Saturday, November 7, 2009

LCM Flu Update

Bummer!
I have 13 pregnant clients and 2 are currently diagnosed with Swine Flu. If you are pregnant and haven't yet been vaccinated, consider getting vaccinated against both seasonal and Swine flu. If you want to talk pros and cons -call your care provider. If you don't already have it on hand, consider getting some Sambucol (elderberry syrup). Please take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) if your fever gets to be over 101. We like our babies in utero warmed, not baked (they say it's a baby in the oven, but the uterus should be a low temp oven).

Swine flu is survivable; I survived my own bout with it two weeks ago. But avoidance is even better. WASH YOUR HANDS. REST. EAT HEALTHY FOODS, ESPECIALLY THOSE HIGH IS NATURAL VITAMIN C. AVOID SICK PEOPLE. CONSIDER GETTING VACCINATED. Currently, the reports are that pregnant women are getting a good immune response with one dose of the novel H1N1 vaccine ('swine' flu vaccine). Not so for children under 10; it looks like 2 doses are needed for an adequate immune response....

My flu was three days on the couch feeling miserable. The after-flu was an unrelenting cough and tight, wheezing chest. What finally broke it was poultice and heat. I did Baby Vick's Rub (it has Lavender and it was in the closet), a thin towel, and a rice pack heated and reheated and reheated agin. If I had been a bit more energetic, I would have tried Maureen's chest poultice -take an onion, cut it in half, bake it for 1/2 hour, let it cool a bit, smash, put in gauze (or thin rag/towel), put on chest, cover with plastic and then put warm pack on top. Sit, breathe, sit, breathe, shower before leaving house.

Breathe....
Michelle

may all babies be born into loving hands
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2 comments:

  1. Number of H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemy cases grows (already more than 30,000 deaths worldwide) and you or one of your family could have this fatal disease. If you want to protect yourself and your family, friends, colleagues -
    only Tamiflu is effective now.
    Please, send this to all who you know, stop Swine Flu H1N1 epidemy now. Tamiflu (Roche) is an antiviral medication for flu prevention and treatment in adults and children aged 1 year and older.
    Tamiflu is recommended for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with swine influenza viruses.

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  2. I apologize -'Dr Eva' is (my cynical guess) a pharmaceutical company generated ad. I do not know how to make the comment go away without delating all comments, past and future.

    Michelle

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