Search My Blog

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Risks and Prevention - Watch WebMD Video

Swine Flu Risks and Prevention - Watch WebMD Video

How to Prevent and Prepare for Swine Flu

YouTube - Swine Flu- Closed Captioned

How to Prevent and Prepare for Swine Flu

This is a featured article. Click here for more information.
Symptoms of Swine Flu

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. The symptoms are similar to that of the familiar seasonal flu. As of April 29, 2009 there are a limited number of laboratory confirmed cases: 172 in Mexico, 91 in the US, 13 in Canada, and a handful of cases in Europe and Asia.[1] Swine influenza is not currently a pandemic.

In the event that swine flu becomes a pandemic, everyday life would be disrupted because so many people in so many places become seriously ill at the same time. Impacts can range from school and business closings to the interruption of basic services such as public transportation and food delivery. The following steps will help you prepare for the worst case scenario.



  1. Know what the signs of swine flu are in people. The symptoms look a lot like an ordinary flu and include fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C), cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. It is reported that diarrhea and vomiting can also be included with the symptoms of illness. There's no way to tell if you have the swine flu unless a respiratory specimen is taken within the first 4-5 days and sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or equivalent).
  2. Make sure you are in good health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. The healthier you are, the better your immune system will be at defending your body against a virus.
  3. Practice good hygiene. If you sneeze, keep a disposable tissue before your mouth, after sneezing or blowing your nose and throw the tissue away. Wash your hands often, especially if after blowing/sneezing and before you eat. Use a disinfectant when possible or just use soap and water.
  4. Don't share utensils or drinks. In cafeteria settings, it's not uncommon for people to casually share utensils or take a sip from someone else's drink. This should be completely avoided if there is any risk of a flu pandemic.
  5. Mexican officials wearing masks
    Mexican officials wearing masks
    Wear a facemask or respirator as instructed by authorities. If used correctly, facemasks and respirators may help prevent some exposure to flu viruses. However, facemasks should be used along with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing.
  6. Take enough Vitamin D3. Colds and flu are an indication of non-optimum amounts of Vit D. For people older than 12 years, 2,000 to 4,000iu's per day is required to hit the optimum range of 45-65ng/ml. Start with 2,000iu's of Vit D3 per day. After two weeks take a 25Hydroxy-D blood test from LabCorp to assess whether or not you are in the target range. Increase your dosage if you are below the lower limit.


If a pandemic flu virus spreads rapidly, being prepared to stay at home will help slow down the virus because you'll minimize your exposure (and other people's exposure to you, if you become sick).

  1. Know what to expect.

    • A vaccine for pandemic flu may not be available for 4-6 months after a pandemic starts, and even then, it may only be available in limited amounts.
    • People will have little or no immunity to pandemic flu since it is a new virus to humans. With seasonal flu, people have some immunity built up from previous exposure to the viruses.
    • Symptoms of pandemic flu may be more severe than seasonal flu. More people are likely to die from pandemic flu than from seasonal flu.
    • If you got a swine flu vaccine in the 70s, don't expect it to protect you from this new strain.[2]
  2. Stock up. Store nonperishable foods, bottled water, over-the-counter drugs, health supplies, and other necessities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends having a 2-week supply. (These supplies can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages.) Have basic, over-the-counter health supplies such as a thermometer, facemasks, tissues, soap, hand sanitizers, medicine to relieve fever, and cold medicine.
  3. Plan ahead. Plan for what you will do in the following cases:

    • Schools dismissed: Consider childcare needs. Plan home learning activities and exercises. Have materials, such as books, on hand. Also plan recreational activities that your children can do at home.
    • You or family member becomes sick and requires care: Make plans for how to care for people with special needs in case the services they rely on are not available. Plan to stay home for at least 10 days when you are sick with pandemic flu. Staying home will keep you from giving it to others. Make sure others in your household also stay home when they are sick. During a severe pandemic, stay home if someone in your household is sick with pandemic flu.
    • Transportation networks disrupted. Think about how you can rely less on public transportation during a pandemic. For example, store food and other essential supplies so you can make fewer trips to the store. Prepare backup plans for taking care of loved ones who are far away. Consider other ways to get to work, or, if you can, work at home.
  4. Talk to your employer. Ask your employer about how business will continue during a pandemic. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers a Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist; or you can Develop a Risk Management Plan that accounts for the possibility of a flu pandemic. Find out if you can work from home, or if your employer will consider virtualizing the workforce. Plan for the possible reduction or loss of income if you are unable to work or your place of employment is closed. Check with your employer or union about leave policies.
  5. Stay updated. Identify sources you can count on for reliable information. If a pandemic occurs, having accurate and reliable information will be critical.

    • Reliable, accurate, and timely information is available at and World Health Organization swine flu page
    • Telephone sources include the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hotline at: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). This line is available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY: 1-888-232-6348. If you do not live in the U.S., check if there is an equivalent hotline in your area.
    • Look for information on your local and state government Web sites. Review your state's planning efforts and those of your local public health and emergency preparedness officials.
    • Listen to local and national radio, watch news reports on television, and read your newspaper and other sources of printed and Web-based information.

