>Will swine flu fizzle or present a pandemic?

>Timing is everything, and “shoulds” are bogus, even when a pandemic is threatening.

I should make sure our medicine cabinet is stocked.
Reality: I usually buy over-the-counter meds when they’re on sale, especially vitamins & supplements. They run 2 for 1 specials so often I never want to pay full price.
End result: We have lots of some meds, we’re almost out of others.

I should make sure our cupboard is stocked.
Reality: Fear of Mother Hubbard Syndrome is alive and well, and we have plenty of canned and frozen foods – including the beef stock I made last night after grilling steaks. That will be one. good. soup.
End result: We’ll be able to last a few weeks if we’re quarantined. A month? That might be tougher.

I should go over my files and records from Public Health Training.
Reality: I barely have the time and energy to get my school papers corrected and recorded.
End result: I’ll pull the files when the first case gets reported in my state or in town.

Heck with all this! I should be gardening!
Reality: Wisconsin weather is fickle, and there’s still the potential for frost later this week.
End result: Planting will wait until the end of May.

I should write a knowledgable post about swine flu.
Reality: Swine flu posts abound, as do up-to-date articles. Search any reputable news site for swine flu and you’ll find updates.
End result: I think I’ll go check the medicine cabinet and see if I need to make a stop at Walgreens!

In between writing the rough draft and hitting publish, I received the latest newsletter for public health volunteers in my fair city. The advice is routine, and I hope the situation remains so. ——->Prevent germ transmission in standard ways, stay home if you’re sick, etc.
–>Store a two week supply of food and water and pet supplies, stock up on nonprescription medicines, and keep prescriptions current.
–>Keep a good supply of basic health supplies such as thermometers, gloves, soap and hand sanitizers, and cleaner/ sanitizers such as bleach.
–>Plan ahead: know how family members will be cared for if they’re sick.

Hmm…with aging parents and a kiddo in college, the last item on the list isn’t as easy as it sounds. Maybe I “should” make a few phone calls.

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5 thoughts on “>Will swine flu fizzle or present a pandemic?

  1. >I think this is all being blown way out of proportion – for now. It will probably make a second round with deadly results in a couple of months. Until then, we wash our hands every chance we get. And live.

  2. >I love what Rep. Ron Paul said about it. If you don’t know he is a doctor as well as a US Rep. He was a Rep. last Swine Flu and this is what he said-

    Mind you they are doing the same thing this time. A vaccine is being worked on quickly and with it being so fast who is it being tested on? Everyone that gets it. I know even though I’m high risk (I have asthma and other chronic health problems) I will not get the flu shot just has I have never gotten a flu shot.

    I have stocked up on homeopathic flu meds and eco-friendly disinfectant. And we are going to do our monthly shopping tomorrow so we will have a lot of food.

  3. >Update: I stocked up on medicines today. While at Walgreens, I also picked up M&Ms. Don't worry, folks, I'm ready for anything.

  4. >nice blog. we’re on the other side of the frost season. itching to get garlic in and scheming of ways to grow spuds through winter.

  5. >It has been a strange disease this swine flu, it look like something made on purpose and to be tested with humans.

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