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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Flu 2013 and Remembering 1918

The flu...what can I say? I watched the news last night and found that of our 3 big hospitals in Rockford, Il. there are only 5 beds available. A scary thought. The ER's are overflowing....the last place I would want to go right now.

I can remember stories about the flu pandemic back in 1918. I believe that my family was traveling to the west coast during this terrible time, by train. I remember Dad saying that his dad was transferring  to Seattle for his job. He went on early and my Grandma traveled later, with her 6 small children. That must have been some trip for her. When they arrived, this pandemic had begun. Dad was 3 years old at the time.He told me this story as an old man and his memory was going...but he remembered his Mom being gone day and night...nursing other people.My family lucked out and no one died.How my Grandma took care of sick people and didn't get sick herself is a wonder to me.  The 1918 flu pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920) was an unusually deadly influenza which infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the arctic, and killed 20 to 50 million of them—1 to 3 percent of the world's population at the time—making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.They set up big wards like the one above for people to gather who were sick.People became nurses overnight.Families got along without Moms, while the healthy ones took care of the sick ones.
This flu outbreak won't be like the one in 1918...we have resources to fight this disease. We can all do our part to help out. Wash hands often, don't go to work, Church, school, meetings etc if you have the cough or are sneezing. Stay away from family members who are out of your household... who are sick if you can. Stay home, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and juices, right now might be the time to stock up on cold preparations, tissues, hand sanitizers, cough drops, a thermometer, aspirin or whatever you take to bring down a fever, gatorade etc.. It's better to be safe than sorry. If you do get the flu...then you won't have to go to the drug store and take a chance of spreading it.The grocery stores have wipes right by the carts. Use one now and clean up the handle of the cart you are using.
Hopefully, we will be OK and this will be over soon. Until then...I might hibernate and get all those projects done..


Blondie's Journal said...

Very interesting post and your tips are appreciated. When I was a little girl in a family of seven children, when one of us became sick, we all did. Although that sometimes happens now with my family, it's getting more rare that it spreads among us as we are good about hand washing and I really pay special attention to the kitchen and baths when cleaning.

What is surprising me with the flu that is going around here, is that it lasts so long. Up to 2 weeks in some cases. And the thought that the hospitals are overcrowded is scary. Best to take precautions.


Zoey said...

I feel the same, Balisha. I only go to work and come home. If anyone comes in to my office and is sick, I immediately wipe everything down as soon as they leave. No trips to any stores for me. I did get my flu shot, so I hope it works!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I am so very careful at this time.
Being on prednisone and my immune system not up to par I surely do not want to come down with something. I shop very early and not many in stores. Have started carrying a bottle of alchol in car with washcloth to wipe my hands.
My son keeps telling me these sanitzing wipes are no good for you - but still use them but not as much.
Here is hoping we all stay well...
If I hear someone cough - I run the other way.