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Author: toni

~ 04/12/10


As Gilda Radner once said “it’s always something”. This week, the flu. And for those of you who are keeping track, yes, it’s the second time we’ve been hit this season. Ironic since we all had the seasonal flu AND the H1N1 vaccines. Which leads me to ask WHAT WAS THE POINT?

Well, like one of my docs once said to me, ” It’s not the SCIENCE of medicine, it’s the ART of medicine.” I guess it was his fancy way of saying “nobody knows anything”.  Not exactly comforting, true, but I found it refreshingly honest.

Anyway, no post today. But I’m working on one I’m calling, “Are women really stronger when they’re sick, or do they HAVE to be?”  Cuz you notice how, even if you’re running a 103 degree temp and want nothing more than to be under blankets being taken care of, you’re taking care of everyone else in the family? Nature or necessity? Hmmm.

Meanwhile, enjoy this old ad about Bayer aspirin. Laugh at the unbelievably neat sick kid’s room, the super put-together mother, the supposedly “child-proof” lid on the aspirin bottle and the fact that that little 5 year old boy is wandering the neighborhood unsupervised (none of which fits into today’s mommy reality).

But remember, don’t give your kid aspirin when they have the flu. Stick to Tylenol or Motrin, it’s safer. And don’t forget that you can alternate these to keep the fever down and ensure that you’re not overdosing your kid on either med.

Here’s hoping this late season flu doesn’t get you and yours. Now, back to my bed-ridden husband.




NOTE: Click on my PINK LINKS above for further info on the subjects.  Or CLICK HERE for a website on how to handle your kid’s flu.

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  1. What do you mean, “unbelievably neat” kid’s room? Julia’s room is just as neat as the Bayer bedroom, if not neater! As for Motrin or Advil, they contain acetominophen, which damages kidneys, especially in children. Better to get tested for aspirin sensitivity or phenylketonuria to see if aspirin should be avoided. Acetominophen damage is cumulative, and takes a while to heal.

    Comment by bruce — April 16, 2010 @ 10:16 am

  2. Julia’s room is generally neat, true. Nut NOT when she is sick. There are blankets piled high. Plastic grocery bags doubling as barf bags. Thermometers and all manner of medications. And then the cleenex discarded here and there. As for the acetominophen. That is why mommies know to alternate Tylenol and motrin, so as not to OD our kids on the meds. And we only do this when there’s a high fever.

    Comment by toni — April 16, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

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