An interesting phenomenon has been occurring for me throughout the Covid-19 crisis — as the pandemic causes me to try different things, change old habits, rethink things, etc. I’m finding many reasons for gratitude. Haven’t decided if this will be weekly or randomly, but have decided to launch a Covid Gratitude series.
This one actually started before we knew there was a crisis, when my mother fell and broke her hip. Because I knew hospitals are a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria, I took her a bottle of Aireborne chewables to take one daily and I started drinking daily (and then eventually every other day) glasses of the fizzy version.
We’d been bucking up for two months by the time the warnings started coming, just about the time she was coming home from skilled nursing.
I’ve used the Chinese anti-viral herbal formula, Ganmaoling, for years (close to 30!) to ward off colds and flus. Long ago they used to put a preventive dose prescription in the instructions, 3 tablets, 3x/day for 3 days. So as soon as she came home I put us through the preventive regimen.
Through the advice of some friends I also started us on elderberry gummies, taken every other day. And I already have been drinking turmeric ginger tea every day for some years (and since Mom doesn’t like the tea, I make her a tincture she takes every day) — some studies have found it more effective than flu shots because of its immune boosting qualities.
So we have felt decently prepared for this crisis. The one time she had an in person doctor’s appointment after this started, we were stuck in the waiting room being sneezed and coughed on by a family of four who all had something. And amazingly neither of us came down with anything, which I attribute in part to our boosted immunity.
Feeling very grateful that not-such-happy circumstances led to us working on immunity before we knew there would be an emergency need for it! And grateful that I know a bunch of alternative health/remedy stuff to assist. I’m not saying I think this makes us totally immune, just that I feel like we’re safer than we might have been and that gives me peace of mind.