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A Swine Flu (H1N1) Update: How To Own Pink In The Face of a Pandemic

Lissa Rankin's picture

swinefluIt’s been almost three months since the media blasted swine flu all over every newscast. They hype has died down but swine now (now called H1N1) is still out there, and you Pinkies are still writing to me about it. So I thought I’d put on my white coat today and put up another post.

What’s The Scoop With the H1N1 Virus Today?
On 6/11/09, the World Health Organization (WHO) uttered the scary words in capital letters“Global Pandemic” and raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 (yikes!) Why did they do this? It reflects the spread of the novel H1N1 virus, not the severity of the disease. It reflects ongoing community outbreaks in more than 70 countries, but it’s not a signal that the virus has suddenly mutated into a flu that makes you bleed out of your eyeballs.

Where is The Epidemic Concentrated?
The United States continues to report the largest number of novel H1N1 cases worldwide, but most people who have come down with the virus have recovered without medical treatment. It’s a scary-sounding flu, but it’s still just the flu- body aches, fever, headaches, chills, fatigue, sore throat, cough, runny nose, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

As of 7/10/09, the CDC reported 37,246 cases of novel H1N1 flu, with 211 deaths and 54 states/territories affected in the United States, with the highest counts in Texas, Illinois, California, and New York.

I Heard A Rumor That This Flu Has Become Resistant to Tamiflu (Oseltamivir). Is This True?

Yes. This month, the WHO reported 3 cases of novel H1N1 virus resistant to Tamiflu (oseltamivir). All three were still sensitive to zanamivir and all three patients recovered their health (and hopefully their mojo!) Over 1000 other viruses from infected individuals have been tested and all were sensitive to both drugs. So don't panic, Pinkies.

Is There a Swine Flu (H1N1) Vaccine Yet?

No. Unfortunately, not yet. But rest assured. They're working their butts off to create one. Stay tuned.

How Can You Own Pink In The Face of an H1N1 Flu Pandemic?
1. Care for the temple your soul lives within. Are you taking care of your body? Are you drinking green juice to build up your body’s defenses? Are you following the 17 Ways To Avoid Swine Flu? Optimize your chances of fighting off H1N1 should you get it by taking care of yourself.
2. Avoid giving in to fear. Fear paralyzes and separates you from your joy. Fear is the opposite of Owning Pink.
3. Live your life in this present moment. If you don’t have H1N1 flu right this very moment, what have you got to worry about? If you or your family comes down with the flu tomorrow, you can deal with it when in the present moment tomorrow. Everything else is just wasted energy.
4. To quote James Dean, “Dream is if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.” If you’re living like this, you’ll have no regrets, should you get ill.
5. Love generously. Make sure you have left no opportunity for loving kindness or compassion unexpressed. Should you, a friend, or a family member get ill, have you expressed love freely?
6. Start allowing your authentic self to come out TODAY. What better time to be the real you than right now? If you get the flu, you’ll already be on the road to you, which is a much better place to be when fighting any illness.
7. Surrender to the fact that you are not in charge of your swine flu destiny. If JABA (Jesus/Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, Athena, etc) plans for you to get the flu, you’re gonna get the flu, honey! Sure, you can go buy masks, cancel all your plane trips, hide in a garret, and keep your kids home from camp. But if the Universe intends for you to get sick, you’re gonna get sick. Let go of the belief that you can control every aspect of your life. It will only limit you and keep you from living a joyful life.
8. Pray to your God. Pray that your fear be released. Pray that you will have the strength to face whatever lies ahead. Ask for guidance when you’re making decisions. And if you get sick, pray for direction. What are the life lessons you’re supposed to learn from your illness? If your biggest fear was that you would fall victim to H1N1- and then you do- what’s that all about? Mine the gold from all experiences, even the scary, painful, uncomfortable ones.
9. Free your inner child and play. What? Am I crazy? Play in the face of swine flu? Yup. You heard me right. Play in the face of cancer. Play in the face of divorce. Play in the face of losing a loved one. Whether it’s being the victim of a crime, infertility, an empty nest, unemployment, or a broken heart that’s standing between you and your joy, PLAY. Blow bubbles. Do cartwheels. Shoot silly string. Giggle. Whatever it takes. I swear it will help you face anything.
10. Learn from your reaction to the H1N1 pandemic. Are you able to move on, live your life, care for yourself, and release your fear in the face of the small risk to the health of you and your family? Or are you perseverating on your anxiety? Chances are this reaction applies to other things in your life.

Remember, your chances of being infected by H1N1 are low, and your chance of dying is almost zilch. You take a greater risk every time you get in your car. Perspective, Pinkies!

Most importantly, keep your mojo alive and kicking. When you’ve got mojo, you can tackle anything. (Get outa the way, swine flu! Me and my mojo have got you licked!) Got questions, comments, or wisdom you want to share? Post your thoughts please! We always love hearing from you.

OP jpegOink oink (and BE WELL!),
Lissa Rankin (with my MD hat on)

PS. Want to read more Pink Posts about Swine Flu? Here ya go!
Swine Flu and Pregnancy
17 Ways To Avoid Swine Flu and Why Not to Freak Out
The Zen of Swine Flu: A Lesson in Surrender
A Swine Flu Meditation to Help You Keep Your Mojo
Sex For Swine Flu Prevention: A Pink Guide To Orgasm
Give Swine Flu a Piece of Whoop Ass With Green Juice

Have a child who's anxious about swine flu? Here are some tips.

This blog, and the book on which it is based, is a complement to - not a substitute for - professional advice and intervention, and is not intended to replace the advice of a gynecologist or medical professional, who should be consulted about any health care issues that may affect the individual reader. The information contained in this book is the product of observations made by the author in her practice, as well as her review of relevant literature in her field of expertise. The literature at times reflects conflicting opinions and conclusions. The views expressed herein are the personal views of the author and are not intended to reflect the views of any group or organization with whom the author is affiliated.

Comments

Lissa Rankin's picture

Since the vaccine isn't even

Since the vaccine isn't even out yet, I honestly can't say I have an opinion yet. Because I work in the health care industry, I will probably get it, just to protect me and my family. But I hear you, Julie. Our fears benefit big business. If you and your family don't have other predisposing factors that put you at higher risk, and you don't usually get flu shots, you may choose not to get the vaccine, should one be available. Most people who have gotten sick recover spontaneously with no lasting effects. So chances are, if you do get the virus, you'll be just fine. But those at higher risk may really benefit from it.

Julie's picture

Hi Lissa, Wondering what your

Hi Lissa, Wondering what your thoughts are about the vaccine, especially for kids? I don't typically get flu shots for myself or my kids and with this one, I am especially concerned about the toxic side-effects and the fact that there will be little, if any, history on problems. It seems like there is a lot of "fear mongering" in an effort to drive a global vaccination campaign, which ultimately benefits the pharmaceutical companies. I am not against all vaccines, but am concerned about the "more harm than good" possibility of this one.

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