Shannon Stacey

A basement bunker doesn't look so crazy now

I would like to seal my children in a bubble and then lock them in a bunker in the basement until flu season is over.

We’re kinda/sorta carpooling this year. My neighbors have 2 kids—a 1st grade girl and a 3rd grade boy who’s buddies and classmates with SK. Well, the boy stayed home sick today—fever and all that good stuff—but the girl was sent across the street to fill my house and my car with her brother’s germs. The girl who was so stuffed up she could barely breathe through her nose.


I don’t usually go too crazy worrying about germs. My boys are in two different schools. My husband’s an electrician/HVAC guy who probably, over the course of a week of dealing with customers, adds 10-15 additional school systems to our germ pool. Trying to limit exposure to sick people? Therein lies madness.

I admit, the media got to me on this one. I have Fear of H1N1. Sometimes the fear is of hassles—a high school freshman missing a week’s worth of honors classes? Nightmare. If they’re going to get it, now would be good, not closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas. And sometimes the fear is of horrible outcomes Moms try not to think about.

They’re on the list for the shot, but who knows when they’ll have enough to do more than the State Prison inmates. (Don’t even get me started on that.)

For now…just waiting, with a growing sense of inevitability.

8 comments to “A basement bunker doesn't look so crazy now”

  1. Charlene
      · October 28th, 2009 at 9:57 am · Link

    Yeah, that’s bad. Since stuffy nose is a symptom. I dunno, Shan, we did everything to prevent getting it and still got nailed (no shots available yet), so all you can do is keep your germs home if it happens. The fever can last a full week and kids can’t go back to school until it’s broken for 24 hrs.

  2. Larissa Ione
      · October 28th, 2009 at 10:08 am · Link

    LOL — yeah, it’s a pain! My son already had it…lasted about 5 days. Doc said that most kids getting it now are lucky, because they’re getting it while it’s relatively mild and will now have an immunity to it if it gets worse. It kind of reminded me of a cross between the flu and a cold. Fortunately, there was no throwing up!

    Good luck avoiding it!

  3. Sydney Somers
      · October 28th, 2009 at 10:18 am · Link

    I’m the same way, trying hard to not to stress about the “what if’s” that go with it. Hard not to when every time the news is on that’s ALL they talk about. Having an eight month old baby makes it even harder to not turn into a basketcase.

  4. Lillie A.
      · October 28th, 2009 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I really thought we were going to avoid it. My husband works in a state prison and it spread like crazy there but he didn’t catch it. I do home health care and many of my patients had it but not me. I turned into a complete germaphobe at that time. I took my shoes off before I came into the house, threw them in the washing machine, then immediately hopped in the shower. May have been extreme but it worked. Finally, no more sick inmates and no more sick patients. We had made it! Then one parent sent their sick kid to school and my eight year old brought it home. I had it 3 days later. :gaah:

    Good luck with yours! The bubble sounds like a perfect solution.

  5. Ro
      · October 28th, 2009 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Right there with you on the nerves. MonkeyBoy (10) is immune compromised, and although he gets better every year he still catches everything that comes down the Pike. And keeps it. Weeks longer than most kids.

    That’s in a normal year. To add to my nerves ch9 named Lincoln on its schools most affected by “flu-like symptoms” on the news Monday night. :beam: If they’re going by percentages (and I hope they are) I can see that- we only have around 20 kids per grade k-12. So far no one in my son’s class is out. Keeping fingers crosses (and washed!).

    Hope y’all make it without getting sick.

  6. kate r
      · October 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm · Link

    Turns out my kid might have it after all …. he never got a stuffy nose, never sneezed. Just got a rotten headache and a mild fever. And is now coughing continuously.

    “Sounds like it,” said Tyler the Dr.

    I’m not going to drag his ass into the doctor’s office unless he gets a lot worse so we might never know. I hope.

  7. Annmarie
      · October 29th, 2009 at 1:28 am · Link

    Since I had the flu shot for the swine flu from the 70’s, I’m hoping I don’t get it. I’m still gonna get the H1N1 vaccine…IF IT EVER COMES OUT.

    My mama’s doctor told her that people over 60 didn’t need the vaccine. Why is the information about this flu so lacking? The news just reports the super terrifying tales but nothing else.

    Hope your family doesn’t become ill. :hug:

  8. Shannon
      · October 29th, 2009 at 10:21 am · Link

    So far, so good, although the little girl now has a lovely cough to go with her stuffy nose. SK came home from school a little warm, but he bounced back so maybe it was just being overheated.

    If they’re going by percentages (and I hope they are) I can see that- we only have around 20 kids per grade k-12. So far no one in my son’s class is out. Keeping fingers crosses (and washed!).

    When you don’t have many kids, those absences take a toll fas!

    My mama’s doctor told her that people over 60 didn’t need the vaccine. Why is the information about this flu so lacking?

    Apparently this flu is similar to one that went around in the…40’s?…so if you were born before 1950, you shouldn’t need the vaccine. But yes, they’re still getting them before our children do. And the prisoners, of course.


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