A Story of Flu FOMO

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A Story of FluFOMO

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Clorox.

One winter I missed 3 holiday parties. 3 parties. Just a little background on me: I’m an introvert, but I do love a good party. Whether it’s a sit-down dinner with friends, or a legit dance party, I have a heart for it. So, when I had to miss 3 holiday parties due to the flu, I pretty much felt like all the fun things were happening without me.

First party FOMO situation was during my friend’s Ugly Sweater Party. I had the perfect sweater, and was excited about seeing old and new friends. That party was on a Thursday. Next was a small get-together with a few work friends. We were planning to bring the kids together, eat appetizers, and spend a few hours laughing over past work experiences. We do this one a few times a year, but the holiday version of this party is always the most fun. Last was my husband’s work party. I’ve only met a handful of his work buddies, so this was going to be the party to create a nervous excitement. And I had a pretty dress for it.

A Story of FluFOMO

What happened? I got the flu. I mean, I got it bad. You know those flu situations where you feel like you’re dying just a little, but not enough to roll out of bed to go to the hospital? Yeah, that kind of flu. The worst part was that I had 3 little ones in the house, including a months old baby. Not only did I have to quarantine myself in our tiny apartment, I had to instruct everyone to keep all surfaces clean.

While I love having some couch potato time, I was literally stuck in bed for 3 days. I watched movies on the television and on my tablet, I played a few games on my cell phone, I also avoided social media as much as possible. I logged in once, saw the fun photos from the Ugly Sweater party, and logged right back out. Ugh! They looked like they were having so much fun. I cursed the flu for 72 hours. I also slept. Sleep is great, unless you’re sick. Sick sleep is NOT peaceful.

A Story of FluFOMO

I called in the big guns to keep everything disinfected. With a healthy and very able husband around, he grabbed a canister of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, and cleaned every doorknob, counter, light switch and remote in the place. I even kept a canister with me so I could wipe down the master bathroom and my own remote. That is, when I had the energy to do so. Why does the flu zap ALL of your energy?

A Story of FluFOMO

Anyway, since missing all of that fun, I’ve grown wiser about FluFOMO. Brandon and I now have “clean up drills” during the cold & flu seasons: we grab Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, and go around the house, wiping down the things we touch the most. Also, I use the Sickweather app and the FluFOMO tracker on the Clorox website. It shows me if there is a high or low risk of the flu in our area, so we can prepare our bodies for what may come.

My goal is to never miss a holiday party ever again. OK, that’s a lofty goal, but I would love to be healthy enough to attend anything we may be invited to. Now, I’m off to clean the remotes again.

Have you ever experienced FluFOMO?

About Amiyrah

My name is Amiyrah and I'm an an African American fashion & lifestyle blogger based in Ohio.

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