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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bring out the dead!


Not much of a post today.  There's a hideous illness sweeping the mountains, and my dear wife brought it home this past weekend.  Any kind of creeping crud that breaks out, she gets from her kids at school. Because mom and dad both have to work, they send junior to school no matter how sick he is. The result of that rather shortsighted policy is that the school acts as the disease epicenter .  So I took care of her, you know how you do when your spouse is sick.  Make them a bed on the couch by the tv, bring them crackers and coke or ginger ale. I also washed all the dishes in very hot water with dish soap, but not anti-bacterial dish soap.  I have a septic tank so you don't go pouring bleach, mouthwash, etc. down there.  Somewhere in there I must have rubbed my eyes, or touched something like a tissue because now I have it. 

30 comments:

  1. Sorry about the crud. Really miserable when you are both sick. Do you guys keep any Echinacea around?
    I make my own tincture, but if you can get a bottle to keep around for the next nasty bug, it is amazing for stimulating your immune system. A dropper full in a glass of water until symptoms subside is the usual protocol. Best to use as soon as you feel something trying to take a hold of your health. You can find it here http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/extract/d-m.php
    Then... a question. I'm pretty well set with enough ammo for all the boom sticks here, except the .30-40 Krag. Any tips on finding ammo for that old beauty?
    JF

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    1. No, we haven't really done much with herbal medicine. I tried some of it on the cats eyes when they got infections and it didn't seem to help,but it was store bought medicine so it could have been just sterile water for all I know. I've written the name down in my "blog log." Every time I see something on the blog , or someone else's blog I feel like I should look into, I write it down with amplifying information in a bound book.

      For the ammo, try this page:
      http://ammoseek.com/?gun=rifle&cal=156

      Krag ammo is produced commercially by several companies and is available at a decent price. Save your brass, you can always trade it to a reloader for something if you don't reload yourself.


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  2. oh Harry - i am so sorry that you and your wife are sick - that really sucks! Julie above is right about the echinaccea...also try some garlic tea. just sqeeze or chop a clove of garlic in a cup and pour boiling water over it, cover and let steep for 5 mins and then sip. it sounds a lot worse than it tastes and i swear - garlic tea will cure any ailment! please take care of yourself and your sweet wife....sending healing thoughts your way!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. As long as you aren't diabetic, pour honey or sugar in it if you can't stand the taste. chop it down very fine if you don't have minced. I think it helps me. Get it strong enough that your wife can smell it on your skin later. That means it's permeated your system.

      It's also good for fleas and vampires...LOL

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    2. Harry - Matt was having probs with fleas and vampires a while back. but ever since i told him about the garlic tea, he's been flea and vampire-free - oh bahahahahahah! sorry Matt buddy - i just had to - bahahahahahah!

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    3. Oh Kymber, you must have been waiting a long time to get one in.... ;)

      It is a little known fact that Kymber hung several cloves of garlic on her computer and successfully got rid of some troublesome visitors on her blog recently.

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    4. oh Matt - yer funny buddy! bahahahahah! and actually, the garlic isn't working that well. gonna try bleach next!

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    5. Well, I am not having a big problem with fleas and vampires right now, although it seems like you never know what is going to crop up next.

      I like garlic. The idea of garlic and honey and sugar sounds pretty nasty but I am going to make up a cup and try it. All I have is minced garlic but that will have to do.

      Don't let the bleach get into your septic tank! :-)

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  3. I absolutely concur with Kymber on the garlic tea! You probably have some in your pantry already. She is spot on with chopping or squeezing it. The Allicin in garlic is not freed up until the clove is cut into. Powdered garlic will not do, fresh cut, please.
    JF

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    1. thanks Julie...and hey - you need a blog. i see your comments around the interwebs and you have a lot of knowledge to share. start a blog!

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    2. Thank you Kymber, you are very kind. I love learning and sharing and my middle name is Trivia! :))

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    3. Julie - i think your parents named you the correct middle name - bahahahahah! you really do have a lot of information to share - i would very much enjoy it if you started a blog. i think i can speak for a lot of others when i say that!

      your friend,
      kymber

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    4. Tonight all I have is minced garlic in a jar. I don't have any fresh garlic. I have honey and sugar though. I'm pretty sure they don't sell fresh garlic in our grocery store, but I will check.

      Kymber is right, Julie. You should have a blog, seems to me you would fit right in with our mini society.

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  4. My grandkids started school 2 weeks ago and already have Strep. Their mom is now down for the count. Hope you and wife feel better soon!

