Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2009: Education And Information Events: Part 2

Swine Flu in humans is characterized by fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. The illness may last up to seven days but people are considered to be contagious as long as symptoms persist. If you or your child is showing mild flu-like symptoms, monitor and contact your health care provider.

The way the test kit works is very simple. A small spring-action device pricks the little finger. A few drops of blood are placed on the test paper. The sample is sent in an envelope to a lab where the results will be determined. Results are often received over the phone. The privacy is secured with a password. This password is only known by the patient and the lab to ensure confidentiality. You do not have to supply the lab with your name or address. You are provided with a PIN number with your kit that you will use to identify yourself.

Even my marriage suffered during this trying time. There was virtually no productive communication between my husband and myself. He called me on his way home from work simply to gauge my mood. He always wondered what he would find to greet him upon returning home from a long day. Would he find his chipper young wife dashing about putting the final touches on dinner, while finishing up the homework with the kids? Maybe tonight would be a bad one. He would enter our home to find me laying on the couch with the kids warming up a bowl of Spaghetti Os in the microwave.

When it came to decorations, I went crazy buying dozens of cheap grass skirts, covering all the tables in green and yellow linens. I even hand crafted a Paper Mache pig which i had turning over a fake spit. That was awesome.

Then, the food and Drug Administration, the California Department of Health and San Mateo Public health department started testing White Rabbit Candy, which is also made in China and distributed in the U.S. by Queensway Foods Company Inc. The agencies found “high levels” of melamine in that brand. Queensway immediately and voluntarily yanked White Rabbit from some, but not all, store shelves.

I had to drag myself back to the doctor to admit I still wasn’t right. I had taken the steps necessary to work through the problems, but the anxiety just worsened. My emotions swung like a pendulum. I would go through a manic state of mine only to crash, as i referred to it. I had to sleep. No way could I physically or mentally do much of anything. I fantasized of any way imaginable to ease my agony.

Help with what are called the ” Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL).” These include shopping, housekeeping, laundry, and and meal preparation.

It was about 12:15 pm when I arrived. Hubby was slightly ahead of me and had been seated by the time I got there. He left my name at the host stand and the host cheerfully directed me to the table.