Okay, I am just going to throw a couple of things out there and see where they land. Am I the only one who is totally unconcerned about the damn Swine Flu? I keep reading all of these different articles about it, I listen to the hype and the hysteria, and really, it just isn’t getting to me. I don’t believe in anti-bacterial soap and I won’t be sending sanitizer to school with the kids and I most certainly am not going to walk around feeling terrified over something that is really no more deadly to the general population than any other strain of flu. I DO have one child with severe asthma so if there is a vaccine we will all get it (we all have to get a flu shot every year, in fact), but beyond that, I don’t imagine I am going to be too worried.
I believe that part of the reason people get so much sicker now than they used to is because of our nation’s paranoia about germs. Anti-bacterial soap and toilet cleaner and Lysol disinfectant spray and those handy-dandy little bottles with the sanitizer in them and we have no way to build up any kind of immunity. The only time I use any extra precautions is when we have the stomach flu, and basically I don’t do anything different other than wash blankets/sheets/etc in the hottest water possible AND soak the toilet in bleach. Oh, and I like the hand sanitizer thingies in the porta-potties, even though I would rather not USE the porta-potties at all (and please know that I know there are issues sometimes where it HAS to be a concern for households due to existing illnesses; I am not talking about those people, just the general public).
The biggest problem I am worried about in terms of an epidemic (so to speak, and yes, I know the proper word being bandied about is pandemic) in school is lice. Every year it is a huge deal, not just at the elementary level but clear on up into high school. My theory is that it is so expensive to treat (three years ago all three of the older kids got lice, and it was close to $200 to treat them twice like you are supposed to AND to take every item of bedding/clothing/etc…to the laundromat) that parents only do it once, and then don’t follow up with the second treatment. I was preggo with Owen when the kids got it, and the OB guy said “just be careful treating them because you cannot use the stuff on yourself!” I never got the lice, but I felt like I did, so dumped an entire bottle of rubbing alcohol on my head. It burned like hell and I thought I was going to suffocate, but at least it got rid of the feeling that there were little tiny bugs in my hair.
And let me throw this out there, too. Why would any parent put their small child in a pair of shorts with words on the ass? I saw some little-girl shorts last time I was at Wal-Mart (which you all know I think is evil anyway) that said something like “Cutie” on the back of them, and I wanted to scream; in my opinion, when you put your child in clothes like that, you might as well be a walking billboard for pedophiles. I also don’t like t-shirts with “cute” little slogans like, “Teenage Hottie” or shit like that. We all know that there are a lot of people who already think that about our daughters; why would we want to draw even more attention to that?
I don’t know; I am in an odd mood today. Not a bad one, just an odd one. I keep having dreams about blog people, which is really, really strange, and last night my gay boyfriend (I didn’t KNOW he was gay, all right? It puzzled me as to why he never was interested in doing anything more than kissing, but whatever) made an appearance as well. Along with a group of people dropping of a car-load of Christmas presents at the neighbors house and several small animals. Make of it what you will.
And by the way, the coffee this morning? Was ambrosia.