#MitochondrialDiseaseAwarenessWeek: Day 2! Today let’s talk about this sweet little girl and germs.
We live our lives in as much of a bubble as we possibly can. Every single outing, interaction, play date, or even grocery store run is a calculated risk for us. Lorelei is considered to be neutropenic, which means her immune system does not have the strength to attack viruses when they invade her body. .
As most of you remember, January was a tough one for us. Lorelei caught the flu and it took her DOWN. We have no idea where she came across that virus, as no one in our family had been sick at all. We were far from home, and had not even made it out of our condo to see Mickey Mouse yet. She spent 18 days in the PICU, 8 of them intubated and fighting for her life. .
I am sharing this again to remind everyone to think of little warriors like Lorelei when you have the sniffles. A little virus may not be a big deal to you - but it could be life or death for those with weak immune systems (this also includes pregnant women, elderly, cancer patients, and so many more!) .
Today Lorelei and I went to get our flu shots together. (Which, let me add, she did get a flu shot last year too. Even though last year’s flu shot wasn’t as effective as they predicted, it was some protection!) Lorelei didn’t even cry when she got her shot today. If she can do it, so can you! We were told that our doctor had already seen several cases of the flu over the last week!! Please take five minutes to stop by your doctor’s office or even do it on your next Target run (I think they give you a $5 gift card when you get your flu shot there?!?)
Additionally, we want to encourage everyone to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, cough into your elbow, clean your cell phones frequently (because they are so flipping germy!) and STAY HOME if you are not feeling well. Let’s make this an uneventful fall and winter for everyone! .
PS. We were rocking our Team Lorelei shirts today too! If you have one, or a bracelet, be sure to wear them this week for Mito Awareness! (Feel free to post pictures wearing the shirts or bracelets, or even getting your flu shot and tag us!!)