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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Influenza


I've been sucker-punched with the flu. I'm on day four of running a fever. My son has had off and on fever for five. We're coughing, sniffing, aching, and miserable.

According to the most recent CDC data, I guess we are not alone in our suffering. As you can see, flu is pretty much widespread everywhere unless you live in N. Mexico, Mississippi, or Massachusetts, which leaves one wondering how they are so resilient.

The CDC gives this clinical diagnosis:

"Influenza illness can include any or all of these symptoms: fever, muscle aches, headache, lack of energy, dry cough, sore throat, and possibly runny nose. The fever and body aches can last 3-5 days and the cough and lack of energy may last for 2 or more weeks. Influenza can be difficult to diagnose based on clinical symptoms alone because the initial symptoms of influenza can be similar those caused by other infectious agents including, but not limited to, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus, parainfluenza viruses, and Legionella spp."


Although we've soldiered on with school assignments as best as possible under the circumstances, our brush with illness gave an opportunity to learn about Louis Pasteur, although he wasn't on the lesson plan for the week.

We listened to "Lux Radio Theater Presents: The Story of Louis Pasteur" which is available free on a podcast from Lux Radio Theater Podcast (check iTunes). This is a dramatized radio version of the 1936 movie by the same name (which I have never seen). We've had some fun with the old time radio (otr) podcasts that are out there for free.

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Today I actually feel well enough to compose this post on the MacBook as I recline in bed. I thought I would check in on the news and there is news, indeed.

You've no doubt already heard of the California court ruling handed down recently that threatens homeschooling in California. Use the HSLDA link at the right to sign a petition expressing your disapproval. Also, take time to record your support for a parental rights amendment but visiting ParentalRights.org (click the blue box at right).

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