Sunday Sit-Down – Meme

Sunday Sit-Down

For me, Sunday’s are a day for catching up on some: housework, blog related-tasks and figuring out what I’m going to do in the coming week. I thought it would also be a nice idea to recap a little of what’s been going on in my life and on my blog. If you’d like to join in on this meme, I encourage you to do so. :) It’s a nice way to let others know what you’ve been up to, where you’ve been (on the Internet or in “real” life) and help us keep track of everything that’s going on. Don’t forget to link back to the Sunday Sit-Down post at Book Reviews By Bobbie, so others can read your post too!

Another slow week on the blog. Our Friday’s Find talked about the H1N1 virus thats sweeping across the globe. NEW TBR Review books arrived and I wished everyone a Happy Halloween.

This week was really busy in a not-so-good way, here at home. DS isn’t feeling very well and he has a pretty bad lung infection. It’s quite common for both of us to get lung infections if we get a cold or flu but this time around we also had to worry about the H1N1 virus. On Thursday, DS and I waited in line for over 2 hours to receive our seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccinations. I’m glad that we got them but the vaccination isn’t working at full force for 2 weeks, so I am keeping DS home from school for next week or possibly a little longer. I hope that you and your family are well and if not, I hope that you all get better really soon!

What have you been up to this week?

Friday’s Find – Meme – H1N1

 Friday's Find   Book Reviews By Bobbie

We’ll chat about a fascinating book, audiobook, movie, blog, website, etc. It might be trendy or unpopular, old or new…it’s sure to be interesting and it’s hosted by yours truly! Please offer your thoughts on our Friday’s Find and share your own.  Don’t forget to link-back to Book Reviews By Bobbie; if you leave a comment in this week’s Friday’s Find, other people will be able to stop by & read your post as well.

This Friday’s Find is a VIRUS:

H1N1

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Influenza A (H1N1) virus is a subtype of influenzavirus A and the most common cause of influenza (flu) in humans. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans and cause a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a large fraction of all seasonal influenza. H1N1 strains caused roughly half of all human flu infections in 2006. Other strains of H1N1 are endemic in pigs (swine influenza) and in birds (avian influenza).

In June 2009, World Health Organization declared that flu due to a new strain of swine-origin H1N1 was responsible for the 2009 flu pandemic. This strain is often called “swine flu” by the public media.

Swine influenza (also called swine flu, hog flu, pig flu and sometimes, the swine) is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus. Swine influenza virus (SIV) is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

Antigenic Shift

Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human influenza, it is called zoonotic swine flu. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. The meat of an infected animal poses no risk of infection when properly cooked.

During the mid-20th century, identification of influenza subtypes became possible, allowing accurate diagnosis of transmission to humans. Since then, only 50 such transmissions have been confirmed. These strains of swine flu rarely pass from human to human. Symptoms of zoonotic swine flu in humans are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namely chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort. The recommended time of isolation is about five days.

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Preliminary genetic characterization found that the hemagglutinin (HA) gene was similar to that of swine flu viruses present in U.S. pigs since 1999, but the neuraminidase (NA) and matrix protein (M) genes resembled versions present in European swine flu isolates. The six genes from American swine flu are themselves mixtures of swine flu, bird flu, and human flu viruses. While viruses with this genetic makeup had not previously been found to be circulating in humans or pigs, there is no formal national surveillance system to determine what viruses are circulating in pigs in the U.S.

On June 11, 2009, the WHO declared an H1N1 pandemic, moving the alert level to phase 6, marking the first global pandemic since the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

An October 11, 2009 worldwide update by the U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO) states that “74 countries have officially reported over 399,234 laboratory confirmed cases of the influenza pandemic H1N1 infection, including 4,735 deaths.”

Already this fall, 292 deaths have been reported by the 28 states reporting laboratory-confirmed H1N1 cases to the CDC. Schuchat said the number of cases likely reflected under-reporting, but that the ages of affected patients was probably a good reflection of practice.

