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H1N1 – I Don’t Like You

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News Link: Study: H1N1 vaccine too late to help most – Washington Times.  That sounds so dismal!

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I can be overly fearful of illness – this is kind of a new fear for me which was probably triggered by my 5-month mono battle earlier this year.  I know that sounds silly – the darned “kissing disease” put the fear of illness into me – but it seriously knocked me for a loop.  Not to mention all the little medical battles Meghan has had to deal with recently.  Ack!  In any case, this darned H1N1 virus is freaking me out a little bit.  I seriously try to read all the sources and reports about it- just to get all sides of the story, but…I don’t know.  I really don’t like this one.

I was completely against getting Meghan vaccinated, but I think I might actually go ahead with it.  My reasons for not getting it are mainly due to my concerns about how safe the vaccine actually is.  I think that as long as I can get a version that comes without Thimerosal (the mercury-containing preservative in vaccines) I think I’ll just have to be okay with getting it for her.  As for whether I’m going to get it…I’m on the fence about it.  I don’t have any underlying medical conditions (aside from the panic disorder, which doesn’t really count.)  A panic/anxiety disorder just makes you think you have underlying medical conditions.  LOL

My main concern is passing it on to family members.  I have a dad gets a lot of respiratory infections, a mom who has diabetes and two young nieces who visit here all the time.  I’m not sure their mom is going to get them vaccinated, due to vaccine/autism fear (my one niece already has a form of autism) and I would hate to infect them.

Well, I have a few more weeks to think about it, I guess.  I’ll keep taking my vitamins, getting enough sleep and sticking to my healthy diet.  As for the rest of my time, I am trying to enjoy this mini-vacation I have been having.   The past few weeks have been spent signing up for a bunch of scholarships and doing a little bit of job-hunting.  A part-time job would really be nice right about now.   I won’t really start worrying about my finances and my unfinished college degree until December.  If things don’t change by then, expect to see some frantic posts about how my life is swirling in a dark abyss of poverty and despair.  :)   Just kidding – I’m sure it won’t get that bad.  Life has such a funny way of working itself out when we least expect it – at least that has always been the case for me.  I’ll just keep my eyes open  and wait to see what happens next.

Well, have a happy Tuesday, everyone!  It’s supposed to beautiful out today…I love autumn!

Snowy October…Again!

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For the second year in a row we had snow in October.  This year wasn’t as bad as last year, but it was still a bit of a surprise.  I had been out helping my nieces’ mom (Rachel) do some housecleaning for a little extra cash when she got the phone call about the weather.  It snowed pretty much all day and didn’t end up sticking until evening.  I’d guess we got about an inch by the time it was all done.  I love the snow, but I definitely want a little more time enjoying the autumn leaves, you know?  The forecast for next week is supposed to be around 60 degrees again, so I guess the winter gloves get to go back in the closet for a little while longer.

My anxiety disorder has acting up…I’m not sure why, but it might have been triggered by the lack of sleep I have been experiencing.  A three-day headache will do that to you!  Luckily, it’s nothing I can’t handle.  I’m just taking it easy, catching up on my sleep when I can and hopefully this weekend will be what I need to get back to feeling like my old self.

My daughter and I went to a meeting at school this past Wednesday to get some more information about the possibility of her traveling to Poland next year as a foreign exchange student.  Truthfully, I’m excited about the idea, but I’m not sure she will be accepted into the program.  She has been struggling this year to keep her grades up.  She’s a really smart girl, but she has been racking up the absences and it’s affecting her grades.  We have an appointment this Thursday with the “tummy doc” and hopefully we’ll get some answers as to what is causing all her abdominal pain.  I just want her feeling better again.  She went from being one of the healthiest kids I know to the kind of kid that catches a cold or virus every other week.  I won’t even go into my fears about the H1N1 flu…if she were to catch that now, I am quite certain it would be one heck of a battle.  :-(

Hmmm…so, what else?

Did you hear about the Balloon Boy?   Basically, this family’s 6-year-old boy – Falcon Heene -  was thought to have been flying over Colorado in a hot air balloon yesterday.  Instead he was actually hiding in the family’s attic the entire time.  To make things even more interesting, there is a possibility that the family knew he was in the attic, but pretended otherwise in order to get a little extra publicity for their family.  Oh goodness.  I would find this incredibly funny except for the fact that they may have actually made this little boy lie about what happened.  Can you imagine how much stress he must be feeling in order to keep that secret?  I do hope that isn’t what really happened.  Meghan and I have a secret addiction to Wife Swap, so we are quite familiar with this particular family – they really are a little odd.  The father (Richard Heene) reminded us a little of the Crocodile Hunter – he had a mix of ADHD behavior with a childlike enthusiasm, but there was something about him that was a turnoff.  He didn’t seem very concerned with teaching his children about respect and manners.  That always bothers me when I see parents like that.

Well, I have a bunch of little tasks to do for the night.  I am trying to organize all my To-Do lists and set up some goals and tasks for the next few weeks.  I have a few job possibilities and I want to get a couple of my web sites up and running again.  I should be nice a busy for the rest of the month.  I like that.

On a very unrelated note…I hate tagging my blog posts.  I really do.  Mostly because I think I stink at it.  I never even look at or use tags when I visit other sites.  If I want to browse through a blog, I will click on the categories…I never really pay attention to tags.  I think I’m missing the point of them.
So, I fail at tagging.
I’ll also never admit to how long it takes me to decide which categories I should use for a blog post….I think I fail at categories, too.  LOL

eHarmony

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I usually try not to use my blog to state too many opinions on world matters, but this irritated me so much. It appears that someone is suing eHarmony.com because they do not offer a matchmaking option for gays and bisexuals to use their service.
Logically, one would assume that if a person is gay and if eHarmony isn’t offering gay matchmaking services, then perhaps eHarmony is not the dating service they should be using. eHarmony has done research and has had years of experience in matching heterosexuals…and it is their right to only offer the service to them. In my opinion, a private business has the right to offer whichever services they feel qualified or willing to offer. The woman is not being prevented from joining the site. They haven’t denied her the right to use the site based on anything. They just don’t have the services she needs. An intelligent person would normally realize this and move on. She, however, has decided it is her right to make eHarmony change their entire site to cater to her sexual preferences.
It’s like me walking into a formal clothing store for men and deciding to sue because they don’t have formal clothing for women. Aren’t private businesses allowed to decide what services they offer and to to whom they want to offer them?

Are we saying that every business now has to cater to every single difference in this world?

Seeing that this case is being held in California, I have very little hope that the outcome will be what it should be, but I have been surprised before.

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Salt Lake Tribune – Lori Hacking

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It strange – I don’t know why this story has me so riveted: Salt Lake Tribune – Lori Hacking I think it’s scary to think that you know someone…and to find out that you don’t know them at all. Not a single person has said anything to the fact that they ‘had a feeling’ something wasn’t right with the husband. He had them all believing lies about him.
To have someone work so hard to live a life of lies…the stress of that and the loneliness. My guess is that the lies started to crumble and he cracked. How sad to think that he couldn’t go to someone for help. How terrifying to think that his poor wife…who loved him…would lose her life because of this. As someone said, it makes you think about all of your other relationships and just how well you know those around you.