Just enough time for a few quick thoughts.
-Went to the H1N1 flu clinic yesterday. It could not have worked out better. I showed up about an hour before it started and was one of the first people in line. Sally brought the boys over right at three when it started. We were through the process in less than a half hour. I think the mid-afternoon start time prohibits some people form getting there, but there wasn’t a line all night long. If you have the chance to go get a shot for your kids this might be the easiest way. the clinic starts a 3pm at the State Fairgrounds.
Megan debunked an email going around about how to avoid H1N1:
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS, DRM, DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years.
The following message given by him, makes a lot of sense.
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing.
2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after 20 initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water . Not everybody may use a Neti pot (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population. Neti pots and sinus rinse kits are available at the drug store and inexpensive….under $15.
5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C . If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
Pass this on to your entire e-list. You never know who might pay attention to it — and STAY ALIVE because of it.
Saltwater swabs in your nose don’t work apparently.
Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.
-The Yawn-kees win the World Series again. In other news the sun did come up this morning.
The best part about this news is that Glee will be back on next week
-The City of Des Moines wants your suggestions about saving money. There were some good ones at the 1st meeting last night. Turn off the lights at City Hall at night…Don’t print a copy of the City’s annual report for every home in the city…etc.
There’s another meeting next Thursday at 7 at the Downtown Library.
-Jeriann says it’s going to be in the 70’s this weekend. Enjoy it while you can!