Monday, October 19, 2009


I'm trying to not think about it, but I can't help myself. I tried to blog about writing, but all I can do is think about the flu.

My daughter's junior high has about 500 kids. 130 were absent today. There were only eight kids in her English class. I keep hoping they will close school for a few days. Thinking about all those nasty germs floating around school makes me worry. I want her to stay hydrated, but to not drink out of a fountain. I gave her a bottle of hand sanitizer. In fact, we all of have a bottle. We also have our own thermometers.

I went to the CDC website today. 41 states were labeled with widespread flu reports. I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow and ask him for anti-viral medicine. Then we'll have it on hand in case our darling daughter starts showing symptoms.

I hope everyone is washing their hands, coughing into their elbows and staying home if they are sick.

All I can do
is think of the flu.

I try and try
to make those germs die.

Washed hands are key
don't give it to me.

STAY HEALTHY...and write a little poem if you get a chance. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. To be honest, I wouldn't rely on the anti-virals -- they aren't that effective and have side-effects which can be worse than the flu itself. A lot of people who take them get terrible nausea. And the more they are prescribed only increases the risk that the flu, which is pretty mild at the moment, will mutate into a more virulent strain. So I'd be astonished if your doctor would be prepared to prescribe them to someone who is healthy.

    The best way to avoid getting sick is to have the H1N1 vaccine when it's available in a few weeks' time, have the seasonal flu vaccine (which is available right now), keep washing hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth when you're out in public.


  2. I had the flu in March and took Tamiflu (sp?) and it helped lessen the symptoms. That's all they are supposed to do, lessen the symptoms.

  3. Actually, they will prescribe Tamiflu is there is reason to believe the patient has been exposed. My neighbors down the street, both doctors, went to visit family last month. A week later, one of the family came down with the flu. Their doctor immediately put them on Tamiflu to keep them from getting it. It's not 100% effective, but it's a heck of a lot better than nothing.
    And since Tamiflu is available and the vaccine is not...
    Here's hoping everyone at your house stays healthy!

  4. Thanks for your input, Amy and Jo. I'm sitting here waiting for the nurse to call me back with a prescription. Katherine and I both feel awful! I hope you both get through the season without catching the flu.