Checking out for the day

I just returned from the emergency room. I won’t be taking any calls today. I am still sick and probably experiencing a relapse. Callers should order online or send email.


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30 thoughts on “Checking out for the day

  • March 19, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Take some time off, destress (that causes 1/2 of illness), and take your herbs and probiotics. Hope you feel better soon.

  • March 19, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    You’ve been targeted for elimination – don’cha know?

    We all were.

    Silence thee every heathen and heretic, sayeth the Lord.

    “But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee” ~ Deuteronomy 20:17 (KJV)

  • March 19, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Feel better soon, John. I feel for you – I went temporarily blind this last weekend (conjunctivitis) and headed for the doc-in-a-box myself.

    Now, Lonewolf – Y’all may be heretics, but I think I’m the offical Heathen here, as Loki is my witness! Not that anyone would cite Loki as a witness, but that’s a subject for a different list.

  • March 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Oh, I dunno, FernWise. I think there’s enough room here for a whole Heathen Contingent. 😉

    Please get better soon, Admin. It’s been a long illness for you!

  • March 19, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Looks like I’ve got bird flu. Don’t they prescribe Tamiflu for this? Lab results are in, influenza alright. That, plus antibiotics and and estimated 3 weeks of recovery. What fun.

    I’ve had to work all day, not complaining, but am asking callers to stick to email. This really cannot be helped.

  • March 19, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Be careful. Take it easy. Pace yourself and rest as much as you can. Don’t let this turn worse.

  • March 20, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Take care Admin.

    I read somewhere that Japanese researchers had determined that Tamiflu was more or less worthless. Rumsfeld was (is) right in the middle of the company that makes it. I am sure the FDA skids were well greased. Brought to you by the same man who greased the skids for aspartame. Rummy has been, truly is, the gift that keeps giving.

    The way I look at it, better to create your own monster antibodies and dance with that shit (unless you feel like you are going to die).

    Re: heathenhood. I have a reserved parking space in hell myself. When given the choice between Yahweh and the highway, I choose the open road.

    Get more rest. None of us will starve.


  • March 20, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Hope you get feeling better soon, John.
    Take care of yourself, and as MSquirrel said, try to de-stress some, for your own health.

  • March 20, 2008 at 5:47 am

    antibiotics for the flu? Influenza is viral. there isn’t an antibiotic in the world that helps for viral infections. Or are they just loading you up with antibiotics just in case? That’s one reason we’ve bred superbugs ya know.

  • March 20, 2008 at 6:21 am

    Oh, but can’t you just hear the ER staff thinking: This guy has been sick for SO LONG without seeing a doctor, his lungs are unhappy (but we didn’t X-RAY them to save money), he might be on the verge of pneumonia (tho’ even then we don’t know if it would be bacterial or viral….). If we let him go without antibiotics, this … this …. non-sheeple! will need to be ADMITTED before he returns.

    It’s not like the ER did tests to find out what bug he really had for influenze, either – they’d not have those back that quickly. They are calling it flu, and treating him as if he has flu PLUS a secondary bacterial infection. I’ll bet that they even gave him Biaxin, my least favorite antibiotic, but standard issue for suspected pneumonia.


  • March 20, 2008 at 6:25 am

    growinfood is correct. Unless you’ve also developed or are at imminent risk for bacterial pneumonia, antibiotics are worthless and potentially harmful – aka contraindicated.

  • March 20, 2008 at 7:34 am

    The antibiotics are to keep things from getting worse. They are concerned about pneumonia.

    Tamiflu is near useless, but might let me keep working (so I’m told). It’s also terribly expensive, 14 days was $195.

    The did manage to test me actually, and it sounded like I had type A and B influenza. Is that possible? Woke up covered in sweat, coughing up nasty yellow crud now, so I think I’m ‘at bottom’ at the moment. I intend to get better or die trying!

    Thanks to everyone for wishing my recovery.

  • March 20, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Oh, yes, you can have all sorts of influenzas (and other infections) all at once. Unlike cats, infections share.

  • March 20, 2008 at 8:41 am

    A quick google on tamiflu+ hoax reveals a universe of conspiracy theories. Admin, Rumsfield and Bush thank you for your generous contribution.

  • March 20, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Get well soon. I recommend gogi juice, been takng it for 4 years and never even got the sniffles. Maybe it is psychosomatic, but who cares as long as it works. I get mine at, and no it is not mlm or direct marketing or any of that shit, but there are a lot of them out there, that is why I use the California Academy Of Health (caoh). It isn’t cheap, but a whole hell of a lot cheaper then $195 for shit that dont work. Anyways I hope you feel better soon.

  • March 20, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I had this crap back in February. Once it got into my lungs, I coughed for a month after getting better. So has everyone else I know who got it. Whatever this season’s crud actually was, it was nasty.

    Get well and take care of yourself.

  • March 20, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    @ Michael: I think I’ll take my chances with Yahweh – and that’s all I’m saying about it.

    Admin: Absolute best wishes for a speedy recovery. The severity of the winter weather you’ve had can’t have helped. I had a bad cold a few weeks ago just after a long haul flight (always get sick after those). When I got home I had a severe asthma attack and realised afterwards that in a grid-down situation I’d be in serious bother without the necessary inhalers, etc to keep me breathing. It highlighted again to me the need to studiously avoid colds, flus etc and build up my immune system, and of course, get myself to a drier climate.

