Monday, October 12, 2009

Back To Alabama

Bill is back in Alabama now, so I'll be back to finding random tv shows to watch while I work at night. For now, Knocked Up has me pretty entertained.

JR has started saying "Dada" like crazy this weekend, and would get AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE to Bill, no matter what they were doing; it was unbeliveably cute. JR can also say "Uh Oh", "Mama", and "HIIIII!".

We went to IHOP after church on Sunday, much to the joy of Little Dude. He finally got one of the pancakes he has been talking about from an IHOP commercial he saw ages ago, and was so happy. JR kept saying "Hiiiiii" to a group of girls sitting near us; both boys made us melt all weekend.

The countdown til Bill gets back? Only 5 days; he will be back for next weekend again, thank goodness!

1 comment:

Caitlin said...

Hey lady!

I'm honestly not sure of what to think about reports that the vaccine is unsafe because it hasn't been properly tested...I mean on one hand, I can see that, but on the other hand, its a flu can't really make them any differently than the seasonal ones (which are safe), you know?

As far as getting the boys vaccinated, I think you're okay to wait. Here are my reasons:

1. The vaccine is in low supply already. It's going to be hard to get enough for everyone, and neither of your children are really in the "high risk" category. Even though JR is less than 2, this flu doesn't seem to be as dangerous to younger children as the seasonal flu.

2. H1N1 is susceptible to anti-virals like Relenza and Tamiflu. Both of these drugs are effective if given no later than 48 hours after onset of symptoms. Watch your boys carefully. If they have flu symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose) take them to the doctor immediately for a rapid flu test. If it's positive, they'll be given the antivirals.

3. Most of the fatalities associated with children with H1N1 occur in children with severe neurodevelopmental conditions: epilepsy, CP, etc. As far as I know, your children dont have similar conditions and are probably less susceptible.

Anyway, I wrote a novel. I'm sorry. Bottom line: I think you're okay to not give your kids the shot. Keep them away from sick people/children, have them wash their hands often, and teach them to cough/sneeze into their elbows. Watch them for signs of illness, and immediately take them to the pediatrician if they display symptoms of the flu. Also, if they display signs of a bacterial infection, take them to the doctor too. We're seeing an increase in H1N1 cases and bacterial co-infections.

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