So once again the media is on a frenzy with the latest virus/infection/scare of the week/month. While I do not take lightly any illness that has the potential for fatalities, I do wish the media had a rule that said they have to counteract the negative reporting with at least as much time spent on happy stories. I think since having a child, I've stopped watching the news quite as much because I could just crawl into a bunker with my son and wait out the world's self-implosion with all the negativity thrown out there. Anyway, I certainly hope that anyone with pig-flu recovers quickly and that maybe instead of buying something unnecessary this week, the government spends some money on scientific research to help treat/prevent all of the terrible diseases.
If this flu scare does continue, I'm wondering if a knitted surgical mask would become fashionable. Knitted out of fingering weight wool on size 000 needles should create a dense enough fabric, don't you think? Just imagine all of the wonderful patterned sock yarns out there--they would create lovely face masks. (I realize that in reading this some of my sarcasm is lost. I really do hope no one else dies from this latest flu.) Update*** check this out!
I watched approximately eight minutes of the O-woman yesterday, despite being warned not to see it. Her latest Dr. Wizard of O show was about flesh eating viruses. Great, just what I need to worry more about...losing flesh and more to a staph or strep infection. It makes me not ever want to eat out again. The woman they featured was amazing in her recovery, but it is just so sad that she didn't get more help sooner. The lesson of the great wizard was to wash your hands more. I tend not to be a fanatic with germs, so I wonder if I need to be on more alert with this. With food prep, I am fanatical with clean hands, but with a toddler who likes to taste anything and everything, I've relaxed a bit with worrying about germs in the non-food prep area. I did read about being too clean and over use of those anti-bacterial soaps and gels. Now I wonder what is the right balance. Andrew enjoys washing his hands at the sink, but he is still too short to reach the sink, even with a step stool. Holding him there is awkward, but works. I have recently begun to let him use those alcohol based hand sanitizers, because he had stopped chewing his fingers (until this week when another tooth has decided to journey to the surface.) They dry out my hands terribly, so I personally hate to use them. When I do, I follow up with hand lotion. They are convenient in the car, especially after pumping gas or playing at the park.
On other, more amusing topics, I was just reading my referrals page and noticed that someone found my blog by googling the term "devil occurrences in life." Somehow that led them to me. Funny, since I don't recall ever discussing the devil....something to think about, though!
Update #2: Apparently others beat me to my idea. Check out this etsy listing!