Curiouser&Curiouser... (greenpotato) wrote,

Writer's Block: Swine Times

Are you worried about catching the swine flu? Do you have a plan for avoiding contagion or dealing with quarantine?

In some ways, I am worried that I will end up with this dreaded flu. There have been a few confirmed cases here in Milwaukee, and unfortunately, if it's coming, it's coming to me. I work in a pharmacy in the more impoverished side of the city. Yesterday afternoon, I overheard one of our pharmacists taking in an order over the phone from a doctor for Tamiflu. Fearing the worst, I quickly made a cross with my index fingers and shouted something along the lines of, "screw you guys, I'm getting the hell out of here while I can!" With that, I fled for the door. ((Thankfully, it was the end of my shift, so no one thought too much of it and I'll still have a job on Friday.))

My main concern is not so much that I will get it, as I seem to have a relatively functional immune system. What I do fret about is the fact that I'm more of like... a Typhoid Mary. My husband stays at home with my 7-month-old son while I'm at work. While I am constantly exposed to contagions day in and day out, very rarely do any have an effect on me; however, my husband and son, who are not outside more than once or twice a week, do not have same exposure level. More often than not, if someone at work gets sick, my husband gets sick. He's never even met some of my co-workers, but by God, he's met their strep throat and head colds. Not to mention the fact that there are few drugs out there designed to combat the influenza viruses that are made for children, let alone one as young as mine.

Maybe I'll call in for the next few weeks until this has all blown over?
Tags: swine flu, writer's block
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