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“You know, this is the cold and flu season.” – Bill Murray – Stripes 198.
I opened this blog with a Bill Murray quote from the epic movie “Stripes.” To be honest, or transparent for those of you in Rio Linda, I was leaning toward the “Aunt Jemima treatment” line.

Oh, I could of turned that line into a medical “gem” but opted, due to time constraints so I will stick with the flu. My husband and I are well versed now in the finer aspects of the Norovirus.

My son has it and my aughter Bailey might have it, or, it’s just the continuation of the “freak streak” gleaned from my side of the family.
I am a bit iffy on the whole “get your flu shot” hype. Now, all of us know that Norovirus infection is characterized by nausea, forceful vomiting, watery diarrhea, and abdominal pain, and in some cases, loss of taste (I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.) Good news? If you happen to be hospitalized, the loss of taste may be your salvation. Bad news? Even toilets, if they could, would reject the idea of being the receptacle of choice during a bout of Norovirus.
My father-in-law swore by the flu shot.

He’s the same father-in-law that refused Novocain during dental procedures.

Now let’s move to the complete opposite side of the spectrum. My husband, Brett, despises needles, pain and can’t view his own blood.

On occasion, he’s hit the floor because he glanced at the procedure by accident.

Can he clean a deer or elk? Absolutely! Extracting blood from him?

That would be a big fat “No.”
I have no easy answers. If the flu shot works for you, kudos!

If you are on the same page of my husband, heed his advice. “I would rather curl up with Mr. Daniels than give into the Norovirus.”

His rational is, if he’s going to have the symptom’s listed above, Mr. Daniels can accommodate.

As a bonus, Mr. Daniels can be used as a sedative.
What happened to the days of brown colored sugar cubes administered in grade school?

I looked forward to it! It was the only dessert the school district ever served. ;)

If yo knew your child had been diagnosed with the Norovirus, would you send them to school anyway?

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