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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The drive-me-crazy flu

6...

10...

9....

5....

3...

8....

were the number of absent kids in each of my classes yesterday. Normally, its odd to have more then one out on any given day.

But 10??

Even 5???

Holy COW.

I have a feeling this will not be getting any better in the coming months...and I hate that feeling.

The sniffles.

The coughs.

The "whoops I forgot to cough in my elbow!"

followed by the snappy, "Go WASH your hands!!!" (yours truly)

The, "I swear I wasn't picking my nose!"

followed by the, "Oh yea? Then what was your finger doing up there? Just resting? GO WASH YOUR HANDS!"

The disinfectant spray for tables that was given to us has had to be refilled already twice in my room. We spray down and wash after every class leaves.

We scrub our hands after every class.

I disinfect with sanitizer every .20 seconds, thus my dry, burning cuticles.

I pray.

Every single morning for protection.

Because I'm really struggling with getting this vaccine. It's a gut thing. A feeling. I don't feel right about it. I hate going against my gut. I dread it. [Please note: If I weren't pregnant. I'd pretty much get it in a heartbeat. Or, not really care about getting it and gutting out the swine flu if need be.]

I walk around 3 times a night with something hanging out of my mouth...

and I'm a classy girl...

so don't go there.

It's my thermometer.

Checking, daily....twice daily....3x daily to make sure I don't have some sudden fever.

It's never been above 98.

So, I know I'm okay.

But?

The oddity in all of this is...I never used to be like this. I never cared. Hardly ever got sick. Wasn't all super panicky about things like this.

But this time?

I blame it on the baby.




24 comments:

  1. I dont blame you for going with your gut. There are a lot of risks with getting a vaccine that is so new. I'm not getting it just based on the upcomming wedding. I'd be afraid to get it while pregnant. It really is just too new.

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  2. I wouldn't get the vaccine either. At least not until I did A LOT of reading on it and even more praying about it.

    I'll pray for you! Keep sanitizing!! Get some good smelling (or not smelling, depending on how your baby feels about it!!) lotion and put lotion on every time you use sanitizer, it should help your poor hands!!

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  3. Girl, the baby is a GREAT excuse for going crazy over all this flu stuff, and totally understandable!!!

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  4. I have an article another bloggy friend sent to me about the swine flu and its risks, would you like for me to send it to you? She is pregnant as well, and works in a hospital, and is very against the H1N1 flu due to her pregnancy. Anyway, if you want more research on it, I'd be happy to send it!

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  5. Goodness... that's a lot of kids to be out. I heard that yesterday our tiny little high school was missing close to 140 kids for sickness... and we only have about 450 in the whole school! This flu season is hitting hard! I hope you avoid it... keeping my fingers crossed for you and the baby! :)

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  6. I would be the SAME WAY!!!
    That is why I fear getting pregnant...because I will be nervous the whole time! :)

    IT sounds like you take every Precaution you can…so you should be fine!

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  7. as somone still recovering from the h1n1 gifted me by a lovely child I totally understand your fears. In the end I was delighted to get it before getting pregnant, before the flu season really hits and so I wouldn't even have to think about the vacine. You'll be in my prayers!

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  8. It's awful at our school too. If you tell them you are pregnant, you will get a preservative-free flu shot. It's the mercury that's scary. I wouldn't touch it.

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  9. In the words of Sex and the City: "Blame it on the baby. That's what they're there for." I totally believe this to be true ;o)

    Sending good, healthy thoughts to you!

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  10. I had the flu last week and I'm 95% sure it was H1N1. It was the worst flu I've had in a long time but I figure if you're a relatively healthy person, getting it isn't the end of the world. I was feeling better after 2 days and lots of fluids and rest. If you do get it, just pump the fluids and vitamins and get tons of extra sleep and you should be fine!

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  11. hi momma! there's a strong campaign run amuck here at the hospital where i work for pregnant women to get the H1N1 vaccine. Our board ranked OB (the amazing Thomas Bader) is very pro-vaccine, ESPECIALLY for all of our preggo nurses.. Even breastfeeding moms should get it! Don't sweat about the mercury levels- you'd ingest more mercury eating a can of tuna- but if you're worried about the preservative, the Thimerasol- you can ask your OB for a Thimer-free vaccine.. Our hospital has an entire preservative free lot for all of our pregnant staff. But you're doing fantastic with handwashing and disinfecting everything- that's the BEST way to keep yourself swine-flu-free!!! Just a little extra info for ya.. Everybody's swine-flu crazy around these parts- we just had a conference about it!! Ha! :) Happy Wednesday!!

