First of all, I want to thank everyone one of you for your encouraging comments here as well as your kind email messages. My daughter has recovered from H1N1 virus, and returned to school yesterday. While she does have quite a bit of school work to catch up on, it's not too, too bad because soooo many kids are out with H1N1 that the teachers have slowed down their instruction pace.
Did you ever see the old Peanut's (Charlie Brown) cartoons where the character Pig Pen always has a cloud of dusty dirt floating around him? That's how I picture this virus ... it's just a nasty cloud gleefully dusting it's parasite particles all over everything.
On second thought, it's more like a tornado. Strikes here and there with intense ferocity, causes more damage in some areas than others, and leaves a huge mess in it's wake. I suggest we change the name to Tornado Flu. I'm just sayin' ...
Anyway, my blogging friends, the plot thickens. My youngest daughter is home sick with a sinus infection, and I'm watching her carefully for signs that, in her weakened state, it does not progress into H1N1. My son woke up at 12:15 am this morning with a raging fever and all the symptoms of H1N1. Not one to be left out, my husband is also home sick. I'm doing my best to personally boost the stock price of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and Lysol.
Plus, I'm putting all chickens on alert ... my stew pot is ready to make another batch of the golden elixir ... and I thank you for your service.
So ... it will be a few more days before I'm back to blogging. The good news is that I'll have so much fun catching up on reading all of your past posts!
Looking forward to seeing you soon .... xoxo, Paula
PS: Did I mention that in the midst of all this I cracked a molar (my back tooth) in half vertically? And I mean the sucker is completely split open like a hot dog bun. Yeah, I like to go for the gusto like that. Luckily, the tooth was already root canaled, so the pain isn't off the charts. The dentist won't touch it, and the tooth specialist can't see me until Thursday. My cup of joy runneth over. :-)