The age breakdown was:

* 3.1% ages 4 and under
* 13.7% ages 5 to 18
* 6.8% ages 19 to 24
* 32.5% ages 25 to 49
* 32.2% ages 50 to 64
* 11.6% ages 65 and older

Over the same Sept. 1 to Oct. 10 period, there were 4,958 laboratory-confirmed H1N1-related hospitalizations reported to the CDC by 27 states.

The ages of those hospitalized were:

* 19% ages 4 and younger
* 25.3% ages 5 to 18
* 8.7% ages 19 to 24
* 24% ages 25 to 49
* 15% ages 50 to 64
* 7.2% ages 65 and older

On October 25, 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama officially declared H1N1 a “national emergency”.

Canadian H1N1 Stats

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A study -conducted in coordination with the University of Michigan Health Service- is scheduled for publication in the December 2009 American Journal of Roentgenology warning that H1N1 flu can cause pulmonary emboli, surmised as a leading cause of death in this current pandemic. The study authors suggest physician evaluation via contrast enhanced CT scans for the presence of pulmonary emboli when caring for patients diagnosed with respiratory complications from a “severe” case of the H1N1 flu.

DS and I got our seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccination today and I’m happy that we did.  It will take 2 weeks before we have immunity but at least we’ve taken the first step!

Are YOU going to get vaccinated?

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Sunday Sit-Down – Meme

Sunday Sit-Down

For me, Sunday’s are a day for catching up on some: housework, blog related-tasks and figuring out what I’m going to do in the coming week. I thought it would also be a nice idea to recap a little of what’s been going on in my life and on my blog. If you’d like to join in on this meme, I encourage you to do so. :) It’s a nice way to let others know what you’ve been up to, where you’ve been (on the Internet or in “real” life) and help us keep track of everything that’s going on. Don’t forget to link back to the Sunday Sit-Down post at Book Reviews By Bobbie, so others can read your post too!

The beginning of the week was pretty slow. On Thursday I reviewed two books; Highland Rebel by Judith James and Chosen by Desire by Kate Perry. Both of these book were great reads but I absolutely LOVED Kate Perry’s newest book!!! Our Friday’s Find featured a movie this week called Zombieland! :) It sounds like a hilarious movie, if  a wee bit icky because of all the killing. I received several new books for review and I’ll post about them this week.

What have you been up to this week?

 

Friday’s Find – Meme

Friday's Find   Book Reviews By Bobbie

We’ll chat about a fascinating book, audiobook, movie, blog, website, etc. It might be trendy or unpopular, old or new…it’s sure to be interesting and it’s hosted by yours truly! Please offer your thoughts on our Friday’s Find and share your own.  Don’t forget to link-back to Book Reviews By Bobbie; if you leave a comment in this week’s Friday’s Find, other people will be able to stop by & read your post as well.

This Friday’s Find is a MOVIE:

Zombieland

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Zombieland sounds like a crazy movie but I really want to see it! ;) It arrived in theatres on October 2nd, 2009.  It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Woody Harrelson and centers around a zombie infested planet where just a few humans are still trying to survive.

About the Movie:
“In the horror comedy Zombieland focuses on two men who have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Columbus is a big wuss — but when you’re afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee is an AK-toting, zombie-slaying’ bad ass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. As they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.” Written by Columbia Pictures

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Sunday Sit-Down – Meme

Sunday Sit-Down

For me, Sunday’s are a day for catching up on some: housework, blog related-tasks and figuring out what I’m going to do in the coming week. I thought it would also be a nice idea to recap a little of what’s been going on in my life and on my blog. If you’d like to join in on this meme, I encourage you to do so. :) It’s a nice way to let others know what you’ve been up to, where you’ve been (on the Internet or in “real” life) and help us keep track of everything that’s going on. Don’t forget to link back to the Sunday Sit-Down post at Book Reviews By Bobbie, so others can read your post too!

