One more piece of advice from Mom
Friday, March 15, 2013
When she told me or any other family member to “cover your cough,” she really meant it.
I’m more aware of this right now since I’m finally recovered from the respiratory illness that really messed up my last 2 weeks.
When Mom fell and had to spend 3 months in a rehabilitation facility, she always ate her meals in her room. Her reason was that the other residents and even staff were always coughing in the dining room. Some just spewed their germs into the air and onto the food, but Mom also objected to the common practice of covering your mouth with your hand.
“So then what do you do with that hand?” she would ask.
You shake hands with someone else.
You talk on the phone.
You handle food, medicine containers, books, magazines or the equipment in the gym.
Mom’s solution was to keep your germs to yourself. Then wash them away in the laundry.
I’m finally going back to the gym this morning for my aerobics/weights class. I haven’t coughed in days, but if I should cough or sneeze, I’ll follow Mom’s advice. Maybe it will catch on. It certainly can’t hurt.