Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Mitch's picture Mitch

It's amazing how few people will actually skip work or school if they're sick. Especially as somebody who rides public transportation everyday, I'd be quite happy if people were overly cautious while this is going on. Have people always done this?

A pretty amazing swine flu story just popped up. There was a big video game convention in Seattle last weekend that drew 50,000 people, at least one of whom arrived toting swine flu along with his Nintendo DS. It spread like wildfire among the attendees, who had come from all over the country. They have a list of flights and trains out of Seattle that were carrying confirmed cases, but as the list got so long they eventually just said that everybody should assume to have been exposed to it. Sort of an interesting case study.

Also terrifying.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Very terrifying, I agree. Yikes.

It is interesting how many people actually drag themselves to work even when they're not feeling well. I'm not sure it's always been this way. But I think the combination of work ethic on over-drive, multi-tasking lifestyles, the economy, etc. is just making people less aware of the need to take care of themselves (and others who don't want to be exposed to their germs!).

I can't tell you the number of students who come to class sick and sit, hacking their way through it--especially at midterm and final exam time. Many of my students don't have access to healthcare here and I think they just plow on, and don't think about the consequences.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Last spring I felt so nervous about it because of the unknown aspect of what it would do to everyone who got it. I guess now I'm just thinking that I could end up writing a few more sub plans if my kids end up with it, and that I should get used to kids being out of class and helping them do make up work (which can be tricky in my field of teaching). I hope that we all manage to dodge it, though it seems unlikely. So here's my question for you...will your family do the immunization when it comes out?

mouse's picture mouse

A mild form (confirmed as H1N1) went through our middle school recently and hit the other schools, though less severely. Our neighbors both had it and I assume we were exposed. Trillian actually thinks we had a mild version the first time it went around, and I wouldn't be surprised since it didn't hit the schools harder this time.

Being pregnant, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the vaccine they'll be offering soon. Since I'm pretty sure I've been exposed, probably twice at this point, I'm probably going to skip it. And use lots of hand sanitizer when I sub!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Omaha--I don't think we will get the kids vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine. I'm not against vaccines in general, but I'm wary of brand-new vaccines and just don't want to be "rushed" into getting it for the kids without being certain.

I still think lots of hand-washing and good, safe hygiene can be the best prevention--not perfect, but very helpful.

SafeMedicines's picture SafeMedicines

We wanted to pass along a very important warning from the FDA regarding counterfeit H1N1 medications for sale online.

The warning comes after the FDA purchased and analyzed several products advertised online as Tamiflu, one of which contained none of the active ingredient. Several others were not approved for use in the U.S.

NBC Nightly News recently aired a segment on counterfeit H1N1 drugs, which you can view here:

We urge you to follow FDA recommendations and buy only FDA-approved medications from licensed pharmacies here in the U.S. We also encourage you to read the full FDA warning which is available on our web site and on the FDA's web site.

- Megan from the Partnership for Safe Medicines

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thank you, Megan--this seems very important.