Monday, November 9, 2009

Morning Memo

Morning Memo from Juliet for Monday, October 12, 2009

Good morning! I love the smell of Purell in the morning.

Autumn is in the air. Kids are packing into school buses to head out to Peltzer Farms, an adorably cute pumpkin patch (plus pony rides, petting zoo, and pig races) in Wine Country. Anyone who has had to stand in a ten-deep line waiting for the porta-potty after the long drive out to Bates Nut Farm will appreciate having a local alternative.

This is THE month for local Disneyland season pass holders to swamp the park. Friday was a "pupil-free day" at TVUSD elementary schools and it seemed like everyone in my Facebook feed was "in line for Space Mountain" or "stuck on the 91." Tipster Carolyn reports via her sister Loretta that Disneyland reached capacity for season pass holders on Friday afternoon. Today is Columbus Day and perfect Disneyland weather -- cool but dry -- so it should be another big day at the Mouse.

Everyone seems to be sniffling and sneezing, whether with coughs, colds, allergies, H1N1 "swine" flu, or regular good ol' seasonal flu. Our oldest daughter was sick for a week with the standard variety, which included fever, chills, and body aches. The day she was better I hustled both kids off to CVS's Minute Clinic for flu shots. (I figure lightning doesn't often strike twice but who wants to have the flu twice in one year?)

Local friend and Daily Temecula Tipster Reshma recommended Minute Clinic to me last year and I was very impressed. They have a fantastic and quick computerized sign-in procedure and we were seen very quickly. Two registered nurses working together administered the shots (including measuring out a pint-sized dose for our three year old after weighing her, and examining our seven year old including taking her temperature since she had been sick earlier in the week.) They submitted insurance paperwork and our PPO insurance covered both girls' shots ($30 cost) at 100%. Plus I was able to buy all of our Halloween candy at the same time.

H1N1 "swine" flu is definitely here in Riverside County. An October 6, 2009, County Department of Public Health press release says the County is scrambling to get vaccine clinics up and running by early this week. The first doses will be nasal spray, which is not recommended for anyone with a chronic health condition (including asthma), pregnant women, and adults over age 49.

Obsessive much? Track H1N1 locally on this website.

Have a crisp and brisk fall day!


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