Who Needs An Apple? Keep The Doctor Away With Echinacea
Posted by Kate W on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
I am extremely fortunate that I get to work from home. I don’t have to worry about packing a lunch; I can just pop into the kitchen and reheat last night’s leftovers. I save a fortune on fashion-forward attire; it’s an eventful day if I actually put on some jeans instead of changing into a different pair of pajama pants.
The best thing about my situation though, is that I can see my daughter whenever I want. Instead of carting her to daycare on the way to the office, I have a friend of mine come over a few days a week to play with her while I work. They hang out in the living room or go for walks through the neighborhood while I hole up in my office. If I need a little break from the computer or if I just feel like I need a cuddle, I can simply walk down the hall for some quality baby time. She always has a great time with her babysitter to the point where she forgets I am even home; whenever I magically appear she freaks out and flails and gasps. It is kind of awesome.
I know that one day this dream arrangement will have to come to an end, though. My daughter loves hanging out with other kids, and her periodic play dates with friends will not always be enough to sustain her interest. Day care and preschool are an inevitability looming upon my horizon.
I will definitely miss my baby when she’s not just a room away. I am also worried about what kinds of germs she might pick up when she’s surrounded by other kids. Children are germ factories. I’m not that concerned about her exposure; it’s good for kids to get a little germ exposure in order to boost their immune systems. But I do worry about my husband getting infected. Even just a mild cold can be catastrophic for someone with an autoimmune disorder like lupus. So I’ve been pumping up his immune system with Echinacea. Not only does it boost immune activity, it helps ease some of the inflammation that afflicts him.
I try to take great care of my daughter by making my own baby food and finding eco-friendly toys for her to play with. Letting her interact with other kids is part of helping her become a more confident and well-adjusted child. I just hope the Echinacea can protect my husband from any of the unexpected side guests my daughter may pick up on her new adventures.
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