Monday, November 9, 2009

The Impact of the H1N1 Coverage

Daughter slept all afternoon, and came down around 5:00 and announced she was hungry. Since she hadn't eaten since about 8:30 this morning, I'm not surprised. As we were eating supper, she announced that she was afraid she was going to die. She doesn't watch the news, but she'd seen and heard enough to know that H1N1 is dangerous and people are dying. Far Away Sister tells me that Nephew has repeatedly expressed the concern that he is going to die. He's been sick since Friday. His temperature is beginning to come down, but it was still over 102 this afternoon.
While it's important to educate the public about the danger of this flu, I think it's a shame that the coverage has resulted in Nephew and Daughter being terrified that they're going to die. It's hard enough being sick without that worry hanging over their heads.
Today was my day off, and C still came this morning (I warned her Daughter was sick) and we tackled the guest room, which had become a junk room. We've made great progress, but there is still much more to do. Tomorrow Secretary will be in the office. I can't leave Daughter alone for any length of time and I don't want to take her to the church, so I'll be running back and forth and emailing a lot of documents to the church. It's going to be a long week....


maeve said...

We got the live attenuated vaccine last Wednesday. Our pediatrician got 360 doses and I jumped at the chance. There's H1N1 in her school and I'm trying to beat the virus. Tonight in the car she told me that the vaccine had caused her to get flu: she was stuffed up and was coughing. So silly. She's fine. Funny what they hear from classmates and believe and then get symptoms to match the rumor.

I think your daughter has flu of one type or another. I'm hoping that we've avoided both: she had the regular flu a couple of weeks ago and the swine stuff last week.

I'm so glad you have C to help you with this stuff. I'm not glad that DD and nephew are scared that they will die.

On the other hand, I'm thrilled that the congress has passed the health care bill and sent it to the senate. Many folks who aren't covered will be covered if this passes and many will not need to pay if they can't afford to pay.

My girl has mental health issues who are covered on my Medicare D insurance but that isn't guaranteed. She needs her therapist and she won't have her therapist unless this passes. It's a pay now or pay later issue.

Reverend Mom said...

As usual, you are a very wise woman.