Monday, May 4, 2009

The Swine Flu, or if you prefer H1N1

First of all, DONT DO THIS!!!! It may not give you the flu but it is just WRONG.
My daughter, who lives in Los Angeles, California has been fighting a case of the Swine Flu for the past two weeks. In light of all the media hype and hysteria she took the time to share her insights on the experience.

"It would be nice to do something positive for others out of this experience. "

In regards to the H1N1 virus, I agree that it's important that the world know the precautions that have been so thoroughly explained by the media. However, it is also important for those "unconfirmed" cases who are sick at home diligently taking their Tamiflu® to know how to care for themselves now that they are already sick. These poor individuals have nothing better to do than stay at home alone watching scary television reports, as they lay in bed terrified. The media has failed them as far as letting them know what they should do NOW.

I am not a doctor, but this would be my personal advice for those of you already ill:
You NEED to take care of yourself!Keep taking your Tamiflu®.
If you have a bad cough and/or bad congestion, here are some things to remember:
Do not lie down flat to sleep. Try to keep up at least a 45degree angle. You can do this by simply propping pillows up behind you in bed.
Take a cough suppressant/expectorant such as Robitussin.
Take a hot bath (if your temperature seems normal) or take a steamy shower to loosen congestion.
Vapor rubs for the chest are helpful.
Call your doctor for advice if any symptoms worsen, change, or your breathing becomes labored.
This flu attacks the respiratory system, putting you at high risk for pneumonia if you are not taking proper care. If you are coughing up yellow or green flem, you may need an antibiotic as well to help you recover as you may have developed an infection as a result of the flu.
If you have a high fever you can rub alcohol all over your body with a wash cloth (start at the top of your head and work down to your toes) to reduce fever quickly. If you don't have rubbing alcohol in the house, vodka also works. ;-)Tylenol will help with the headache and is also a fever reducer.Drink lots of water and also OJ and chicken broth, which has natural antibodies to help you get well.
Drink hot water or hot mint tea with lemon and honey for that sore throat. Throat sprays such as Vicks Sore Throat formula 44 offer fast pain relief for your throat.
Eat mild foods like toast that are gentle on your sensitive stomach. Plain crackers will help with nausea.
Theraflu Flu & Chest congestion offers pain relief, and aids in chest congestion, sore throat, headache, body ache and fever which are almost all the symptoms one experiences with the H1N1 virus.
Tissues with lotion will help so your nose doesn't become more sore than it already is. Kleenex makes an anti-viral tissue that helps cut down on the amount of germs floating around.
Keep washing your hands and washing away germs!
Sleep! It's the best medicine.
If you've been in bed for a few days and it's not too cold outside, then open a window to let some fresh healing air in.
If you are in bed- watch funny movies on TV when you are not sleeping because laughter actually IS good medicine!
I thought this might be helpful to those ill with H1N1 flu/virus.
If you are sick at home with H1N1 or any other flu, send a loved one or friend with the following shopping list of items that will help to ease your discomfort as you fight & recover from flu.H1N1
Shopping List:

PHARMACY/DRUGSTORE-Tamiflu® (as prescribed by your doctor)
-Inhaler or nebulizer treatment (if prescribed by your doctor)
-Antibiotic such as Zithromax/Azithromycin (if prescribed by your doctor to fight infection caused by flu aggravation)
-Airborne formula
-Robitussin DM (cough suppressant/expectorant)
-Tylenol (for headache and fever reduction)
-Triaminic Runny Nose/?Congestion Chewable Tablets
-Vick Vapor rub
-Theraflu Flu & Chest congestion
-Vicks Sore Throat formula 44
-3 boxes Kleenex anti-viral tissues-Rubbing alcohol (rub on entire body to reduce fever)
-Hand sanitizer*Please make sure to read and follow all instructions for any medication!GROCERY (4-5 day supply)
-1 gallon orange juice-2 quarts chicken soup
-1 loaf bread (for toast)
-Saltine crackers
-Mint tea
-Any movies that will make you feel happy!

I also found the following link somewhat helpful.

I hope that this has been helpful and wish all who are ill a speedy recovery!
Editor’s note;
Peter 2:4 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

James 5:14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.