SandwichINK’s Microblog Monday – Swine Flu – 4/27/09

Welcome to SandwichINK and Microblog Monday. This is the weekly recap of all the interesting and informative new links concerning the Sandwich Generation , including caregiving, grandparenting, grandkids, etc. that I’ve discovered on Twitter. Since the first item is the Swine Flu and I have several links for that, I’ll actually be doing this post in two parts, with part two posting tomorrow.

First up today is a bit of a warning. You’ve probably already heard, but if not, the US has declared a public health emergency because Swine flu has been discovered in Mexico and the U.S. According to MSNBC, as of Sunday at 5:30 p.m. EST, “Napolitano said the emergency declaration is a warning, not a notice of imminent danger, similar to preparing for a hurricane…Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC, said that compared to cases in Mexico, ‘what we’re seeing in this country is mild disease,’ noting that the U.S. cases would not have been detected without increased surveillance.” The thing that concerns us, as caregivers, most, is that its impact is hardest on elderly adults and children such as our precious grandkids. There doesn’t appear to be any immunity but there are some medications that can help. Here are some good links to read, including some to save as resources:

MSNBC – Global race is on to contain swine flu outbreak

CDC – Swine Flu – “Infected people may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. What should I do to keep from getting the flu? First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.” There is medication available that may be able to help. It would appear it needs to be started within the first two days of illness.

How to Track Swine Flu – Several Methods from Mashable

How to Track Swine Flu – HealthMap The Mashable article suggests clicking in the left column in the DISEASES, last 30 days category box – select NONE first to clear all the checks, then only select INFLUENZA. This, of course, will show all forms of influenza including Swine Flu, so be prepared to see a lot of flags. [NOTE: This link worked fine when I first started working on this post at 7 p.m. At midnight, it’s trying to load but unsuccessfully. My guess is that it’s being overloaded with users. I’m going to leave the link here in the hopes they’ll be able to fix the problem in the next day or so and I think it is a useful tool. If it doesn’t work the first time you try it, you might come back to it later in the day.)

Swine Flu News Alerts on Twitter (And yes, I’m definitely going to be following them)

MOST IMPORTANT, this information is provided for research and resource information only. If you have any cause for concern of any kind about the health of an aging parent, a grandkid, yourself, or anyone else you care for, please contact your doctor immediately. They are the best resource of all.

A merry heart does good, like medicine , so here’s a bit of medicine for us all.- A very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune is to go there with a large fortune. 🙂 Thank you for that chuckle to @ timbury and @ needmoneycom .

Good News! Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Ps34:19 "With deliverance comes blessing." @ heartofwisdom

That’s all for part 1. Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 2, with links of interest for grandkids and grandparents, caregivers, and more 🙂