The Fall season is full of change. Gone are the hot hazy days of summer. The air is cool and crisp, the leaves changing from green to yellow, orange, and red. The sun is dipping down earlier as we prepare for the change to cold weather and shorter days. With these changes, we enter the flu season and many suffer from upper respiratory illnesses during this time as well. And of course, the ever-changing strains of covid 19. It is important to boost our immune systems and take steps to avoid contact with germs.
Ostomates need to be a little more vigilant than most. It is easy to become dehydrated when the flu hits. With dehydration, weakness and passing out can occur more easily. Signs of dehydration include:
Here are some tips for staying healthy:
Getting the flu is dangerous for anyone but with an ostomy, you have added concerns. These tips and suggestions are great for anyone to follow, not just immune-compromised people. Keep yourself and your family healthy this Fall. Stay well!
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