Yet another week closer to Halloween; it is such a fun time of year for our DS and thousands of other children around the word. :) This week, I reviewed a cookbook called Earth to Table by Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann and I posted about 7 New TBR Review Copy – Arrivals. Our Friday’s Find highlighted another interesting book, Tainted by Brooke Morgan. On Saturday evening, we had our monthly Bloggers Unite Book Club Chat; we talked about one of Stephen King’s novels, The Shining. What a fantastic book too!!!

Here at home it has been a busy week of reading and networking. Other then that, we’ve been taking care of our 4 month old puppy “Spot”; he is losing his milk teeth and seems to think that chewing on his big puppy feet is great fun! Go figure lol ;)

What have you been up to this week?

Friday’s Find – Meme

Friday's Find   Book Reviews By Bobbie

We’ll chat about a fascinating book, audiobook, movie, blog, website, etc. It might be trendy or unpopular, old or new…it’s sure to be interesting and it’s hosted by yours truly! Please offer your thoughts on our Friday’s Find and share your own.  Don’t forget to link-back to Book Reviews By Bobbie; if you leave a comment in this week’s Friday’s Find, other people will be able to stop by & read your post as well.

This Friday’s Find is a BOOK:

 Tainted by Brooke Morgan

Tainted

About the Book:

“Holly Barrett first saw Jack Dane early one morning—tall, tan, and so heartbreakingly handsome he took her breath away. He also seemed like the last person to disrupt her quiet, uneventful days with her sensitive daughter, Katy. But the charming, enigmatic Englishman has blown into her small Cape Cod town like a brisk summer wind off the bay.

He sweeps Holly off her feet, and is soon touching the lives of everyone she deeply cares about. But is Jack the considerate, concerned gentleman he appears to be—or is there a very different creature lurking below the surface? Has a monster entered her life . . . and how far will Holly have to go to save the person she loves more than anyone else in the world?”

Brooke Morgan photo by John RickwoodAbout the Author:

Brooke Morgan is a Bostonian who now lives in London with her two children. Tainted is her first novel.

 Tainted is available from Avon Adult (HarperCollins Canada) on December 1st 2009. You can pre-order a copy of Tainted from Amazon.ca right now.

Sunday Sit-Down

Sunday Sit-Down

For me, Sunday’s are a day for catching up on some: housework, blog related-tasks and figuring out what I’m going to do in the coming week. I thought it would also be a nice idea to recap a little of what’s been going on in my life and on my blog. If you’d like to join in on this meme, I encourage you to do so. :) It’s a nice way to let others know what you’ve been up to, where you’ve been (on the Internet or in “real” life) and help us keep track of everything that’s going on. Don’t forget to link back to the Sunday Sit-Down post at Book Reviews By Bobbie, so others can read your post too!

This week brought with it the first signs of winter; it snowed several time and the temperatures dropped down to -11 degrees celsius with the windchill…brrrr. The leaves are falling off the trees in a hurry and the grass is almost dead but this is to be expected.
I had the pleasure of hosting 3 lovely guest authors on Monday;
Emily Bryan, Jennifer Ashley and Alissa Johnson joined us for the day, generously giving away 3 books and they talked about their latest release, A Christmas Ball. On Tuesday, I re-posted an article about the potential effect that the new FTC Regulations will have on Canadian Bloggers. Our Friday’s Find highlighted a gorgeous, upcoming book called The Bedside Book of Beasts by Graeme Gibson; its available for pre-order right now and it is available to the general public on October 20th, 2009. Last but certainly not least, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! This time of year is so fun; even though we are far from most of our family, we start bundling up and before you know it, Christmas arrives! Christmas is my favorite time of year with caroling, the smell of pine needles, lots of great food and being surrounded by the ones we love. So, a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you all and I wish you many, many more to come!

What have you been up to this week?