Monday, January 16, 2012
Don't Worry It's just a cold
For the last two days, I have been with my daughter who was admitted to the hospital with what started out as "just a cold." She is immune suppressed. She developed pneumonia. She has been and still is very, very sick. It was just a cold.
Granted, she could have picked it up anywhere because it was "just a cold." The person who sneezed then didn't wash their hands or who didn't sneeze into their arms or a kleenex, thought it was "just a cold." They went to work, or they sent their child to school because it was "just a cold."
When you are immune suppressed, "just a cold" can become very dangerous. My daughter is lucky. She is getting better, but because she caught "just a cold," she lost days of work, which she didn't need to loose. She has more medical and hospital bills because she caught "just a cold." She feels terrible because it was "just a cold" that someone somewhere gave her.
I am upset about this. "Just a cold" can be very dangerous. So, please, please, if you catch "just a cold," stay home so that you don't spread your germs. If you must go out, please wash your hands before you touch anything. Above all, and I can't believe how many times I see this, PLEASE COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE! It's just a cold, " tell that to the immune suppressed person who is sick in the hospital. Remember, it's just a cold.