Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu, and Cell Phones, Too





What did I learn this week? Hmmmm.......
I have been watching the news and learned some things about the swine flu. I learned you prevent swine flu the same way you prevent other flu....wash hands, cover mouth when sneezing and coughing, avoid sick people, don't touch anything and then your face, avoid people who are sick (I hate that one piece of advice. If healthy people avoid sick people, who is going to take care of the sick person?), and keep hand sanitizer on hand. The news also said to let it dry on its own, and not wipe it off. The hand sanitizer. Geesh!
It is good to know that you prevent swine flu the same way as regular flu. My friend Candy tweeted that thousands of people have died from the regular flu this year, yet we don't get our shorts in a bunch over it the way we do swine flu. Look, I am not making fun of swine flu. I know people have died, and I am sorry. I am just saying that I learned that prevention is the same as for regular flu, and that is good news, because regular flu can be bad news, too. That's what I learned this week. Yep!
Oh, I also learned how to check to voicemail on my cell phone. That could be useful, too.

19 comments:

sherri said...

I love the floral phone cover!

Where do I get one?

And you (and Candy) are right about the flu, but
I'm not fond of shots- I need a huge pill to swallow instead.

Helen said...

Actually, the phone isn't mine. I just googled cell phone pictures, and picked that one from some stock photos.
I don't think there is a vaccine for the swine flu. I think it really is just a matter of avoidance right now. And the flu isn't always easy to avoid. Still, it hasn't reached panic proportions yet, just care proportions, you know?

Wendy said...

Want to avoid the swine flu? Stay in bed until it passes. Make sure you have the tv remote nearby and surround yourself with trashy novels. Yes, trashy novels are like swine flu repellant. Oh, and you should probably have a small freezer next to the bed that's stocked with Ben & Jerry's.

Helen said...

Wendy, I really appreciate the suggestions. Do mysteries count? I love mysteries. The ice cream, I will have to pass on. I had a Steph episode on Saturday after a piece of chocolate cake, and am now actually afraid of sweets. Go on. Click it and find out what I am talking about. You know you want to.

Nick the Geek said...

you should also avoid monkye butt. I hear it causes swine flu

Beth said...

Haha. I think we are about the same when it comes to cell phone literacy....

:)

katdish said...

Oh Helen!

Thank you so much for linking that post. It has one of my all-time favorite quotable katdish moments of all time. And now I will share it here:

LET THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH DECLARE:

KATDISH IS RIGHT! I TOLD YOU SO! KATDISH IS RIGHT! I TOLD YOU SO!

Steph - Maybe it's just dysentary or some other horrible communicable disease, not the chocolate. (You're welcome. I'm a glass half-full kind of gal.)

Helen - I am in dumbstruck awe of your full blown lunacy followed by brief moments of apparent sanity. I am not worthy. (hanging my head in shame)

(You just made my day.)

Michelle said...

Do you know how I prevent swine flu? I don't think about it or listen to one word about it at all EVER!!

It's as if it does not exist in my world. And it doesn't!!

That is all!

Helen said...

Michelle, I agree that you shouldn't worry about it more than any other flu. Or less than..
Nick, I have been trying to avoid Monkye Butt for weeks now...
Beth, I feel better knowing that younger and hipper people have problems like that too.
Katdish, when it comes to lunacy, you (and Bob) are the wind beneath my wings....

Billy Coffey said...

I gotta say that this whole swine flu thing has finally broken me. Swine flu, economic crisis, housing failure, blah, blah, blah.

I have decided to go outside, lie in the backyard, and just wait until the end comes.

Or until I get hungry.

Candace Jean July 16 said...

I think Swine Flu (technically known as the N1H1 virus) is a vast government conspiracy to get our attention away from the economic crisis. 36,000 people die from the flu every year. Why is this any big deal? And why is all the hand sanitizer gone now and it wasn't before? Do people have to get scared into washing their hands? People blame the media - I can't because that's my bread and butter, and besides, they are just the messenger for all those press releases. Ugh. Just wash your hands and don't swap spit with a Mexican pig right now.

And Helen, way cool phone. So glad you'll finally listen to my messages!

Annie K said...

I'm heading to Mexico. I'll avoid the pork. And the tequila should kill any virus or infection.

Helen said...

Billey, why do I want to spell your name Billey? Swine flu sounds scarier than regular flu, doesn't it? Still, I really see Candy's point. Thousands of people die of the regular flu every year, and we don't have regular flu maps on t.v. and schools shutting down.
Candy, how do you get bread and butter from the media. I am curious. Should I have put you down on my facebook 5 famous people I know. I thought you were a nurse. You'll be glad to know that I am very selective about whom I swap spit with.
Annie, are you really headed for Mexico now? Have fun! I feel silly telling you to be careful, when we have nine suspected cases here in Chicago now. Here I was yesterday praying real hard for Marni, Katdish, and Steph, and I forgot to add "Please keep it out of Illinois, thank you." And I knew I was forgetting something at the time!

Annie K said...

Helen, I'm not really heading to Mexico (wishful thinking). But if I had the bucks I would. Swine flu or not.

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

Okay! I'm here! I know you were all wondering if the pigs or monkeys got me. But it was not to be. No, but I apparently needed to rest. I slept for two hours after dropping kids off yesterday. And then by 6 pm, I was wiped out again.

Today I've been on the go since 8. Which means I am either well or about to regret it this afternoon.

Helen, sorry about the chocolate incident. I feel for you. Deep deep empathy.

And do you like how Katdish managed to make your experience, and a link to my blog, about HER?!

It's a gift, I think.

As for actual swine flu... I'll do what I always do: practice denial unless/until someone collapses.

Now off to actually write on MY blog.

katdish said...

Why thank you Steph! It is, isn't it?

P.S. - Don't read my post on Google reader. It's not done yet.

Helen said...

Katdish, 2 L8

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

"P.S. - Don't read my post on Google reader. It's not done yet."

Yeaaaaahhhhhhhhhh... No, I wouldn't dream of reading it now that you've mentioned that it exists.

I promise.

BTW, Glad I can still tweet about Nirvana aka Walmart.

Helen said...

Yeah, do all of our scheduled for later drafts go into google reader right away? Because while my schnitzel post is done, I think it would be more fun on Silly Saturday than when I have already posted. I know that laughter is the best medicine, but we don't want to overdose!