If You Contract Swine Flu

  1. In most cases swine flu patients should stay home. Do not go to the hospital or doctor, or else you might spread the virus to other patients.
    • On the other hand do seek emergency care as quickly as possible if the infected person is:[2]

      • Exceptionally ill with flu-like symptoms
      • Chronically ill
      • Immune-suppressed
      • Elderly
      • A very young child, under age 2
  2. Call your doctor first, explain that you think you might have the swine flu, and follow any instructions. Read the US CDC guidelines on care.
  3. Get plenty of rest, and wait it out, the flu should pass in about 10 days.
  4. Be aware of life-threatening complications which might develop. If you get any of these you should get emergency medical care.
  • Emergency warning signs in adults are:[2]

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    • Sudden dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    Emergency warning signs in children are:[2]

    • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
    • Bluish skin color
    • Not drinking enough fluids
    • Not waking up or interacting
    • Being very irritable
    • Fever with a rash

04-29-09 Swine Flu: At Least 91 Cases in U.S.

YouTube - GuitarBot

This is really cool!:)

YouTube - GuitarBot


[Fwd: [OCC Blog] Church Promotes Twittering During Sermon]

Church Promotes Twittering During Sermon...

Interesting! What do you think? I know it would be distracting to me, if someone was setting beside me doing anything with a phone. And then there's the fact that I can't even type on a phone... Three punches for every letter you want to use! I mean Common!:O Besides all that, I can't even see those small Screens:O And Imagine all those irritating noises. Forget about a Baby crying!:O That would be wonderful, up next to all those beeping and chirping noises! No, they wouldn't all turn their sound off. I Guarantee it;)  And what about Laptops?... I would not be able to keep form wanting to use that thing my self!;) You know how much I love my computers!;) I'm not saying I hate the idea, I'm just pointing out the obvious draw backs... Could you really get into singing Praise to the Lord with all that going on???


Church Promotes Twittering During Sermon
View Blog in Your Browser

Christian Web Trends Blog
April 29, 2009
OCC Home Web Hosting Web Design Search Marketing Christian Advertising

Church Promotes Twittering During Sermon

Hi Don,

Just came across this news story describing how Next Level Church in Charlotte, NC encouraged people to Twitter during the Easter service. Everyone they interviewed seemed to think it was a great idea. That it did not distract their attention from worship or the message. And that it was a way to use the tools available to us today to connect with others share with them what was going on during the service.



God Bless,


Check out my Web Pages and Blog's too...

Don's Music and Poems at

DonSongs! Download Both Albums in MP3's Free! Also, there's Pages of my Songs, Poems and Pic's of me and friends:>)

DonSongs New Site With Music Players for Both Albums and New Page Design...

Download The Whole Living Beings - Climate Control Album Free!:) We have our New Album Out Now! With me, Don Bishop doing Vocals and Lyrics and Marty Splawn Playing all the Music! And You can Download the whole Album Free!

And here's an alternative Living Beings download site that also has smaller 64Kbps M3U versions for Dialup connections and it has Streams of the complete album too if you just want to listen online without saving the MP3's.

Living Beings Blog has some MP3 Song clips from our Living Beings - Climate Control album. Also, I put up some of my favorite Pic's.

And here's an alternative DonSongs download site that also has smaller 64Kbps M3U versions for Dialup connections and it has Streams of the complete album too if you just want to listen online without saving the MP3's.

CMU - Christian Music Underground

CMU was started by Don Bishop to share the music of myself and of course the rest of you guys who are among the non commercial artists out there who work hard at their music and want to Glorify, Praise and Share the Love of our Lord Jesus.

DonSongs Blog... This is a Collection of Songs written & Sung by Don Bishop from 01-1991 to 03-2002.

I need help starting a ministry for Kids. Do you love Kids and Teenagers? If you feel a calling on your life to help the least of these grow up and learn to live and love and believe in Jesus, then please check out our vision.

Psalms 68 Ministries

My Web Site's Business Page, the Entry Point for all the rest. My New Site is at and my old faithful is at

Classified Ads, Place Your's for Free Here! Try out my free Classified Ads Site.

Don's Deals Free Classifieds

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vuescape Vuescape 11010639 Digital Camcorder

No this looks like it is worth the price!:)


Cameras > Digital Video Camcorders (DV) > Record to Flash
Vuescape 11010639 Digital Camcorder - 5 Megapixel, 4x Digital Zoom, Silver
4  Users Rated
Vuescape 11010639 Digital Camcorder
More Vuescape Products
Item Number: F93-1014
Model: 11010639
Availability: Order Today, Ships Today

Price:   $39.99


25 Deals under $25 at

25 Deals under $25 at


Netgear WG111 USB Wireless Adapter - 54Mbps, 802.11g, USB 2.0, Recertified RB-WG111-100US at

Cheap way to go Wireless at a usable speed for file sharing...

Wireless Networking > Wireless Adapters > 802.11g > USB 2.0

Netgear WG111 USB Wireless Adapter - 54Mbps, 802.11g, USB 2.0, Recertified

69  Users Rated
Netgear WG111 USB Wireless Adapter
More NetGear Products
Item Number: N100-2156
Model: RB-WG111-100US
Availability: Available While Supplies Last

Hurry, Don't Miss Out!
Original Price: $14.97 
Instant Savings: -  $5.00 
Price:   $9.97

Wireless Networking > Wireless Routers > Wireless G 802.11g

Netgear WPN824NA Recertified Wireless G Router - 108Mbps, 802.11g, 4-Port

71  Users Rated
Netgear 108Mbps RangeMax Router
More NetGear Products
Item Number: N100-1673
Model: RB-WPN824NA
Availability: Available While Supplies Last

Few Left! Will Sellout!
Original Price: $34.99 
Instant Savings: -  $10.03 
Price:   $24.96