Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Whatcha Workin on Wednesday?

I am working on not getting sick....can't afford to be sick. It is the end of the school term...tests, final projects, grades, preps for new classes...who can be gone from school???

Hand washing still proves to be the best defense...but tests show that using hand sanitizer is almost better in some situations. So...keep a bottle handy...





How about those disinfecting wipes...move over lesson plan book and grade book...make room for a container of wipes in your school bag...

Also take advantages of those provided at your supermarket and discount stores...wipe...wipe...wipe.

Then there's the classroom...
Mrs. G, can I use your phone?
Just a minute, please.



Can I use your computer, Mrs. G??
Sure...no problem...


Students who do not feel well are sent to the school nurse for an assessment. There has been a continuous line outside her office. Today this note was posted outside her door...














Here is a peak into the attendance office...There are two women on duty to take phone calls and to sign students out...
An email today shared these flu prevention tips:
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist), having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial, etc. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W). The following message given by him; I feel it makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know. The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is. While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face.
3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot, but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton swabs dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*
5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C. *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
Sooo...in addition, I tell my students...
Wash your hands often;
Do not share beverages or lip gloss;
and absolutely NO KISSING!

9 comments:

marie said...

Thanks for the tips! I hope the germs stay away from you...much be difficult being a teacher...so many germs to choose from!

By the way ~ congrats on the garage cleaning. Our cars wouldn't know how to behave if they ever got to be inside our garage!

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Busy Bee Suz said...

Great post Nat. I have been telling my girls about the no sharing, wash hands and NEVER kiss. :)
Our schools are going to offer the H1N1 shots at school next week.

Nancy said...

Hi Natalie,
I hope you don't get sick, I know how hard it would be if you did with all that you do in your job. But you're doing good by taking precautions. Those are great tips you shared; I'm glad you shared them. The more people who know how to try to keep healthy, the better!
Take care and have a germ and sick free weekend!

Nancy

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Thank for sharing this tips! Nice post!

I Play Outside The Box said...

Are you kidding..."no kissing"? lol

Lori in South Dakota said...

Well, I'm NOT giving up kissing, but I will limit it to one person! I have clorox wipes in my purse, all my vehicles, spray clorox on the cupboard. I have hand sanitizer in my purse. I've even had my regular flu shot a month ago!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Thanks so much for the tips I didn't know about the salt water and the Q-tip method! I'll pass it on to my family!!!

Thanks for visiting my blog and I became a follower of yours:)
Rondell

Lorrie said...

Thanks for the reminder. My son told me these and we'll start today!