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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:18 PM

The stomach virus has officially hit our home

Hubby, daughter and nephew all have it and badly. Have done 6 loads of laundry and taken out trash 3 times. I have almost gone through a can of lysol spray. Hoping it is enough that I don't get it too.

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Reply The stomach virus has officially hit our home (Original post)
demtenjeep Dec 2012 OP
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #1
demtenjeep Dec 2012 #2
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #4
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #3
shintao Dec 2012 #5
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #6
Grey Dec 2012 #7
siligut Dec 2012 #8

Response to demtenjeep (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:51 PM

1. typically one of two possibilities - Noro (or Norwalk) virus, which spreads rapidly -

or food poisoning. Neither is any fun at all - both should pass pretty quickly....hope you stay unaffected!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:43 PM

2. well, nobody ate the same food last night so it isn't food poisoning

everyone was tired of Turkey so daughter ate a papa John's pizza, hubby had baked chicken and nephew had a burger and fries


I ate the turkey

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Response to demtenjeep (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:48 PM

4. this is a pretty good link for info.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norovirus

One time our whole team in work got it, infected from a cafeteria food worker who had it and prepared our sandwiches. I spread it to my family - which happened in pretty much all of the families of my coworkers...nasty. so sorry to hear that your family is ill!

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Response to demtenjeep (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:47 PM

3. Up your Vitamin D and Probiotics.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:50 PM

5. would recommend Zinc

 

Zinc really goes after infections and is the KEY used in all cold remedys.

http://www.emaxhealth.com/1020/39/32552/study-says-zinc-helps-fighting-virus-and-infection.html

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Response to shintao (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:53 PM

6. Also call your doc for some Tami-flu.

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Response to demtenjeep (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:17 PM

7. You have my sympathy.....

I was down for two weeks, chubby Hubby just laughed. "Someone, here on DU, told me "stomach flu". There is no such thing. Influenza is respiratory in nature. If you are throwing up every ten minutes, you have gastritis. If it is vomiting and diarrhea, it's gastroenteritis. Not 'stomach flu'." Wish I could remember who it was, I would like to thank them. Just think 'this too will pass'. And I didn't even lose a pound for all the Puking, etc..... Really, (((hugs)))



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Response to Grey (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:33 PM

8. I'll bet it was this thread, Aristus

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018262376

A medical provider's pet-peeve phrases.

We all have them. Some of us have a lot of them. Every list is a little different. But I'm sure there is some overlap.

Here are mine:

"Check-up". If you want a clinic visit, please tell me what you want. Don't ask for a 'check-up'. I don't know what that is. They didn't teach us how to do 'check-ups' in PA School.

"Stomach flu". There is no such thing. Influenza is respiratory in nature. If you're throwing up every ten minutes, you have gastritis. If it's vomiting and diarrhea, it's gastroenteritis. Not 'stomach flu'.

"Fever". Fever has an actual medical definition: 101 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius or higher. Don't walk in with a temperature of 99.1F and tell me you have a 'fever'. Don't tell me that since your normal temperature is lower than the 98.6F average that 99.1 is a fever 'for me'. Fever is fever for everyone.

"I could feel my blood pressure rising". No you couldn't. You felt your stress level rising, and increased stress can lead to increased b/p levels. But hypertension is often called 'The Silent Killer' because it doesn't come with any symptoms. You won't have any symptoms until right before it's about to kill you, and sure, then you'll have headaches, fatigue, dizziness, disorientation and shortness of breath. But if your b/p is mildly elevated, (say, 144/92) you can't 'feel it rising'.

"I'm trying to quit smoking, doc." No you're not. If you are still smoking, you're not trying to quit. Trying to quit means putting it out and not lighting up another one. Basically the same definition as 'successfully quitting'. If you're still buying or bumming cigarettes to smoke, you're not 'trying to quit'.

"How long is this going to take, doc?" As long as it takes. If you have something else to do, go do it; I won't hold you up. And I will be here when you have time for a proper evaluation of your medical complaint.



I read a lot of complaints from patients about their medical providers, and many of them are justified, especially in a society where nobody has enough time, everybody is frustrated, and everyone is in a hurry. And on balance, I love my work, and I love my patients, even the ones who smoke or are not compliant with their treatment plans. These phrases above are pet-peeves, not sources of fury and inexhaustible frustration. I thought writing them down and sharing them might make for a mild catharsis.

Thank you.

I love you all...

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