From The first week of September on it's all downhill until April with cold after cold, flu, tummy bugs galore, ear infections and tonsilitis, and that's just me. Don't get me started on everything that Rory catches and brings home. Last year I got hold of a book called The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick and read it cover to cover in the hopes of finally banishing poor health from my household but despite following advice to run every morning, take cold showers and dunk my head in peroxide every morning (only did that once; smelled like public toilets all day), we were still ill for 7 months straight.
This year, I have another secret weapon: Nasalguard Cold & Flu Block. This is a little tube of non-greasy ointment that you rub around your nostrils and above your top lip a few times a day. It's supposed to trap, hold and immobilize airbourne viruses, which reduces the likelihood of you getting ill. I don't know exactly how this works, actual magic I expect. I'll poke my knowledgeable friend, Science Tim with a virtual internet stick after I publish this post to see if he can explain it in the comments for you all. It has something called Polyquats in it. I don't even know what they are, but if they're going to stop me getting ill, I can get on board with it.
Does it work? I don't know yet. I've been using it since the start of September. So far, my husband has had a horrendous cold and Rory has had the sniffles, and I haven't caught either, but it's early days. I don't think I've ever got more than a week into September without coming down with something until this year though, so there might be something in it. Tell you what; I'll report back in a few weeks with a progress report. If it works and I manage to dodge all cold, I will be overjoyed. And I will also eat a tiny bit of my hat because I'm a hardened skeptic. Watch this space...
If you want to join me in Hat Eating Corner, Nasalguard Cold & Flu Block is available from Boots for £11.99 (I know, I know, but if it does actually work, it will be worth every penny): http://www.boots.com/en/NasalGuard-Cold-Flu-Block-Topical-Gel-3g_1320755/