Is there anything I can do to protect myself against a stomach bug?

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Red_34
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   Posted 1/10/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
A week ago my MIL, FIL and my hubby's aunt came down with a stomach bug that produces projectile vomit and D.  Well they got better but now my hubby has it.  He has it all, the vomiting, D, chills and slight fever.  I am TERRIFIED of getting this bug - for obvious reasons!  So other then using Lysol like mad and washing my hands frequently, is there anything else out there that I can do to prevent myself from getting it?  He has put himself in a quarantine downstairs but he has already spread his "love" upstairs.
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pb4
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   Posted 1/10/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Not likely much more than you've already done...keeping fingers crossed for you Red that you don't catch it.

:)
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Red_34
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   Posted 1/10/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Lol that is what I thought.............yup, cross those fingers for me!
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Old Hat
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   Posted 1/10/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It's the flu season & apparently some kind of vomit-causing bug has been sweeping the Midwest/mountain states. Hopefully, it's a viral strain you have some immunity to! At least you already know about the need to stay hydrated & to replace fluids if one loses a lot thru nausea or D. That should help you to avoid major complications if you do get this latest bug-- but I hope you won't. Best wishes! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Peety
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   Posted 1/10/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby avoided getting it when I had it last year, by staying far out of the bedroom. So there is hope for you! Keep washing! I suppose you could also get a mask.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/10/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
there's always a hotel... LOL. Desert him... and go to a hotel, and enjoy the steam room and massage. Go swimming. Watch TV. read a book. TUrn it into your vacation till he gets better. LOL. Of course you're talkin to a guy a little jaded about relationships. Never would have considered this when I was married, but have been divorced twice. And no I did not follow this course of action when I was married, that not why the divorces. LOL But now? Maybe... a few days of relaxation in a nice hotel might just be the ticket. LOL
course ya could always send him to his parents till he got better, they should have immunity to this strain. LOL
 
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30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
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Susiebuddy
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   Posted 1/10/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Red~!!
 
  I feel for you girl~  I get the same terrified feeling when ever I think I've been exposed to anything having to do with the stomach flu.. Sorry to say, chances are if your hubby is already vomiting and had D anywhere near you, you've probably been exposed to it unless you weren't around him when he was vomiting... Although, you might not get sick, if your body has some immunity to it. My husband got a bad stomach flu last year and vomited for about 5 hours, then he just slept. I did feel nauseaus for a couple of days but never vomited... (Thank GOD)... I am an emetophobic.. lol...   make sure you get plenty of REST and keep yourself hydrated and washie-washie-washie your hands!!!
 
  Good luck and I hope you steer clear of this horrid bug!!!  
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 No remission no more.. lol.. Flaring now for 2 months. Blood and mucus and cramps.. argh!!! Meds are Rowasa, Canasa and now Lialda 2 pills 2x a day Culturelle 1x a day, plus an occasional Xanax if I feel stressed out.... Ambien at night for sleep... geez..
 
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quincy
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
your husband should also be on probiotics.

Don't share towels...give him his own hand towel or have him use paper towels.

Nice he's generous with his love...I feel for him, however! Those viruses spread fast...and the only way is hand to mouth, unfortunately.

I've heard that some gastro viruses are still in the stool even though one feels well afterward...so, again I stress the probiotics.

Keep us posted...and I do truly hope you don't get it.



OH....it's not the flu (which is respiratory)...

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Red_34
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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Unclebubba - Ahhh that sounds heavenly but I can't do that because I have 2 kids; albeit older ones but I can't leave my husband at the mercy of teenagers!! LOL
 
And Q - I know it's not a flu which is why I said stomach "bug". turn   You know, I almost put stomach flu though just to see if you would respond! LOL
 
Thanks for the tips.  He's feeling much better now let's just hope his germs didn't spread! 
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Jjc2007
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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I got it.......actually about an hour before midnight on New Year's Eve (luckily I had not partied.....and had not been drinking at all so no mistaking it for a hangover). And I was beyond miserable for 48 hours. I was really worried about inciting a flare and it did cause some minor extra misery. But I kept taking my probiotics and by the fifth day, other than achy and tired, my body was able to bounce back. However, I would choose to not have gone through it although overall for me, it was mostly vomiting and not much on the other end.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
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Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
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Vicky26
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   Posted 1/11/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Probiotics can help protect against tummy bugs as they top up your good bacteria in your gut.
 


quincy
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   Posted 1/11/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
There are different types of probiotics...some of which are dissolved/released in the stomach as well as into the small intestine and then into the colon. Best to take all kinds, although some are required with food, others on an empty stomach.


Red...lol...I assumed that somehow. Actually...I meant it to be for Old Hat (OH). I think we need to get the term "flu" straightened out because many believe the Flu shot will help prevent stomach bugs/viruses...it does not. Just being proactive on terms....

Happy to hear your husband is improving. It's sometimes next to impossible to keep our fingers from our mouths...apparently it's most of the time mindless...and that's what we can control. Imagine what we ingest when we're served meals from wherever and whomever touches the plates or forks, etc. Wonder how many things have hit the floor and then the tables......eek.I best not go there. Sometimes the 3-second rule should not apply..lol!

Be well,
quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think there is any more you could do. I got the stomach bug twice this past year. Never got it that bad before. The second time was along with the fever and chills. I ended up in ER, but what they gave me totally helped me. I'll be praying that you don't get it.
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)

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