Have you been tempted to wear a face mask to keep out the flu?

Recently, when talking to a dear friend, another nurse, and lamenting that I was hesitating taking unnecessary, though desired, plane travel due to concerns about the flu, she said to use a facemask. I pooh poohed it due to my experience using them while a labor and delivery room nurse many years ago.   What I remembered is that once the paper surgical mask became moistened, due to the moisture we exhale while breathing, it became less effective as a barrier. After our discussion, I decided to research this further....more

Ask Your Pharmacist Week

From my blog, Take It Easy...more

What I've been up to.... since I haven't been here. Again.

I went to BlogHer to become a better blogger and it seems that I've become the worst by not blogging at all. I've made strides to be better, y'all. I've even made a schedule.Yes. Y'all are on my Google Calendar.I've also been horribly, horribly sick with a sinus infection/chest cold of doom. You can forgive me, right? Cleaning sneezes off of my laptop screen wasn't on my desired task list. Sorry for the image, but there you go.So here's the update:...more

Flu Deaths | Prevention with Vaccine

The 2012-2013 Flu season started & peaked earlier than it typically does with cases documented as early as September 2012 and peaking in December 2012. In addition, The past Flu season brought had a higher death rate for both seniors and children. 149 documented children's death occurred due to Flu. This is about 3 times higher than the average season....more

5 Tips to Supplement the Flu Shot

Flu season is upon us, and while many people take the preventative measure of receiving a flu shot, there are other ways you can combat this highly contagious virus. Instead of being left out in the cold, try adhering to these tips to fight off the flu and the costly symptoms it brings.Take a Few Extra Seconds — Wash Your Hands!...more

If You Are Curious

Kid gets flu. Kid gets pneumonia in addition to the flu. Kid stops eating/drinking. Kid almost dehydrates. Begin the hour by hour watch about having him admitted to the hospital. Mom gets low grade fever. Mom's fever keeps rising. Mom develops a hacking cough. Kid starts having watery explosive poops to the point that it goes up the back and down the leg at the same time. Mom is busy constantly trying to clean up the kid and keep him comfortable....more
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Human Snot Rag

Lil Man will be 2 next Monday. It's so hard to believe! Where has the time gone? But as you know if you read my last post he has the flu. Well in addition to the flu, he also has pneumonia.It's been touch and go with putting him in the hospital. He wouldn't drink or eat and was getting lethargic. But finally, as we were making the decision within the hour, he ate a little and drank some water.We have stayed out of the hospital so far. He is showing some signs of improvement, but he is still very sick. Currently, we he has major congestion and major diarrhea....more

Outsourcing the Flu

For the last 4-5 days I've been down with flu/respiratory crud, and along with that I've had the attendant exhaustion, achiness, weakness, congestion, and overall blahness that comes from being sick. We all know that this has been a tough flu season, and though it seems to be on the downswing, it's still pretty bad out there, no matter where you live....more

Chicken Soup for the Flu

Feeling flu’ish? Taking care of someone sick with the flu? Just looking for a great, simple chicken soup recipe you can throw together in minutes and freeze for later? Here it is. Simple and delicious.Chicken Soup for the Flu1 chicken1 onion2″ knob of ginger3-4 stalks of parsley1 fennel bulb4 carrots3 stalks celery (leaves and all)1 clove garlic2 tsp saltpepper ...more

The Flu

The flu is kicking my ass. 24 hours ago I was a normal healthy unemployed radio dj enjoying a weekend in Iowa with my family...sometime around 3 am...I was sicker then the dog...I've never understood that expression...I have seen sick dogs...unless they're dying, they seem pretty cheerful...at least my dad's dogs...cheerful, overfed, running the house, but all in all...pretty good... Up until a couple of hours ago when the fever broke I was unable to lift my head without plotting an escape route to the bathroom...do you know what got me out of bed? ...more
@HomeRearedChef  Good morning Virginia...So there's two of us who can't get to sleep!  Love you ...more