I was huddled in the toilets of a very nice restaurant, where I had been unable to eat anything at all, not even the consommé soup the concerned owner had made especially. A miserable night and two days and nights followed.

Since then, either Christmas or New Year has seen me bedridden with bronchitis, flu or novovirus, and I've long since given up on booking and pre-paying a nice night out.

This year I was determined that no such thing would happen again. I did all my shopping for the two week holiday, well before Christmas. Avoided giving anyone "bisous", adopted elaborate hand washing rituals after shopping, or hand shaking, etc. This I thought, along with routine hand washing before making meals, after going to the loo and so on, should protect me. Like h*** it did!

I went nowhere at all between Christmas and New Year and saw only one person, the 'pompier' who came to call with the calendar, and no hand shaking occurred! Two days later the dreaded novovirus struck. Fortunately it was a relatively mild attack. None of the family who spent Christmas Eve and Day here had it.

Although feeling rather weak and wobbly, by Saturday I was feeling better and hoping the family get together for the Reveillon would go well. I woke up on Sunday with a streaming cold, coughing horrendously, and alternatively too hot or too cold. Needless to say I wasn't on top form for midnight on the 31st, although this time was not confined to bed.

Does anyone know how to get rid of the jinx? I've tried all the usual things of vitamins, eating properly and regularly, airing the house, getting plenty of fresh air myself, and generally being as fit as possible but nothing seems to work. PLEASE help. Or do I just cancel all festive activities, emigrate or what?


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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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It's definitely not a jinx! Jan 3, 2013

Do you live in a crowded/overpopulated/humid/polluted area?

I used to get sick all the time when I lived in my hometown, Bari, Southern Italy, and also when I lived in Germany, Frankfurt, but as soon as I relocated to Las Vegas, NV, USA, I haven't caught a bug yet in 6 years!
So I suggest you spend at least your end-of-the-year vacations in Las Vegas!


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texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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The Italian Remedy Jan 3, 2013

This is not exactly a medical advice, but some believe it might work...




http://www.lexiophiles.com/english/it-is-not-true-but-i-believe-it


Best,


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Alison Sparks  Identity Verified
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@Giuseppina Jan 3, 2013

I live five kilometres from the centre of a tiny village, with nearest neighbours 500 metres away. It's fairly humid, but that doesn't usually bother me!

@texjax Interesting idea, maybe I could hang up some 'piment d'Espelette' which look rather similar. Might try it next year. We've always done the traditional holly wreath on the door and mistletoe in the entrance, and that doesn't seem to work either!


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Catherine Bolton  Identity Verified
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It could also be ... Jan 3, 2013

that you've been working to the max all year and when you finally wind down at Christmas you are more open to viruses. It happens a lot. When you finally relax after months of tension, that's when you get sick.
FWIW
Catherine


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Alison Sparks  Identity Verified
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@Catherine Jan 3, 2013

I wish I had been working to the max all year, but not this one. However, come to think of it, this year has been rather more stressful than most, what with starting out in the freelance world, and various family complications. Maybe that's the reason? Perhaps I need a good "course" on how not to get stressed?
Ten years on the trot seems a bit unfair though, but then my father always used to say life wasn't fair!


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Texte Style
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add some onions and garlic Jan 3, 2013

I would suggest adding some onions and garlic.

A kind friend posted this:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=270299349748718&set=pb.100003059653636.-2207520000.1357237917&type=3&theater

to explain about onions, and I think that garlic can have somewhat the same effect. They do also keep vampires away, to add a touch of gruesome fantasy to your bundle.

I never seem to get sick much (touch wood) but if I had missed ten NY parties on the trot I would definitely follow that advice!


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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
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Maybe Jan 3, 2013

the holly wreath and the mistle toe are the problem

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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I am not a doctor Jan 4, 2013

Alison Sparks wrote:
I live five kilometres from the centre of a tiny village, with nearest neighbours 500 metres away. It's fairly humid, but that doesn't usually bother me!

I am not a doctor, so this is just a long, uninformed shot. The first that comes to my mind is that the distance from bigger populations during the year keeps your immune system less active. Probably during Christmas one is more prone to mix in with the crowds of bigger towns or cities and therefore the risk of contracting diseases is higher if your body is not used to fighting other little attacks during the year. If this is the case, the only solution I see is to mix with the crowd more often.


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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And now for something completely different... Jan 4, 2013

Perhaps it is because you fear being sick at this time of year, in other words, almost expect to be ill at this time of year. Try focusing (mentally) on health, think thoughts of being extremely vital and healthy ALL year, not just the holiday season. Stronger than just thinking thoughts, decide not to get sick.

A few years ago I had an experience that led me to realize I was tired of being sick, did not want to be at the mercy of doctors and hospitals ever again, and just was not going to be sick anymore. Amazingly enough, I've had no colds or flus (oh dear, what an odd looking word), or anything else... and have been amazingly healthy since then.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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What I observed Jan 4, 2013

As soon as peak season / huge projects / holiday seasons are over, I fall sick. Because I allow myself to do so. If my adrenaline level drops, so does my immune system. By the end of January I have to see a doctor for my chronic ear infection. I also want to sleep 18 hours a day. They give me some medication from hell, I need to sleep for another two weeks, then I am good again for the rest of the year.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Good health Jan 4, 2013

Nicole Schnell wrote:
As soon as peak season / huge projects / holiday seasons are over, I fall sick. Because I allow myself to do so. If my adrenaline level drops, so does my immune system.

This is what we in Spain call "self-employed's health", i.e. you remain really healthy as long as you simply do not have the time to become ill. As soon as you have a calmer couple of days... you get something.

Given that Spain has a high level of self-employment and very many SMEs, health is generally quite good.


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Alison Sparks  Identity Verified
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Hi All Jan 4, 2013

Thanks for all the suggestions.
@Texte Style, I knew that you shouldn't use onions which had been cut and then stored, but now I know why. I thought it was eating onions and garlic which kept bugs away. I'll definitely try that for next year.

@Tomas. I mix with the same people on a regular basis and the problem started even when I was still going out to work.

@Susan, I'll try again with the 'positive thinking' approach.

@Nicole, when I was teaching it was always the same at the end of a hectic term, I'd fall ill for the holidays, but never afterwards! I was always fit to go back to work for the new term.

In fact I think I'll try to arrange to hibernate and skip the whole winter thing, since I hate the cold, shorter days, and grey skies.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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OK! Jan 4, 2013

Alison Sparks wrote:
@Tomas. I mix with the same people on a regular basis and the problem started even when I was still going out to work.

I see! So mine was indeed a long, missed shot. Take care!


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Get an injection Jan 5, 2013

There are vaccinations against seasonal strains of influenza. In Finland you can buy your shot at the pharmacy and let your nurse inject it. But in your country perhaps you need a prescription. Do this in November already.
Vitamin C, garlic etc. do not help at all. Rather take a stroll daily or other exercise to keep you fit.


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