"Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction"-Thomas Jefferson

Monday, November 9, 2009

Reagan is doing great!

Just an update and to say thank you for all the prayers! Reagan is doing WONDERFUL! She only has two more doses of Tamiflu and her oral steroid left to go. After that, she has five more days left to go on her antibiotic. (She has very proactive doctors, and due to her background, and they gave her the antibiotic to prevent a secondary bacterial infection). Her breathing treatments are keeping her cough under control now that she's on the oral steroid.

She is running around playing having a great time and tomorrow we'll see the doctor and hopefully get clearance to let her back around other people!

In the meantime, keep Josh in your thoughts. He did go to work today, but yesterday he spent most of his time asleep and under the influence of a fever. I'm well-just a nice head cold and cough--but what can you expect when you're thrown up on, coughed on and used as a human tissue (hey, what else are moms for!?)

By the way, here are some tips for avoiding the flu, especially if you have children:

1. Constantly wash hands--a great hand sanitizer is the Germ-X foaming hand sanitizer without alcohol, although it still rids your hands of 99.9% of the germs when used properly.

2. Lysol has been shown to kill the flu virus. Make sure if you use Lysol you leave it on surfaces for at least ten minutes so it has time to effectively kill the virus.

3. Have your child change clothes upon arriving home from school or daycare. Remember, they've spent all day with other germy kids!

4. Sneeze in your sleeve if you don't have tissues available..NOT your hands!

5. Good old fashioned soap and water is best for removing germs--remember to wash vigorously for at least 20 seconds (sing the happy birthday song) under running water. Part of the reason for this is that the action of rubbing your hands together helps get rid of the germs.

6. Eat healthy foods to help boost your immune system: fruits, vegetables, whole grains.

7. Keep a tissue box full of tissues taped to an empty tissue box...this way you always have some place to throw your used tissues.

8. Finally, make sure your child gets plenty of rest and fluids..taking care of yourself is the best way to avoid getting sick.

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