To my knowledge there has been 1 other Swine Flu outbreak in my life prior to this outbreak. I have noticed many of the articles printed in newspapers across the country as well as articles I read last week on websites seemed more about scaring people than informing people.
Do I think we need to take the possible epidemic seriously? Yes! Do I think we should be shaking in our boots? No! If we have loved ones in a weakened physical state or with a suppressed immune system, we must take extra care when it comes to them.
As of last night, Swine Flu is in TX, OH, KS, NY, Mexico, Canada, Israel, and New Zealand. People are calling for the Texas border to be closed...it's kinda late - you know the cow out of the barn thing. We would have to ground planes, trains, buses, cruise ships, close all businesses, and schools for 7 to 10 days at least to stop the virus from spreading.
If the flu comes to my area, I will resume shopping at the least crowded times, I will eat more meals at home, I will focus more on whole foods like I do during the winter cold/flu season, better nutrition, sleep, hydration, and continue to wash my hands through out the day. I was concerned about bringing viral and bacterial infections to dad, if I had been at the pharmacy, grocery store, any where with crowds, I changed clothes when I got home before I went to visit dad. I also left my shoes by the back door instead of walking through the house in them. Something about walking into the bedroom with shoes that had walked on hospital floors when you heard all the MRSA talk...
I also plan on staying focused on the Lord and not the media and their sensational reporting. Are any of you concerned about the possible epidemic? I know if my father was still alive, I would be concerned about taking him to the doctor and exposing him to people coughing and sneezing in the elevator etc.
Do any of you have concerns about the Swine Flu? If so, are you going to make any lifestyle changes? Do you have advice for those concerned about it?
I say be cautious but do not be afraid. Psalm 91 is a great psalm to pray over yourself and your loved ones:
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I dwell in the shelter of the Most High, I rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say [b] of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
I declare the Lord is my refuge and my fortress. I trust my God.
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
God will save me from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
God covers me with His feathers, I will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness is my shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
I will not fear the terror of night or the arrows that fly by day.
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,nor the plague that destroys at midday.
I will not fear the pestilence that stalks in the darkness or the plague that destroys at midday.
If you have Scripture you pray over yourself and your loved ones, please share it with us.