Wednesday, October 28, 2009

H1N1 Experience

Many of us have had the not so lucky experience with the H1N1 flu virus. I happen to be one of those people. When the media broke news with this potential threat last spring I was not very concerned, until they kept harping on the fact that it was a pandemic. I've been wavering from one side of the spectrum to the other. People die from the regular flu all the time, what is so different from this one that makes it a pandemic? I still don't have a concrete answer for that question, other than the fact that the virus is a bit more stronger.

Now that I've experienced it myself. I don't think it is that bad. I understand that it can easily get out of control especially for those that have other complications, but I do know I have been much sicker with the regular flu about 8 years ago. I thought I was on my death bed.

H1N1 brought on a nasty cough, a relentless fever of about 101.9 for about 3 days, chills and sweats. Keep in mind I caught this early and was fortunate enough to be able to afford to go to the doctor and also pay for the tamiflu which my insurance did not cover! I do believe the tamiflu helped tremendously. I wore a mask for 4 days to protect my family from the virus. It is still early to tell if it worked, but so far no one has contracted it yet. I am worried if my kids get this because they are so young. There isn't much I can do about it at this point.

You might ask about the vaccination, did I get one? The answer to that is not no, but HELL no. I never have had the flu vaccination let alone the new, rarely tested, H1N1 vaccination. I wonder how many people who have gotten the vaccination and have still gotten the flu. hmmm I haven't seen any studies on this yet and I probably won't unless I go searching for them.

So far this is my experience with the H1N1 flu. For the record Jared slept next to me every night I was sick and he insisted I not wear the mask because it freaked him out. He has not gotten sick yet, knock on wood! Hopefully this will be my last day in bed...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Movie Theatre Popcorn

Who doesn't like movie theatre popcorn? Every once in a while Jared will ask me to go to the movie theatre to see a new release. He'll ask me what movie I want to see and in all honestly I don't care as long as I get my popcorn. There is nothing better than movie theatre popcorn and an extra large coke!

I love it enough that when I watch a movie at home I make a point to go to the movie theatre to buy popcorn with butter and occasionally the white cheddar topping. In fact I did this over the weekend, Sunday. I waited until 1:30 pm and I'm glad I held out as long as I did because they were closed. Apparently they don't open until 20 minutes before the first showing.... who knew!I had to ask the ticket lady if I could come in and buy popcorn!

I used to be embarrassed going and just buying popcorn and no movie, but now I don't care - it's just my thing I do.

Who's a lover of movie theatre popcorn!