Don’t know about you all, but more than a couple `healthy as a horse’ friends of mine have been knocked on their asses by some cold or flu-like nastiness. As they’ve dropped, I’ve been doggedly fighting my Caribbean victim-blaming impulses.
‘You sick? You en eating nuh oranges?!’ or `I en tell you to wash you hands?’ is what I’m thinking as I hear ‘Yeah. There’s something going around’ or ‘Hey, have you tried _____ (fill in the blanks with the personality appropriate remedy here; i.e., zinc pills, a Vicks rub-down, Buckley’s, sweating it out, Echinacea, chicken soup, lemon tea and/or ganja tincture) come out of my mouth.
My initial response lingers. And an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, though. And you have to wonder why not everyone exposed to a pathogen gets or stays sick.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has a simple sensible answer: Stress. Chronic stress releases makes the immune system less responsive. And, stressed people are about twice as likely to get sick once exposed to cold or virus.
That’s all the more reason to relax and avoid drama. Or to not be an emotional vampire your damn self.
…It’s strictly coincidence that everyone except me’s fallen ill.