13 THINGS AROUND YOUR HOME YOU SHOULD BE DISINFECTING, BUT PROBABLY AREN’T

Cold and flu season was pretty bad for us this year. My 1 year old got sick, then my 2 year old, then my mom who was visiting from out of town, and then I got sick....more

Ipanema fever

Hi guys! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged for so long. I’ve missed you!So, from my later post you must have understood how great my life in Brazil is! I’m relaxed and I’m so happy! Last week I went to the swimming pool (they have one here in the building, so I can spare myself the hot trip to the beach) and I spent a whole day in Ipanema with a dear friend of mine I hadn’t seen in a while....more

The Best Way to Tackle a Sick Day

The plague has descended on our home.I don't know what it is about this time of year, but towards the beginning of March we seem to be jinxed with a revolving door of boogers, fevers, headaches and general, all-round sluggishness.In past years it was really not *that* big of a deal.I've always been a full-time stay-at-home mom, so I'd just stay in my jammies all day, soaking up the snuggles, letting the laundry pile grow larger without a second thought....more

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