Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'm getting a HazMat suit.

I have had the flu twice in my life that I can remember.

When I was about 10 years old, I had it. I remember it because of how miserable it was. I don't know if 1989 was a particularly bad flu season or not, but I had it that year. I remember lying in bed with my mother sitting with me. She was reading to me and I had to ask her to stop because listening to her was making my head hurt worse. There were lots of saltine crackers involved, as well as Ginger Ale, Thera-Flu, and chicken soup.. all of which were regurgitated.

I never thought that I would die though, so I guess it wasn't that bad, right?

I had it again last year. It sucked. Aman had it too, and that sucked. But we managed to not pass it to the kids, as far as I can remember.. so that's good.

How? Why?

We're smart.

The government isn't kidding when they talk about prevention methods such as 'wash your hands, cough into a tissue and then throw it away, avoid contact with other people, use bleach to clean household surfaces..'.

Anyway.. situations like this certainly make me thankful for things like home schooling and not having a vehicle. We're pretty much isolated as it is and the only opportunities we have for getting sick are through Aman or if we venture out of the house for church or errands.

I'm thinking that will be kept to a minimum if people in Des Moines start falling ill.

Seriously though, I think the government should just start passing out HazMat suits. Sick or not, wear the suit. It would certainly help to halt the spread of the disease right? I should work for the health department. I'm a friggin' genius.

Okay, probably not.

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Captain Dumbass said...

We should all have big gerbil bubbles. It would prevent a lot of accidents as well. Hell, it would be totally green too since you couldn't drive a car. Ooh, and since you couldn't ride a bus either it would be exercise! If you get that job put in a good word for me too.

Kat said...

I am thinking hazmat suits might scare the kids. Mine used to freak out everytime my husband tried on his gas mask for work.

Only Aman said...

I was just thinking all the sneezes inside the suit, or throwing up inside the suit or well you know, filling up the suit. Not fun.

Maybe if they just nuked the areas that are worse off.


ChurchPunkMom said...

dude, hazmats full of.. sick? ew.

and you might want to rethink nuking.. don't you still have family in Mexico??

I just love how you can gross me out and make me laugh at the same time.

Kristine said...

I'm not sure if I should actually be concerned about this nonsense or just chalk it up to over politicizing. I'm thinking the latter.

I'm still kind of awestruck that the President reminded the nation to wash their hands. Bizarre.

The Mister said...

Speaking just for my own small hospital... we are so not ready for this. Hold on to your butts America. And, if possible, just ride it out on your own sofa.

AravisGirl said...

We should wear HazMat suits all the time.... thousands of people die from the flu every year.

Freddy Gipson said...

They should give out themed HazMat suits as well. Say I want to walk around as Master Chief or Darth Vader. There should be an option for that.

Mama Dawg said...

Yes, but can they make them fashionable? That's what Paris Hilton would want to know.

Kelly said...

Yeah, I guess what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. So let's hope it doesn't kill us!

All about washing hands... Guess my son told my sister-in-law about the bathroom being full of "bad germs" when she baby-sat on Saturday. So I've driven fear into my three year old. Damaged much?

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