Nov 2, 2009
A little freaked out by the H1N1 virus
I admit, I'm a little over-the-top freaked out about the H1N1 flu. It has most definitely reared it's ugly head in our geographic area, and every time I go grocery shopping or on errands and hear people hacking and sneezing, I run for my hand sanitizer and, to be perfectly honest, am considering wearing a mask when I go out. Of course, I'd use some pretty cotton quilt fabric so it would be a "designer" mask, but still... I worry about Mr. B too. He has asthma, which automatically makes him a candidate for the vaccine. EXCEPT he's highly allergic to eggs -- which are used to "grow" the ingredients in the vaccine. Both Mary and I have called the health department to ask if they can obtain one of the few vaccines not "grown" with eggs, but no one ever calls back. His pediatrician simply tells us to contact the health department. I may have gone overboard a bit. Last week Mr. B was pitching a fit for his mother because he couldn't find his "hanitizer" (hand sanitizer). I don't want to instill germaphobia in the poor little guy, but I also don't want him to catch this flu. To be honest, I'm not terribly sure either of us would survive it. Literally. That's scarey stuff right there. My doctor gave me a regular flu shot, and a new 7-year pneumonia vaccine (I had borderline pneumonia twice last year), and I'm on Lipitor which is now showing in studies to possibly fight off the H1N1 virus. But I still haven't gotten the H1N1 flu shot itself. Last week our health department had the vaccines in -- 3000 shots and more than 6000 people stood in line for two days for them. Six thousand people coughing and sneezing in my immediate vacinity... no thanks. I picked my husband up at the airport the other day, and the first thing I did when he got in the car was hand him the hand sanitizer. Sanitize first, welcome back kiss second. I considered bringing Listerine with me as well, but managed to talk myself out of that one. I have told my daughter that if Mr. B gets sick, he simply must go to the pediatrician and be "cleared" before he comes to my house. It seems he catches everything imaginable from his 3 days in daycare. It made me feel a little better when I picked him up at daycare the other day to see a large dispenser of hand sanitizer just inside her front door. I found this interesting web site. If you have a cold or the flu, and wonder if it might just be H1N1, you can go to this web site, put in your symptoms, and it will tell you if you should hightail it to the doctor or not. It's provided by Emory University.