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  12. I would be worried about it too. I hate going against my gut as well. Just do what feels right and keep washing those hands!

    Also, maybe this is because I'm neurotic, but I hold my breath when someone sneezes or coughs. Who knows...

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  13. Do you take Vitamin C tablets? I'm pretty sure they're pregger-safe. Not sure about Airborne though, but have you considered it?

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  14. I haven't gotten the vaccine and I'm not going to (on recommendation of my midwife, and I just don't think I should) and I expose myself to a walk-in clinic and Peds clinic pretty much everyday for work (albeit for a minute or two, but still). Call me crazy, but I don't trust a new vaccine that we have no idea what it will do to unborn. Go with what you feel is right.

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  15. stick with your gut feeling. you are doing the right thing by washing hands and sanitizing everything. God gives us those gut feelings for a reason! I am still praying for your protection. the H1N1 has hit hard around here and so I got nervous and was tempeted to go get the shot but as soon as I started thinking about getting it my stomach got really upset and i just felt something going "NO"! So I'm sticking to my gut!

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  16. I definitely dont blame you for being worried about getting sick!! Esp around all those kiddos! And I'd be hesitant about the shot, too..Vitamin C is the way to go! :)

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  17. Its a scary time right now to be preggo with all the flu stuff going around. I would be paranoid too. My friend here at work that is pregnant is so afraid of getting it.

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  18. hey katie!

    just wanted to thank you for offering to help out with my production line! and i know you have a ton going on, so your offer means a lot :) i'm doing ok right now...just pacing myself and not sleeping much :) but it sounds like your temperature taking isn't letting you sleep much either! i don't blame you, this flu is a scary thing!!!

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  19. Aww I know! It's scary! I'm terrified my kids will get it, but I'm just not okay with giving them the vaccine!

    Here are four steps to keeping healthy this flu season:

    Flu Preventative Tips:

    The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions.

    While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps can be practiced

    1. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water or Listerine. *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive, and powerful preventative method.

    2. Blow the nose hard once a day and swab both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

    3. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C. If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

    4. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

    5. And this is my own. Up your dose of Elderberry, Echinacea in addition to the Vitamin C. Be sure to follow the instructions (e.g., it's usually 10 days on and 10 days off for Echinacea). Ask your doctor about Echinacea and Elderberry, as I'm not sure that Echinacea is safe while pregnant). Oh, also you can buy probiotics in liquid or chewable form....we have found this to be such an amazing help!!! Any whole food store will have them! :)

    Praying you don't get sick!

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  20. oh wow... that is a lot of sick kids!! hoping you don't get sick!!

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  21. I am currently stuck on my couch with the flu :-( It's def. not fun...at all. Hope you stay healthy!!!!

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  22. Rhiana has some great tips I've heard, too. I gargle everyday and clean out my nose and while my friends and their kids are dropping like flies with this flu, I've remained healthy.

    I TOTALLY feel your pain with the swine flu vaccine. I keep hoping the decision will be made for me and I won't have to choose not to get it, it just won't be available. Alas, my midwife's office will have it next week for pregnant patients and that's when my appointment is. What to do?? I've talked to my son's ped, my midwife, my mom (who is a nurse practitioner), and some friends in the medical field and they are all pro-vaccine for pregnant women. I get sick just thinking about getting the shot though. It makes me nervous, too, even for my son to get it.

    I'll be praying for you around all those sick kiddos!

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  23. a girl i work with is pregnanat also and just went to the dr. yesterday and they convinced her to get the H1N1 vaccine ( not the nose thing) the shot. And so far she hasnt had an side effects since yesterday.

    I dunno if the you got the email that was sayig dont get it this wil happen and all that, i did, the girl i work with had convinced herself not get b/c of that.

    i am not sure i would get it either (well im not) but if i was expecting i would for sure have to read up on it and ask why do i need it? why should pregnant women get it? i would ask my dr. about all the risks and about all the "bad stuff" i know we have all read before ruling it out.

    I would just my deision wisely if i were you, since you are around kids all the time, i would for sure get the regular flus shot at least..

    Pray about it and then you will know what to do!!

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  24. I am the same way. I am constanly worried that I am going to get sick and give it to my son. I was never like this before having a baby.

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