I thought of something to make cold and flu season more tolerable.
(It doesn't involve avoiding colds or the flu, though I have been washing my hands several times a day, and I confess I considered wearing gloves at work. I'm not full-on germaphobe, though. A little girl coughed in my face on Halloween and I didn't wash it off.)
In our house, when a cold or flu or sore throat gets bad enough, we do reach for symptomatic relief, stubborn though we are. Usually the symptomatic relief is all jumbled under the bathroom sink. I've tried to organize it, but still, rooting under the bathroom sink with a head cold is hard. Rooting around under the bathroom sink when your husband has a head cold is hard too. ("ELLEN GET ME SOME COUGH DROPS THE NEW ONES NOT THE STALE ONES.")
But now, after my great idea, all the medicines are easily accessed from a chest-level shelf in the linen closet.
Now when Gary feels a cold coming on, he just reaches in the linen closet for the cold/flu container in the back, and perhaps he might pluck a few pills from the pill container on the right. If he has a sore throat, instead of whispering, "ellen my throat's sore get me some sucrets the red ones not the green ones" he can even ... well, one of us can plunk the sore throat container on the bathroom counter for the duration of the illness and browse at will.
Oh, and for those who are thinking, “Damn, that’s a lot of drugs,” what you see here is a drug larder. It’s our in-home personal pharmacy. It is stocked full of NyQuil backups and four boxes of Tylenol Cold and Flu capsules so there will be no 2 a.m. runs to the store. There are also medicines for illness we’ll probably never get again: weird one-off creams for plantar warts and gels for tooth pain and pills for bladder infections. (Sigh.)
Many linens had to be exiled to the basement to make this work, but I think it will be worth it.