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    1. I taught in an elementary school for three years. The custodians and the lunch room people tried to keep things clean, but with hundreds of little kids, it was impossible. Some had good parents that sent them to school clean, some had worthless, no account parents that didn't bath them or give them clean clothes, and everything in between. In conditions like that, any illness is going to spread like wildfire, especially in today's overcrowded classrooms. Our state law prohibits regular class room teachers from having more than 26 kids as it stands today, but teachers routinely have up to 40. Probably more since so many teachers were laid off back in 2007 -2008.

      Thanks for the kind thoughts.

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  5. I sincerely hope the both of you get well soon. I too have been sick for the past three days which is the reason I've written nada on my blog. If I drank I'd grab a bottle of Wild Turkey and get as drunk as a skunk...

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    1. It might help. I had a bad night, felt better this afternoon, but as night comes on I am starting to cough and get a fever again. Wonder how bugs know it is getting to be night. That's the best time to make you feel bad since you have nothing else to think about but being sick.

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  6. I have been taking victims since before we moved from Fla. I got pick eye once at work because I didn't watch my hands very well. I started wearing gloves. We wipe down all counter tops with an all purpose cleaner with bleach. I hope you and the Mrs feel better soon.

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    1. You do the best you can but it's hard to do everything right every time. I think I picked up a tissue to throw away, then got distracted and didn't go wash my hands right away. It only takes that much. Washing your hands with soap and keeping surfaces clean with bleach or a cleanser is about all you can do. I have to be really, really careful because Ferrets can get human diseases and I don't need any more sick ferrets.

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  7. An AK with a few cases of ammo and a big box of mags is an awesome plan B.

    Hate the crud. Wifey worked in a daycare for awhile so between my soldiers at work and her kids we got everything. It's pretty much impossible to live in close confines or take care of someone with the crud and not get it yourself. Hope your house recovers quickly.

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    1. Everybody needs a plan B. I thought that was a pretty good one, though I can't claim I thought it up myself.

      Makes you think about 1918 and the Spanish Flu, doesn't it. I don't derive much benefit from living way up here on the mountain if my wife is mixing with people on a daily basis.

      Somebody asked me a few days ago when I'd blow the whistle and bring the kids in from up North. I'm thinking now if it is a disease situation I'll do it sooner than I might have otherwise.

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  8. Harry, next time spray Lysol on the doorknobs, phone, and bathroom faucets. You have to get all the germs off anything the ill person touches before you touch it too, then accidentally rub your eyes or nose. Hope this helps in the future.

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  9. Sorry you are all sick! We used to get sick all the time when the kids were in school. These things typically go around the office too, they don't stay home because they use up their vacation days by doing so. We just have a lot of days, you can use them for sick or personal days so if you don't stay home sick, you get more vacation. Unfortunately everyone else gets sick due to it.

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    1. My wife has so much sick time she is going to start losing it. But she and another teacher have a special ed class. They have the severely mentally disabled high school class. If one teacher lays out, however sick she might be, the other teacher can't handle all of them. So M goes to work if she is dieing, and the other teacher does too. She has that old Southern work ethic and sense of responsibility to her peers and the kids. If it was me, the school could just get somebody else in there, I wouldn't go feeling like I was about to croak. The system will use you right up to til you're just a shadow and nobody even says thanks.

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  10. Sorry to hear of your health issues, my wife is a middle school teacher of nearly 30 years AND I have two kids in public schools so I definitely understand your point there. I hope you get better soon.

    And thanks to the replys of garlic tea, I crush and eat a clove when I begin to feel ill, but I never thought of it as a tea - much obliged!

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    1. Your wife has a strong character. I taught 5th for three years and then decided I'd rather work in a prison or at the old folks home before I set foot in a school again. Glad some people like our wives can handle it, somebody has to.

      I need to find somewhere I can get fresh garlic. I may have to order it on line, I'm sure our Rinky Dink grocery store doesn't carry it. Seems to have a big fan base so it must work .

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  11. Do the lines "in sickness and health till" you know the rest ring a bell?Marriage is about sharing. hope yall feal better soon.I always hated to waste sickdays by being sick.

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  12. Yeah, but this time she could have not shared with me and I wouldn't have complained.

    I'm feeling better now but I notice as it gets later I'm starting to drag again. Seems like this kind of thing is worse at night.

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    1. G,day Harry,

      Hang in there, I prescribe a Bundaberg Rum & coke, to be taken 3 times daily. I know what you mean, my wife is a nurse and she has helped me to build up my immune system over the years by bringing home various bugs.

      Hope you are feeling better.

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    2. That sounds good. I suspect having a nurse for a wife would be even worse than one who was a teacher. I think I am a bit behind on my email but will touch base soon.

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