  • March 20, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    WRT “building” ones immune system – sure that’s good to do if you can. On the ‘flip side’, know that some diseases (most viruses, notably Hantavirus but many others as well) can cause the ‘immune system’ to go in ‘overdrive’ and one’s own immune ‘response’ is what kills you. Several forms of histamine et al shock may occur including anaphylactic shock. This is why the highest percentage of deaths due to viral infections occur among young-adult populations (the ‘strongest’, fittest) and children and old-farts (me) have higher survival rates. If my immune system have been 1-degree/Percent ‘stronger’ 6 years ago, I wouldn’t be here to tell the story. CDC Atlanta and Albuquerque both concur.

    In other words, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

  • March 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Right, Lonewolf – what kills during pandemic influenzas is the ‘cytocinine storm’. So, we must aim at moderation in all things, including in our immune system … And don’t forget to be only moderately moderate!

  • March 20, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    It seems it’s coming in waves around here. My kid broke his arm the other day. I could mangle the little monster that caused this (but I won’t). Reckless behavior, what can I say?

    So between a one-armed kid, an exhausted wife and a hack-attack-a-minute and woozy-in-the-head it’s been nothing but fun around here. I might even start laughing!

    I did ship a bunch of Mountain House units out today, those that are receiving these will be receiving their tracking numbers. Only mentioning this — we’re still here, still in business, just don’t want any phone calls for a while, it’s causing me to have coughing fits still.

  • March 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Admin, I know it sounds corny, but rest, rest, rest, when you’re trying to recuperate from respiratory infections.

    And any and all who have asthma as a result of resp. infection might try to make or buy a hops tincture. It won’t stop asthma attacks, but it does depress the “cough mechanism”. I take 1 tsp. before bedtime during respiratory infection and it is the only thing that has ever worked as well as controlled substances and their derivatives. In fact, an old Materia Medica book I have from the 1830’s says that hops has all the qualities as the opiates. I’m NOT advising abuse here, but this stuff will really help prevent coughing during the night so you can sleep instead of hack and cough.

    Then there’s elderberry syrup/concentrate for viral infections. Some Israeli researchers documented its anti-viral effects and as a result one can now buy “Sambucol” in most health food stores. It is probably best taken at the onset of infection, so not sure how well it would work after viruses have had time to multiply.

    Admin., when you take a break, lean back in a recliner, close your eyes, take several long, slow deep breaths, and begin counting to 10 (or 20, etc.) and in between each number tell yourself things such as “I’m getting better by the hour”, “my white cells are fighting this bug”, “I am resting now so I can get well”, etc., etc. When done, take several more slow, deep breaths, then open your eyes when you are ready.
    If you don’t have time during day for break, do this immediately before falling asleep.

  • March 20, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    growinfood says…”antibiotics for the flu? Influenza is viral.”

    We’ve had a few cases of necrotizing MRSA pneumonia accompanying the viral flu this year. Resulted in more than 1 patient ending up on ECMO (lung bypass). Be careful.

  • March 20, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Of course, Hops are one of the food/medicinal items that have become scarce over the past year. Can’t recall why at this time. The old Materia Medica has them as a narcotic because the book also has marijuana as a narcotic (just like US drug laws!). Hop plants are very closely related to marijuana. I’ve always wondered what a beer ‘hopped’ with grass buds would be like, but not tried it. Even with the price increase and scarcity of hops, grass would be far more expensive in oh so many ways.

    Fern, Agriculture major and cheap home brewer, not a member of NORML.

  • March 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Kali, do you have any links on the necrotizing MRSA pneumonia? I’m sure that the medical folks on another list I’m on would appreciate that.

  • March 20, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I could try some medical journal searches at work this weekend. All I have available at home is the same internet searches available to us all.

    I can tell you that MRSA is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans.

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — often called “staph.” Decades ago, a strain of staph emerged in hospitals that was resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. Dubbed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), it was one of the first germs to outwit all but the most powerful drugs. MRSA infection can be fatal.

    Necrotizing pneumonia refers to the destruction of the lungs air sacs called Aveoli.

    The alveoli are the final branchings of the respiratory tree and act as the primary gas exchange units of the lung.

    ECMO is Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. It can be just lung, heart, or both bypass. Mostly used in neonates as the younger the better chance for survival. Pediatric and adult patients need to go on early before multiple organ failure sets in. Fernwise was right on with the ‘cytocinine stormâ’. This is part of a cascade of events that can cause RDS, Respiratory Distress Syndrome in patients were the lung tissue becomes ‘leaky’ allowing fluid to prevent oxygenation of the blood. I run this at Massachusetts General Hospital. Also do helicopter medflight and a bunch of other neat stuff there.

  • March 21, 2008 at 8:12 am

    The flu has been raging around this area (east coast) but we’ve avoided it (other than my school age daughter). Our tips: air out the house – with your cold winter, you’ve been recirculating the air. Also when someone is sick here, we wipe door knobs, fridge, handrails periodically (clorox wipes). And finally wash hands *and* face with hot soapy water to knock down the accumulating population of those nasty critters. Especially at night before bed and any time you’ve been out in the public. (Hey, this will be good advice to the coming Avian flu too 🙂

  • March 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    One last tip, at the *first* sign of sinus drip, do a saline infusion (ie. warm water with salt, snort, repeat – yes, just like swimming in the ocean and getting a face full of a wave – it will dry out the beachhead that those infesting viruses find – works great!). If you cut them off at the pass, they can’t invade. Get well!

  • March 22, 2008 at 4:36 am

    @ Lonewolf – I never realised that re the immune system!!!

    I actually feel like I need a new head because of my sinusitis, rhinitis, post nasal drip and asthma. Either that or dry mountain air to relieve me, far away from all the crap the farmers near my home spray on their orchards.

    @ aft – I’ll give that a go myself!

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