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Posted: Apr 27, 2009

I was going to blog about my fun experience with TSA yesterday at Orlando-Sanford Airport - where I was treated like a potential terrorist (I don't get treated this way anywhere else except in the United States - every other country lets me go thru' with my pump and insulin supplies with a simple nod). Anyway, since getting off the phone with my Dad - I've decided to change my direction of thoughts.

This morning I had my usual weekly call with my Mum - telling her about my trip to Orlando (finally got to see ALL of Epcot - took 2 visits - now I've travelled the "world" ). On the flight home, I had noticed a few passengers that were returning from Mexico. Of course, having watched the news the past few days (my in-laws have the TV on constantly - bit irritating at times) - the outbreak of swine flu was the top story - and they were abit worried. So, here I am - on a flight - with a few people with the touristy somberos on - and it's making me wonder - hmmm - should I be worried?

My Mum at the time didn't seem too concerned - and we'd agreed upon my purchasing some tickets for Too Many Cooks where a friend of mine, Harold Swaffield (a diabetic and the one that encouraged me to try out pumping) is acting in. So, fine and dandy, all I'm waiting on after the conversation is an email from my Dad to tell me what date they want to go - and hopefully it works out that I can drive to Ottawa which is a 2 hour drive from Montreal. Few hours later, email arrives from my Dad - short and blunt - "we have decided due to this flu epidemic we do not want you to buy tickets for the show". I called him up right away trying to understand their concern. Was it because I'd been in contact with people from Mexico or ??? I was confused.

My Dad then started to go on about the epidemic of the 1918's (Spanish Flu) and how this swine flu could be the next pandemic (it would be the 4th according to what I've read). This swine flu has affected over 1,500 (149 deaths at the time I am writing this) in Mexico, the age group affected though is between the ages of 20-40 (that skips us I told him jokingly but now I wonder does it?). I was always under the impression that young and older people would be more effected - but not so in this case (plus there are two phases - so this could be Phase 1 - scary). He's pulling out the mask he uses for painting - saying the ones they are handing out in Mexico are useless - so he's all set (what about my Mum??). Just the fact that now other countries outside of United States/Mexico are advising against travel to this part of the world - probably Canada will follow next.

Well, I'm not leaping on the panic button yet, I'll continue to do what I do to not spread germs (washing hands, coughing in sleeve) and hope for the best. That is the one thing now though with the Internet - news travels so fast - if it was around during the Spanish Flu - who knows what the minute-by-minute reports would have been like at websites such as Health Map.

Stay safe and healthy everyone!!!

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