Monday, February 8, 2010

We Had H1N1 and Lived to Tell About it!

I may be a little premature as some of my family are still battling the "great flu". I'm hopeful that corners are being turned, though. Since we (and by 'we', I mean 'I') are moving into the back stretch, I thought I'd post a little H1N1 survival guide for those of you who, like us, neglected to get that all important vaccination.

When the first family member goes down, buy lots and lots of these:

Squirt the Purell all over you, your husband, your kids, and the infected member, just for good measure. Try to convince the infected member to use the Purell constantly. It probably won't work, because this person is so ill they do not care if you get sick or not!

Supply the infected member with lots of Kleenex. Don't skimp and buy the cheap store brands. If anything, splurge and get the Puffs with Aloe and lotion. Trust me....

I didn't get a photo, but buy a couple of cans of Lysol. Spray it on everything that is not living and breathing. It's probably too late, and it probably won't help, but it'll make the Mom in you feel better.

Keep an array of over-the-counter medications available for each family member. Here are ours. Notice that "don't skimp and buy store brands" does NOT apply for OTC meds. Equate, I think I love you and your effective meds at low, low prices. Especially for a large, sick family. That last statement doesn't sound quite right, but you know what I mean....

If you or any of your family members have high-risk conditions, take thee to the doctor, at once! Or better yet, get the vaccine. (Boy, have I changed my tune.....)

In all seriousness, do not mess around with high-risk conditions and H1N1. Asthma and heart disease patients need special consideration. (Note the Tamiflu and prescription meds in the photo above.)

I am so thankful to report that our little one handled H1N1 like a pro, hardly slowed down at all, but seemed to know exactly when it was time to take a break for meds and rest. His heart rate was a bit elevated, but he is doing pretty well today (day 5).

Our boy with asthma has had a rough road. He is on day 7 and is still under the weather. His meds are doing the trick, though, and improvements are visible. Thank the Lord. (He had me worried.)

And finally, make sure you have lots of easy recipe ingredients for those who feel like eating, plenty of fluids (very important!), and movies....lots of movies.

Unless, of course, your child happens to love one particular movie. Then you are DOOMED.

We've watched Men in Black and Men in Black 2 about 893 times over the past 5 days.

Even though these are a couple of my very favorites, variety would be nice!

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