Why don’t I get ill at the same time as my children?

Do you believe in mind over matter? That we can consciously or subconsciously stop our bodies from becoming ill?

Well, recently I’ve certainly thought there’s something funny going on.

Both of my daughters, aged three and one, are of course permanently snotty and most parents will be experiencing the same thing right now.

This weekend, things took a scary turn for the worse when we had to take three year old to our local a&e department with breathing problems. They were very thorough and it was a particularly bad viral infection (will somebody please find a cure for the common cold?! I’ve begged before!). One year old also started with it and both are currently on inhalers.

Of course during this bout of illness, they’ve needed me to be not only around more (I took a day off work) but too be well to look after them.

I’ve had a niggly sore throat throughout all this. But it’s never turned into anything- it’s just there.

It just struck me today – why am I not ill? It looks like I’ve caught something, with the sore throat, so why am I not carrying tissues around or coughing and spluttering?

Is my body fighting it off, because my mind subconsciously knows I have to keep well?

I have to say, to all you who are now thinking “well maybe she has a particularly good immune system” that this clearly is not the case. I’m the person who catches anything- I’m a total virus wimp. I had glandular fever recently so by rights my immune system should be a little down.

I was recently reading these articles on the topic of Mind over Matter. The articles discuss things like positive thinking, hypnosis, meditation and how these can have an effect on our overall health and ability to beat illness.

But I couldn’t find anything on ‘women don’t get ill at the same time as their children”.

What do you think? Does this happen to you? Is it just fluke or is my mind telling my body to hold off being ill?

Of course I’ll get a stinking cold at the weekend, when my girls are better and desperate to run around the park or some play centre! Wish me luck with that…


Working Mum of two, living in Didsbury, Manchester, in a house which breeds washing, mushed up raisins and various toys in the brightest primary colours. Oh, and the odd empty wine glass.

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