Ever since becoming a parent, Mommy has developed an extreme case of cold and flu season paranoia. The common cold might as well be the Ebola virus for the precautions Mommy is taking to avoid it. But despite dousing herself in Purell, overdosing on wheat grass and oregano oil, and resorting to socially-alienating elbow maneuvers to open doors, Mommy knows it’s all in vain because your daycare is also known as the Centre for Infectious Diseases. It took less than two post-enrollment days for you to contract your first cold and a year later Mommy is still dreaming of the day she can get a snot-free family photo. Thankfully, you have thus far miraculously managed to avoid the flu. No thanks to the flu shot you didn’t get. Which, after five hours of migraine-inducing internet research, Mommy concluded was the most responsible, atrocious, intelligent, ignorant decision she’s ever made as a parent. But should the family go rogue again this year? When you’re trying to climb the corporate ladder, there’s nothing more career-limiting than missing the most important week of the fiscal year because you’re in bed with the flu. Except being the martyr who shows up anyway and contaminates the entire office with Influenza A. (Note – Mommy is obviously referring to a “friend” who did this, not herself.)
DRINK: The Flu-lixer. Boil water and add fresh grated ginger root, fresh lemon juice, a dash of cayenne pepper, and honey to taste. Make as much as required to wash down the Vitamin C and Cold FX pills you’ll be popping like Tic Tacs until March.