Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I swear I'm not that paranoid. Really.

I'm getting more and more concerned about the Swine Flu. Not necessarily getting my family or I getting it, but more the panic side. When this stuff spreads further and people are scared to go to the grocery store, work, or school is when things are going to get tricky.

My mom is a nurse, and she's concerned but not hugely. When the Avian flu came out in Asia a few years ago, her old work had the option for nurses to personally purchase face masks at the wholesale cost. She bought a ton of them for the whole family including various child sizes for the Boy (who was just a baby at the time). I called her yesterday because one of the outbreaks in California is near some of our family. Her advice for me now was just to be careful. Don't go places I don't have to, avoid large groups like sporting events or malls. Watch the Boy for any flu symptoms and track them if he starts to develop any (our family doesn't really get fevers, so doctors tend to say "well, you have no fever" when we're about to die we're so sick).

She and I also agreed that should either the Boy or I get symptoms instead of rushing him into the Army Medical Center (which was my Plan A previously) that I would call the doctors office. Because as she pointed out, we could just have the flu. It wouldn't help for us to not have it, and then unknowingly expose ourselves to someone who does.

I went a step or two further because well, I'm getting *cough cough* a little more paranoid. I went to the store this morning and stocked up on enough groceries and non-perishables to last at least 2 weeks without having to go to the store, even assuming we don't have power. I don't have as much water as I'd like, but I'm going to get some tonight at Wally-World. It's plain cheaper, and I'm going to go pretty late at night to our 24 hr one so I can avoid as much exposure as possible. My mom also suggested if I do stock up, to be sure and get medications just like for any other flu, so I'm buying some large bottles of (generic) Tylenol and things like that. I'm also stocking up on essentials like antibacterial gel (instead of soap), toiletries, soap things like that. I can fairly effective quarantine myself off from contact if need be, but I want to have at least 2 weeks if not more of vital supplies.

My mom basically told me I'm over-reacting. And maybe I am. But frankly it's a good reason to fluff up my food storage and rotate some out. If something happens, I'm more prepared them most. If nothing happens, I have 2 more weeks of food storage supplies.


  1. Seems like a good plan and stuff you could have used anyway.

  2. In 2007 I got the flu--a very NASTY flu strain! Opportunistic bacteria took advantage of my vulnerable lungs and invaded--lucky me--It took me a year and three collapsed lung bouts before I got better. I paid $140 for some antibiotic and also had to take a Gram neg - med. for the lung, bacterial infection. Do I think you are overreacting? No! People incubate these illnesses...doctors over prescribe antibiotics (I waited 8 months before I gave in and took them--but only when my lungs started collapsing--stupid me). I believe ANYTIME you know there is a strain of something ugly going around--don't put yourself at risk. We are responsible for ourselves and I just don't need that crap. Exactly why I RARELY ever eat out anymore. People are dirty! YUCK!

  3. I got a flu shot this Fall and 2 weeks later came down with a stomach virus. It was not pretty and I ended up in the emergency room for 6 hours getting IV fluids and meds. I am going shopping for extra meds and such after the paycheck comes Friday. Even though I have been trying to stock up you never seem to have what you are looking for when you need it. Why is that I wonder.

  4. I am that paranoid. Or at least that pessamistic, lol. I did the same today. If I can't leave the house for 2 weeks, we will be ok.

  5. TOR: Thanks

    8:28; I'm horrible about my own health, but I'm obsessive about my sons. Even then, a flu is a flu and a cold is a cold. I make it a point not to over treat him because I like his immune system strong.

    8:35; I agree. That's why I'm stocking up as well.


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