I made it through the winter of 2011-2012 without getting sick. It was kind of a miracle, since I work in retail, but also not really surprising because I normally get eight hours of sleep and have a pretty good immune system (built up from ten years of working with children!) Last week, Naoto went to Connecticut on business and came home sick (from the germ-filled airplane, of course). I tried so hard to keep myself safe from the germs–washing my hands frequently, sleeping with my face far, far away from his germ-y snoring, not allowing him in the kitchen… But then, on Sunday night, there was a slip–I accidentally drank out of his glass. I knew.
On Monday afternoon, my throat felt scratchy and by Monday night I was feeling miserable. Most of Tuesday was spent in bed, trying to sleep it off.
Naoto is feeling terrible about bringing the germs home…not that he could help it, really. When we flew home from Japan last winter, he got mega-sick in spite of wearing a “hygiene” mask. (I didn’t wear one, and I was fine.) I have told him that the next time he flies, he shall be quarantined for at least three days to ensure the health and well-being of the rest of the family (me). I think it’s only fair…
In the meantime, I will pampering my nose with lotion tissues, taking Advil Cold & Sinus (like it’s candy!) and enjoying Elvis mugs of Japanese tea.