These are confusing times. I am obsessed with the amount of information swirling around the media, internet, workplace and schoolyards. Should we get the H1N1 vaccination – or not? Is it safe? Whom can we believe? For every compelling article there is another completely contradicting the argument. Frustration, mistrust, anger, and fear are some of the emotions fuelling the debates. Even attempts to stay neutral or “on the fence” has consequences. Does anyone want to read anything more about the H1N1 virus or vaccination? Not me.
My husband and I have had many discussions about H1N1. I bet this is a popular subject in your home too. This morning, after reading the paper and following the twitter chat I started getting very emotional about the subject. He calmly made a few observations that have resonated with me.
He reminded me that everyone makes the best decisions they can for their children and themselves. Period. There is no right or wrong in this situation – there is only what is right for you and your family.
Let us stop judging others. I know I have been doing it (and am embarrassed to admit that). If we ask someone his or her opinion, be prepared to hear something different from our own. If you are not open to hearing anything different, do not ask.
When this pandemic is over, we will look back on this situation and consider what we could have done better, what we should have done differently. In the meantime, we can support our friends, family, neighbours, co-workers, and fellow citizens’ decisions. It is tough enough to wade through the information without having to deal with negativity and animosity from those around us.
This is a good opportunity to re-evaluate our lifestyle – diet, exercise, sleep requirement, hygiene, our environment and overall health. Making small healthy changes will be a positive outcome during this challenging time.
Be safe and good luck with your decisions. I wish you and your family a healthy year.