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Old 05-01-2009, 11:59 AM   #121
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Two probable and 10 possible cases announced in my area. None of these people traveled anywhere recently, makes me wonder how they got it in the first place (if they really got it at all, which we won't know for a few days)... hummm... All public schools in the county are closed until at least Monday.

Pantry is well stocked (it always is), enough rice, pasta, flour and canned goods for a month or more. Fresh veggies right off the patio. DW and I are all setup for telecommuting from home if needed. We also make sure to wash our hands first thing when we come home. Not super worried right now, but renewed contact with my nearest consulate (emergency preparedness) and keeping an eye on the situation. That's pretty much it.
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Bloomberg Story about reactions to swine flu in Mexico:

Mexico ‘Overreacts’ to Flu Risk as Infections Slow, Doctors Say - Bloomberg.com

"Rodolfo Garcia, a recovering tuberculosis patient who waited outside the respiratory wing of the hospital, said the hallways were less crowded than normal because patients due for other treatments had stayed away out of fear of the flu.

Garcia said the panic over the virus was out of proportion because it has killed far fewer people than those snuffed out by the country’s drug cartels. Deaths related to organized crime doubled to more than 6,200 last year, or 17 deaths per day.

“How many millions of us are there in the Federal District?,” said Garcia, 40. “And how many confirmed deaths are there? The drug traffickers can kill that many people in an hour.”"
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:43 PM   #123
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I have the flu. I don't care what kind, every bone in my body hurts. I just coughed on the screen so you might want to rub it down with Purell.
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I have the flu. I don't care what kind, every bone in my body hurts. I just coughed on the screen so you might want to rub it down with Purell.
So sorry to hear that Martha. Actually, it might be best if it is swine flu. Then, once you recover, you will be immune and can ignore all the hoopla.
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Hmmmm...did you create a nice gooey Rorshacht pattern?
What do you see ?

Hope you're feeling better soon.
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Martha,
I had the flew several years ago. I hope you feel better soon. It is one of the worse things I have ever had. Take it easy, and don't try to come back too soon.
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Martha, take care and I hope you recover quickly!
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Hang in there, Martha--drink some oj if you can keep it down. Hope you feel better soon.

Small comfort to you, but I was glad to see this story that the H1N1 flu (new name--perhaps pronounced "heiny"?) may be on the milder side of flus:

Swine flu may be less potent than first feared
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Sorry Martha. Get better fast!

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Welcome Misanman!

That's a sad into, who raised your mom? My family somehow survived that outbreak, lived in Chicago. When you get a chance, introduced yourself more fully in the "Hi, I Am" section; let us know your retirement/work status, plans, etc.

Stay well.
Thanks for the welcome. I will introduce myself soon - sorry for lurking so far - lots of good information here.

My mother was passed around among relatives for a while but nothing worked out. Finally an aunt knew a family that had lost a daughter to the flu and they took her in and raised her.
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I'm sorry you're sick, Martha. I hope you feel better soon. It is true though if you have the swine variety that if it comes roaring back in the fall, as many believe it will, you will have built up some immunity. Although, from what I've read, the virus mutates cannot be predicted. So who knows what we may get in the fall/winter?
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In December/January in our area, the flu went around all the schools. Lots of people were out sick. Youth sports teams were decimated. No deaths that I can recall though. It was a strain of flu that this year's vaccine was not helpful for. My kids were sick, my spouse was sick. For some reason, I did not get sick. At the time, no one was talking about H1N1 or H5N1 or H4N3 or whatever. They were just sick and up to 10% of the students were out of school at any one time. They did not close the schools though. Now, someone has a fever and coughing and the school gets closed. What's up with that? If they didn't close before, they should not close now. Or should they?

PS: Martha, hope you get well soon!
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I put in a lot of nonperishable foods today. If I don't need them for a pandemic, they can double for this summer's hurricane supplies.
I finally did the same thing. I've been meaning to set aside a bin or two of food, and this little influenza wakeup call finally got me off my butt. We have snow and ice storms here, I can imagine being without power or without an operable grocery store for a week, then some disruptions as things get re-started, so it's prudent to have some chow put away (and some bottles of propane). We'll eat it next year and buy some more, so the cost is very small. We probably won't use up all the OTC meds, but that's cheap insurance.
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I finally did the same thing. I've been meaning to set aside a bin or two of food, and this little influenza wakeup call finally got me off my butt. We have snow and ice storms here, I can imagine being without power or without an operable grocery store for a week, then some disruptions as things get re-started, so it's prudent to have some chow put away (and some bottles of propane). We'll eat it next year and buy some more, so the cost is very small. We probably won't use up all the OTC meds, but that's cheap insurance.
Did something similar recently. I already have 200# of grain in the basement as base stock fo brewing, but I laid in some other odds & ends and a water filter that would carry us for quite a long time if necessary, regardless of the circumstances. Having the camper in the driveway helps as well, since it has full facilities plus a few days' worth of MREs in a real pinch, plus it is mobile.
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I am still waiting to see the lethality of swine flu vs regular flu. Not sure they have enough data yet.

I bought some canned stuff too. I'd buy some MREs but DD has a peanut/treenut allergy and I don't think I can get safely.
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I bought some canned stuff too. I'd buy some MREs but DD has a peanut/treenut allergy and I don't think I can get safely.
Research the study where they gave children with peanut allergies smalll amounts of peanuts and cured them of the allergy.
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I just heard about that dex. It's not ready for mainstream use yet, but it is very promising. I think they are doing more studies.
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Well, our 5 day cruise that was scheduled to leave May 16 and go to Mexico has been re-routed...

We now have a 7 day cruise (at the protected 5 day rate we paid) which goes to Key West and overnights in Nassau. Woo-hoo! I've always wanted to go to Key West, and we get 2 extra days free, so I'm thrilled with this change in itinerary. I am really loving Carnival right about now.
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