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6 January 2013 - 12:39am

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....is supposed to be very bad this year. They are seeing many cases right now, too soon for this time of year, and they are saying that it has not even peaked yet.

Well, the flu has entered our home in the form of my youngest son. I feel SO sorry for him, because he suffered for four to six weeks in the spring getting over pneumonia, he has had a few bronchial infections since then, and now this! He cannot believe it, and he is so frustrated, and he is going "stir crazy. Each day he does not seem to get better at all: just stays the same. His white blood cell count is down, which worries me. They will recheck him in one week.

We are doing everything we can to take care of him: tea with honey, Emergen-C, Airborne tea, Epsom Salts baths, tons of fluids, mainly water, feeding him well (that is a plus: he still has his appetite), taking his vitamins, and everything we know how to do to help him, including encouraging lots of rest.

I am asking that you send some positive thoughts our way: both for him and for the rest of us in this household that WE do not get sick and that we STAY HEALTHY! I have felt like I have been "on the edge" of something every day since New Year's Day now, so I am hoping I can keep fighing off whatever it is, because I DO NOT and NEVER have time to be sick.

And, no. Not one of us had a flu shot this year. My mom already scolded me, because she said I am the one who got after her and my dad, years ago, and encouraged them both to get their shots every year. Once the boys grew up, I kind of got out of the habit, and I haven't had a flu shot for many years now.

Here is the map so you can see how many cases are reported in your state for the last week.

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm

Google trends:

http://www.google.org/flutrends/us/#US

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27 January 2013 - 3:52am
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i did do the onion and i was 90% better the next day!

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27 January 2013 - 6:07am
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That google trend graph is scary. I changed it over to Australia to see how it was last year here which from my experience was pretty bad. Kids at my daughter's school were getting sick for weeks on end with loads of vomiting and stuff. The graph looked bad for last year but not half as bad as the American one this year. I hope you're all feeling better!

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27 January 2013 - 6:27pm
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That google trend graph is scary. I changed it over to Australia to see how it was last year here which from my experience was pretty bad. Kids at my daughter's school were getting sick for weeks on end with loads of vomiting and stuff. The graph looked bad for last year but not half as bad as the American one this year. I hope you're all feeling better!

Although vomiting is usually not involved in the "true flu," by its definition (the flu symptoms are body aches, high fever, cough, chills, hot and cold, etc) there ARE many types of viruses around in addition to the flu!

I always think of flu as being in the cold, like Minnesota, but my mom told me there are people in her park that are in bed with the flu. And all those people are elderly, which makes it more frightening. We truly are having a bad season here. They have closed a few schools for a day or two in certain areas of our state.

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27 January 2013 - 6:31pm
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I'm doubling up on vitamin c, b and Super Lysine. I will swish with some Oreganol. Oh, I read that if you cut an onion (not a lemon) and leave it out, it will absorb bacteria. I hope everyone who is not feeling well gets better soon especially you LW.

Well I guess when it comes to prevention, I will try almost anything! And don't forget your Vitamin D. Studies are showing it is just as effective, if not more, for raising immunity as Vitamin C.

Onion and garlic have been used for many years, and not just an "old wives' tale." Same with good old chicken soup (home made is always better, of course).

I think the number one thing is washing our hands. SO important to wash and try not to touch our faces. The movie, Contagion shows the importance of that. We touch our faces more often than most would believe. Teach those little ones to watch their hands, too. I have so much hand anti bacterial around here it isn't even funny, lol! I won a bunch on Listia and a friend gave me some she got at work: purse size spray. I never leave home without it, lol

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28 January 2013 - 4:08am
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I don't like to use the hand sanitizers because of the ingredients, but the first thing I do when I've been out is to wash my hands. I worry about the elderly getting the flu. I hope we all stay well.

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29 January 2013 - 7:48pm
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Yeah, we can overdo it with killing germs, too, but I still can't go anywhere without my little Bath and Body hand bacs. lol I wash my hands many times per day, too, but when I am somewhere where I can't, I like having a back up in my purse.

I hope we all stay well while we wait for spring to arrive! 🙂

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22 February 2013 - 6:35pm
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I've noticed that most hospitals and doctor's offices have all the sanitizer machines all over now. Many places have the masks too.

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22 February 2013 - 7:05pm
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I've noticed that most hospitals and doctor's offices have all the sanitizer machines all over now. Many places have the masks too.

Yes, they are everywhere now. Wipes at the grocery stores and sanitizers everywhere. I guess I am not the only paranoid person.

One of my doctor's offices even did away with magazines. I guess germs can live on paper up to a certain number of hours.

The big thing is to be aware of touching our faces, and that is a difficult one, because we do it without thinking.

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24 February 2013 - 7:36pm
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i even keep at my desk at work. i dont care if i use the bathroom or something is given to me i use it non stop. after being sick for a month i dont want that again!

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27 February 2013 - 5:51am
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It seems like lately people who get the flu are sick for weeks instead of a week.

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27 February 2013 - 10:43pm
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It seems like lately people who get the flu are sick for weeks instead of a week.

I think it is the viruses that really hang on like that. OR they develop into other things such as sinus infections and bronchitis. For the past few years, when I do get sick it is always one of those that hangs on and on. No more nine day colds for me. (They say three days coming, three days at worst, and three days going). in fact, I don't think I have had only "the common cold" for many years now: always the "crud" instead. lol Still trying to stay healthy this winter. Hurry up, spring and summer! 🙂