Posts Tagged ‘swine flu’

The Surprising Origin of the Swine Flu

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 by by

One of our family’s favorite Fall activities (say that 3 times fast!) is taking a trip to the local pumpkin farm to spend the children’s college fund pick pumpkins and celebrate Illinois’ not-so-subtle transition from its one season (really freaking hot) to its second (really freaking cold).

When the big kids were small, the pumpkin patch was a modest affair; a few wooden climbing structures, adorable photo ops and the requisite pen of goats and chickens. Today, however, the humble pumpkin patch has morphed itself into a veritable Fallapalooza. It’s like everyone on the farm, in the grips of major, un-medicated ADHD decided to cram every acre with a dizzying array of seasonal stimulants. But guess what? It’s the classic case of “If you build it, they will come,” and on any given Saturday in these parts (more…)


Swine Flu…Vaccinate or Not?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 by by

I really debated on whether to post this but I am really torn as to whether we should get the H1N1 vaccine. I vacillate back & forth as to whether the media is hyping this up or whether they are really just reporting facts. This is what I do know.

H1N1 is killing children & adults. It is scary but when I think about it, is it really any scarier than what we went through last January when Ian had Type A influenza? Not sure. I also really don’t want to find out so I can compare the 2. One hospital visit is enough for our family.

We had the regular seasonal flu vaccine last year & it didn’t do a bit of good. What is to say that the H1N1 vaccine (more…)

Traveling With a Baby During a Pandemic!

Friday, May 1st, 2009 by by

Saturday will be Fletcher’s first flight. Unfortunately, we are flying to Texas. See the news lately? Yeah, that is where we are going. Am I scared? Absolutely!!! My sister called today and begged me to stay home. I am not saying that my son is worth less than the cost of two plane tickets, but I am saying that we planned this trip a long time ago and there is family anxious to meet him.

So how am I going to protect my son from the Swine Flu? We are going to be in a busy airport, an enclosed plane, and *ahem* in San Antonio Texas. I am going to wear him in my Ergo carrier in the airport and on the plane. I just hope that is going to be enough.
2009 H1N1 Flu Outbreak Map in a larger map

As if this wasn’t enough, I (more…)

Swine flu, head lice, and other strange thoughts

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 by by

Sorry I am talking about my insanity again but I sometimes run out of ideas to blog about and well since every third post on JM at the moment seem to be about the swine flu, I thought the blog might need one too.  I have decided that I am not leaving the house until this pandemic or whatever we are calling it is over.  I already have enough problems with illness psychosis that I don’t need anything else to worry about.  Yet, like every other Googler I worry.

I was indeed one of the thousands of people searching frantically to find out what the symptoms of swine flu were.  I am sure my searching contributed to this week’s most popular search term, swine flu symptoms.  I am not sure how I could have possibly gotten the swine flu, but it was important for me to know the symptoms just in case.  I still don’t really know how you distinguish swine flu symptoms from any other flu symptoms but if I start doing a lot of coughing, sniffling, or sneezing I will let you know.  I do know that Michigan has a confirmed case of swine flu.  Fortunately, it is miles from me.  I will just stay in my house and hibernate (more…)