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So my people sister tested positive for Type A Flu. Mom was told that this means, as suspected that Moni has the flu. OK. Mom asks, what, H1N1? Well, I didn’t say that, says the nurse, this test was to determine if your daughter had Type A or Type B Flu. She has Type A. Nurse goes on to say how people with swine, or as you say H1N1, test positive for Type A, so there you go. Treat her as you are with plenty of rest, and keep pushing the fluids. She does not have a urinary tract infection, the results of the urine test were normal (except earlier noted dehydration). Mom talked to the nurse a bit more about how Moni was improving, well hydrated, but still feverish. Nurse was glad to hear there is marked improvement. OK, sounds like mom will call if Moni develops anything worse or the symptoms get worse. Mom asked the nurse again about H1N1, and nurse reassures mom that ‘we’ do testing for H1N1 if a child is hospitalized. OK, mom just wants Moni to get better and moves on with this phone call business and accepts Type A Flu as the understood illness. Forget about H1N1, swine.

Here is the burning question??????? And I bet my mom is seriously concerned about this too.

Here it is……….. …drumroll…

How accurate are our statistics if people are not doing specific tests for H1N1 at the onset of learning a person has Type A Flu???

Here are the Center For Disease Control weekly stats on the Flu (Type A):
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
I understand the whole logical deduction here – Most people with Swine Flu test positive for Type A, but not all people with Type A test positive for Swine Flu. The % of those who do not is near none. And how many people do not get further testing to determine if they have H1N1 (swine)?
BUT – look at the statistic in blue – I took a screen grab from the CDC.gov website – here it is (you can click on the screen grab and read about it clearly):
CDC Stats screen grab

Why aren’t we reporting our statistics more accurately? I mean, my sister might have H1N1, but we just don’t know. If she went to a doctor in another state, let’s say Connecticut, we would be told she has H1N1, based on her symptoms (my opinion only that a doctor would diagnose that way, based solely on hearsay).

Are we not reporting, so we can in fact have lower numbers to report to the World Health Organization (WHO)? I mean what is the deal? Now this is an interesting read from the World Health Organization and may offer some clarification, or just might raise more questions in your mind (click on the screen grab and you can read their documented “Situation Update”)
WHO screen shot - understanding the stats

Remember, this is Cooter LaRouge reporting, good night, and stay well.

Stay Well and Get Plenty of Rest.

Stay Well and Get Plenty of Rest.

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http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/28/nyt-bill-clinton-holding-grudge-against-ted-caroline-kennedy/
I’m leaving my comments whenever I can… and I really feel Bill Clinton should own one of us… we’re great companions and sounds like he can use a friend. Hey, whatever you political views are, a Dogue de Bordeaux can take away your worries ~ and there are a few up for adoption at the Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue site!!!

And please don’t worry, you’ll keep your good looks. I’m not sure how this happened, I don’t know if he ever owned one of us, but seems like this fine gentleman, Fred Thompson, started to look quite like my breed… quite like me that is… or am I morphing into him?

Am I beginning to look like Fred?

Am I beginning to look like Fred?


Do you think Bill needs a Bordeaux???
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/28/nyt-bill-clinton-holding-grudge-against-ted-caroline-kennedy/
Are you confused?

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Dad went shopping today.  Guess the price of a 10-pack of paper towels?

 

 

Sad about the Paper Towels

Sad about the Paper Towels

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I’ll Bark for You!!  I just can’t believe how many people help out animals when our food or toys are tainted.  Now let me help out children as best as I can.  I want to understand why toy manufacturers have been producing toys with phthalates &/ or lead.  This is fully toxic.  If you were aware of what your toys were made of, you’d likely buy less!  Just as processed foods contain toxins due to the “processing”, apparently toys have become overly processed as well, and full of toxins.

And just when will we find out the truth about processed foods in its entirety?  Will we find that there is a link between the processed foods and long-term neurological effects?  Will the chemicals found in some toys be a link?  Will this be the bursting bubble?  And as if that is not enough, what about the toys?  Will the bubble burst on that and we see a rise childhood medical issues as more and more toys were found to have been tainted with chemicals such as as mercury and arsenic, not to mention-the well publicized- phthalates and lead!?

But as with anything important, there is a dichotomy.  IS over-regulation is now hurting the smaller toy manufacturers and mom & pop shops selling hand-made toys?

… if you want to go ahead and manufacture toys with chemicals, just provide an “ingredient list” so we ‘smart consumers‘ can make a purchase.

Who is talking???

http://www.healthytoys.org

http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.HTML

etsy’s handmade blog

http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia

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Eyes wide open, head tilted, ears perched…

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Americana & folk Art on etsy.com

Americana & folk Art on etsy.com

Check out etsy.com – this is their front page for the moment – LOVE all that folk art and Americana… big inauguration day here!!!
Really, if you are in the market for folk art, etsy is really the place to be. By nature folk artists are self taught – it is no wonder you find amazing talent on etsy where artists are representing themselves! You can really find some great prices too for one of a kind, original folk art!!! OK barking and need to go out…

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To quote my mom:
Handmade is personal and not a quick buck type of venture, there is soul in what you sell here[etsy.com].
Here’s a forum discussion on an article which was published yesterday on CNN re: etsy
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5999953&page=1 (become an etsy member and you can join in on forum discussions too)

It turned into a discussion on etsy, sellers, and link here to the article in CNN that started it all.

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