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…)

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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.
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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…)

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