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MT Lady
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   Posted 4/30/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
re: Swine Flu...they've upped the WHO code to orange, with cautions of being in closed quarters. Okay, so my cousin, actually my husband's cousin is flying here to Chicago from Florida, and wants to get together with us in a restaurant. She then is going to a wedding, and again, wants to get together with us. Honestly, I'm a little paranoid, a little fearful, with everything I am hearing about the spread of this flu. I'm sure most of you are no different than me. When I get sick, I get a really bad flare up of fibro and it lasts for weeks. If I am not at my computer typing (I'm a medical transciptionist), I don't get paid. Believe me, when I have a bad flare, I cannot type. My fingers just won't move, or hit the wrong keys, can't concentrate, so much pain, etc...you get the idea. So I mentioned this to "cousin" today in an email, that I'm questioning our get together and she resonded with "oh c'mon, are you going to put yourself in a glass box?"...this woman has MS, so it's not like she's healthy. I would like your input, please. I don't know what to think. I know the news media at times blows things way out of proportion, but to me, this sounds like they are trying to keep the public calm, that it is a big deal, and they are trying to keep everyone from panicking. Your thoughts, please...
thanks
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


Spatchie
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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Can she just come over to your house for dinner instead of at a restaurant?

 


~Ang~
coping with fibro since July 2004, hiatal hernia in 2005
Officially diagnosed with fibro and restless leg - March 2009
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vestabula
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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Miriam...I don't know if this relieve your mind but I heard an in depth speech from a member of the National Institute of Health on the radio last night.  In his opinion, the scare has been blown way out of proportion by the main stream media.  He says the flu virus is already weakening and that's what they do...they die out after time.  He claims it is not as contagious as they are making it seem to be...none of the family members of the little boy from Mexico that died got the virus.  Caution is, of course, just common sense.  130,000 people die every year from what ever flu virus comes our way in the winter months.  Someone dies every 8 seconds in a car accident.  These were just his examples of putting this in perspective.  No one from this country, as of last night, have even been hospitalized for this flu.  I can understand everyone's fear of this, especially when we have other disorders than can only become worse if we were to get it.

So girl...just wash your hands if you are in public, don't let someone cough on you and try not to worry.

Oink Oink...GO AWAY AND STAY AWAY!

Huggies

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


patsie
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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Miriam,

I had the same worry as THIS is the big weekend I go to Disney with the evil little children. Then I heard as Donna did this is way out of proportion. Now I will not do a theme park and I will wash like a feign but not let it lock me in.

Just be very careful and get plenty of rest too.

Patsie

Sherrine
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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
The flu strain, it has been reported, is mild...milder than the typical strain of flu we have every winter.  This is what they are finding right now.  Now, viruses can mutate but right now it's still mild.  The reason the WHO raised the level is because this is caught pretty easily so washing hands and keeping them away from your nose, mouth and eyes is good precaution.  I wouldn't want to be around anyone coughing or sneezing, either.  I think most people are aware of this and will stay home if they are feeling ill.
 
I have a friend that is a travel agent and she has spent the past week in Mexico and arrived home last night.  I am to have dinner with her a week from Saturday.  I do plan on going, unless she is coughing and sneezing.  Then I will give her my regrets.  You just have to give it a little common sense.  The media is blowing it totally out of proportion, at the moment.  Several days ago they reported over 150 deaths from this but they were wrong.  Seven people had died from this and they all either lived in Mexico or visited Mexico. 
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


MT Lady
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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much! You are all right. I think I panicked. The news has a way of doing that to me, I guess. I did text my son, who is an infectious disease doc, to ask him if there is any reason for concern and he said not yet, so I should listen to him, I suppose. I would think he's in touch with the NIH, as well as whatever other information he gets first hand. Sometimes I think he might go too much the other way because of everything he sees on a daily basis. Anyway, thank you very much. I am taking a deep breath, letting it out, and then I will go wash my hands!!! :)
be well
Miriam
Oh Patsie, have a WONDERFUL time in Disney!!!
PPS: I just got back from the vet with Benji, who sliced open his paw the same day we have to put Cassidy down and I have been bandaging his foot every day, trying to keep it dry, which is a joke be cause of all the rain, so I've gone through over $100 of bandage wrap and I've become an expert at bandaging a paw, for whatever that is worth. Anyway, it's two weeks today and FINALLY, she said it looks EXCELLENT, and he's off the injured reserve list...he can go back to playing ball again. This dog thinks he's been so punished, not being able to play ball. He LIVES for his tennis ball, well, he's a Golden Retriever, need I say more?

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


Sherrine
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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
If Benji does something like that again, why not bandage the foot and then put a small plastic bag over it and use a rubber band to hold it in place...or tape it on the plastic.  I used to rubber band socks on my dogs feet, in the winter, when it was extremely cold so I could let her outside.  I know, I know.  I'm crazy, but I know I wouldn't want to go out in below zero weather in my bare feet!  LOL
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


K9
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   Posted 4/30/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
donna is right ~ it's a slow news week. If the pope eloped, would we hear anything more about swine flu?
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released) and amytriptilene 7.5mg


MT Lady
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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine, I did put a bag around his foot/leg when he went out and then taped it but somehow he always managed to get it wet, even a little damp could cause mold. O you wouldn't believe what I was doing to keep him from getting it wet. This is a GOLDEN RETREIVER we are talking about. If he sees a puddle, he is jumping in it! I finally leashed him and took him out to dry areas. The problem is we've been getting rain almost every day in the past two weeks and the days we don't, we still have water everywhere in our backyard. It's not going down. Just a mess. Well, at least the worst is over, the bandages are off, so all I have to do is dry him off now. And, I understand about the cold feet. I actually bought Musher's Secret this year, due to the extreme cold we've had. Unfortunately, I thought of buying it at the end of winter, but we'll see next year. It also says it's good for protection from the heat, hot concrete, so I think we'll try it this summer. He seems to have pretty sensitive feet, even though he gets a long walk every single day. Besides the walk I take him on, which is anywhere from a mile to 2 or 2-1/2 on a good day, my husband walks him and Cheyenne every night - 2-1/2 miles. You'd think he'd have callouses by now. He's been with us a year and his feet are so soft. Just have to watch him ...
take care
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


patsie
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   Posted 4/30/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Miriam, what is mushers secret????? Maestro loves to walk and the pavement gets so very hot here. He always, always, has a tennis ball in his mouth. He takes after his mother!!!! LOL Patsie

MT Lady
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   Posted 4/30/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Musher's Secret is a wax that you rub into the pads of their paws. You can buy it online, just Google the name. I think that's the name...now I'm questioning myself. I can go look in the pantry. Yes Benji, ALWAYS has a tennis ball, doesn't go anywhere without it!

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


patsie
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   Posted 4/30/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Miriam, I goggled and found it. This could be wonderful b/c last year I lived in NH for the month of Dec and Maestro's paws got very bad. So glad to know about it. Patsie
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