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Author Topic: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.  (Read 2485 times)

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Offline anniebc

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Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« on: August 03, 2007, 07:25:48 PM »

The Norovirus has hit my community, this is a small quote from our local rag:

For the McWhirter family, it has been hell as a vicious virus swept through the house.

"It's unreal ... it's horrible and nasty," said mum Sharon yesterday between coughing fits.

The family of five were among many in Mataura who have been affected this week by the virus that has seen as many as 65 pupils sick from one school and more than half the teaching staff.
Mataura Longford Intermediate school was forced to close yesterday when only five teachers could make it to work.
Nursing homes have also been hit with the virus and are struggling to find staff

All this started on Friday.

I have had so many phone calls this morning, the first one I got was from the local nursing home to tell me Old Tom and several other residents have come down with it...some of you may remember Old Tom, he was the wonderful man who asked me to be his date on his 90th birthday...he has been unable to leave the home for many months now due to ill health and all this has me extremly worried about him, I visit him every sunday afternoon and now I'm told I can't go and see him.

I checked this out with my Doc and he has also told me to stay away, and if possible stay at home for a few days.

Word gets around fast here, most of the community know me and my status because of the work I do and are very supportive...and for this I'm thankful, so I don't mean to sound ungratful...but..I've had phone calls from neighbours asking me if I'm ok and if there is anything they can do for me..even hubby has jumped on the panic wagan and is refusing to let me go down the hill to do my shopping...I know they all mean well but I think they are all over reacting a bit, so just to keep the peace I'm doing as I'm told.. ;) , it's just as well I have enough here to keep me busy in the mornings and afternoon, but in between times it looks like you guys ar stuck with me, hence the post, I'm having a bored moment... :D.

Jan :-*

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Offline MOONLIGHT1114

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Re: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2007, 09:47:43 PM »
Hi Jan~

Sorry to hear you can't go visit your buddy!  Ninety years old, how dear!  Maybe you could post your personal story in Melia's "By Way of Introduction" thread in the Women's Forum in the meantime?  There's some good reading in there! 

Stay safe, ok?

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Offline northernguy

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Re: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2007, 10:39:37 PM »
I'm guessing the McWhirter family became the McSquirter family for a while :o

I shouldn't jest.  I had Norovirus on a cruise and it was not fun!  Two days in the cabin sticking close to the loo.
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Offline cjc

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Re: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007, 09:41:02 AM »
Jan , Sorry  that your excursions are being limited. It can be frustrating but your friends and family just want to make sure you are safe. My mom told me that if Birdflu hits NC, she is locking me in the house and I'll never get out until it goes away.  Hope your friend at the old folks home is okay, hell, i hope all those people that got that are okay.  You know we love you so do as many bored posts as you like.   Cristy

Offline Dragonette

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Re: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2007, 12:59:39 PM »
Jan, every time I read your posts, I imagine some rural serene "Windy Willows" kind of community, like something from the movies or a children's book, without prejudice, hate or racism. I therefore second ML: i would also really like to know more about your life out there (heroic attempt to avoid "down under"), esp with HIV.
I hope you will not take this as nosiness. It is more a need to see a wholesome, positive alternative to the constant stress and uncertainy of current life than a thirst for juicy details.

Modified to add: and please listen to everyone and remain in quarantine... take good care.
« Last Edit: August 04, 2007, 01:01:21 PM by Dragonette »
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Offline bear60

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Re: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2007, 01:34:27 PM »
Well...silly me I hve no clue what a norovirus is...so I looked it up and here is what I found (for others who may be confused like me)
What are noroviruses?

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause the “stomach flu,” or gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis), in people. The term norovirus was recently approved as the official name for this group of viruses. Several other names have been used for noroviruses, including:

Norwalk-like viruses (NLVs)
caliciviruses (because they belong to the virus family Caliciviridae)
small round structured viruses.
Viruses are very different from bacteria and parasites, some of which can cause illnesses similar to norovirus infection. Like all viral infections, noroviruses are not affected by treatment with antibiotics, and cannot grow outside of a person’s body.

What are the symptoms of illness caused by noroviruses?

The symptoms of norovirus illness usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults. Most people with norovirus illness have both of these symptoms.
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2007, 01:50:22 PM »
Bear, I think here, we call it the "shits." ;)

Offline bear60

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Re: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2007, 01:57:26 PM »
 thanks for that
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Offline anniebc

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Re: Norovirus..and the caring community I live in.
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2007, 07:40:55 PM »
Spot on John, only this nasty little bug is lasting a bit longer than a few days, I know the Flu strain can change from year to year, but I'm not sure if this Norovirus does or not, but for some reason it's really knocking people around this year... I'm keeping low for a few days just in case.

Jan :-*

Never knock on deaths door..ring the bell and run..he really hates that.


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