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  •  Are you feeling pandered to ? (2+ / 0-)
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    bablhous, npbeachfun

    I've got bells ringing, and red flags popping up all over the place... Take your Duct Tape and Visqueen just in case.

    -8.63 -7.28 "Congress _ a group of men who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done."

    by OneCrankyDom on Fri May 18, 2007 at 05:40:00 PM PDT

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      georgia10

      here. We know from public health surveys that people don't even prep for hurricanes in hurricane zones,  not even after Katrina.

      See also:

      Why Don't People Prep? New Survey

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Fri May 18, 2007 at 05:43:16 PM PDT

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      •  guess the cynic in me is awake (0+ / 0-)

        it's my b'day and i'm very surprised I'm still sucking air. Bird flu is the least of my problems.

        I'm sure any form of planning is better than none if you can afford it. I don't happen to be one of those that can.

        -8.63 -7.28 "Congress _ a group of men who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done."

        by OneCrankyDom on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:12:26 PM PDT

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      •  We've stocked up on food, medicine, (1+ / 0-)
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        and other supplies - we're in earthquake country so we've always been a little more prepared than usual. Katrina hammered the need for preparation home (Thank you, AlphaGeek)

        Specifically for flu, we've spent some family time talking abut this and planning. This includes members who don't live in our household. We've discussed what we will do when the Big Flu does hit.  A couple of them with no in-house support systems will be coming home to hunker down with us, should the time come. The ones who aren't coming here will monitor us and we them by phone so if someone gets sick, we'll know pretty quick.

        We've laid in fluids such as soups, broths, juices, bottled water; herbal palliatives such as Osha Root (helps open breathing passages and liquifies mucous), cough drops, zinc lozenges, OTC flu preparations as well as ingredients for our family Flu Tea recipe (ginger root, cardamom, lemon grass, coriander, star anise, black peppercorns, brown sugar or honey. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, add the sweetener, serve and drink hot.)  Dramamine and chamomile tea. Breathe Right strips - while promoted to decrease snoring, they work because they hold the nasal passages open - helping you to sleep more soundly when congested. I mix a foul-tasting mixture of various herbal extracts that we've found effective in relieving flu symptoms that we call 'Flu Goo'. I've got a good stock of these ingredients.

        We've laid in face masks and anti-bacterial hand cleaner, kleenex and Vicks. We have a vaporizer and a humidifier.

        We all get flu shots whenever they are offered. We're paying greater attention to our basic health - more related to keeping doctor's visits down but it pays off when the flu hits as well.

        We have changed how we wash our hands - longer and more thoroughly. We've got the grandkids singing the Alphabet song to time their hand washing. They take it seriously and we can monitor them. ("I didn't hear anybody sing. Did you wash your hands?"  They're young enough to be honest about it.) We've taken to coughing into the bend in our arm instead of our hands. The kids get a kick out of this too.

        I've established that I can work from home and have done so occasionally in order to iron out any glitches and to prove that it can work.

        I keep tabs on the Flu Wiki too.

        "We're all in this together" -- Harry Tuttle, legendary plumber

        by bablhous on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:40:07 PM PDT

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