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Popi you have a wonderful time in Scotland! Is that your heritage? From photos, it looks like an absolutely beautiful country..

Regarding stocking up, I think I'll order another box of Honest Kitchen for Willow......just in case. Insurance won't let me reorder my prescriptions yet.

Here in Washington State, there is a little bit of panic setting in I think. Lots of TV talking heads (governor, local health officials, CDC, etc.) talking about the virus. I've heard that Costco and other stores have run out of TP, hand sanitizer and bottled water. We have our own well, so I don't worry about water. Shelves are empty of face masks. We are being warned to avoid crowds, such as ball games and events of that sort. They have set up local buildings in some areas that can be used for quarantine.

Both my husband and I are supposed to get blood draws for doctor appointments we have next week. Really not looking forward to going to a doctor's office! So far, though, I haven't heard of any cases in my particular county. We live in a relatively rural area so probably don't have the exposure as places like Seattle. The keep putting on the news to "plan, not panic".

Mudpuppymama, our neighbor got one of those canisters of survival food that you mentioned. Good for 25 years! I could probably live for a couple of years with what I have in the freezer and shelves from Costco trips! Might get a little boring though.
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DS was born with a rare combination of birth defects and has been high risk his whole life, and he caught everything even before his immune system became compromised. So there ARE moments when my breath catches, because itís a real risk. But, I just canít live afraid of it. We wash our hands. We didnít wait for a health crisis to have hand soap and hand sanitizer on hand, which is good since Costco is sold out here, too! When I buy toilet paper next, I might buy a little extra, and Iíll try not to completely run out, but I refuse to hoard it and contribute to a bigger problem. If that means I end up stuck with Kleenex and paper towel in a quarantine, itís the price I pay for living the way that is best for our family. Hopefully it wonít ruin our plumbing! If the situation gets more ďrusticĒ than that, well, I canít waste my time stressing about it, and my guess is by that point, toilet paper will be the least of our worries. Weíll just have to deal with it.

Iíll start looking at better ways to plan for future emergencies, I just think rushing out and buying a bunch of stuff right now is going to make it worse for everyone. What I really need to come up with is a good system of hoarding chocolate and candy in case of a quarantine! I would need some way of preventing myself from enjoying the whole stash before an emergency event...
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We just overbought our normal pantry staples and we have enough food to last a month if it came down to it. If not, then weíll save on grocery bills down the road. Today I finished it off by buying another 2 bags of pucks so Denver also has a months supply of food.
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Well... 90 people in Oklahoma have died this year from the Flu and 1,800 have died in the United States. Be sure and get a Flu Shot...it maybe more helpful than worrying about being quarantined.
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Well... 90 people in Oklahoma have died this year from the Flu and 1,800 have died in the United States. Be sure and get a Flu Shot...it maybe more helpful than worrying about being quarantined.
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I just asked my local Walmart pharmacy today and they told me that the insurance will only pay when your current refill is almost out, but if you have a good RX on file, you can buy a refill "out of pocket". So, the refill will cost $5 copay when it is time to refill it, or I can pay $38 out of pocket right now. Maybe you're buying peace of mind if you really think the Covid is going to go pandemic.

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Well... 90 people in Oklahoma have died this year from the Flu and 1,800 have died in the United States. Be sure and get a Flu Shot...it maybe more helpful than worrying about being quarantined.
Just be aware that there can be several strains of "flu' each year. A particular flu vaccine will cover only one strain, so it may be necessary to get 2 or 3 or 4 flu shots a year to cover all the vaccine specific strains for complete protection. Check with your physician if you have doubts or questions.

I know you weren't implying this @Mikki , but a "flu" shot WILL NOT protect you from the COronaVIrus (COVID-19). There is no known vaccine at this time. Researchers are working feverishly on this right now, but it may take as much as 18 months to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 strain of flu. In the meantime, yes, get your flu shot(s) as recommended by your physician to protect you from other strains of flu.

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I just asked my local Walmart pharmacy today and they told me that the insurance will only pay when your current refill is almost out, but if you have a good RX on file, you can buy a refill "out of pocket". So, the refill will cost $5 copay when it is time to refill it, or I can pay $38 out of pocket right now. Maybe you're buying peace of mind if you really think the Covid is going to go pandemic.
When I was growing up, my parents always had a weekís worth of medication in case of an emergency. It might have even been a month! I thought it was something everyone did. When DS was born, it quickly became a reminder of how incredibly organized my mom is! Setting up a weekís worth of medications when they all start and stop at different times and doses and medications change frequently was a nightmare. I gave up. Years later, when DS started taking life dependent specialty medications, the issue came up again because we ended up in the ER when they werenít delivered on time. I asked about filling an additional prescription and paying out of pocket to have extra on hand. The doctors and the pharmacy acted like I was a crazy person preparing for the apocalypse and gave me a bunch of reasons why it was problematic. At one point his dose increased and they sent in a new prescription. When I submitted my refill requests online, the old prescription was active, and I submitted a refill for both. 30 days of the old dose was equivalent to 2 weeks of the new dose, so it was helpful. I ended up needing them at least twice when his deliveries were delayed and lost, and another time to avoid having a refill sent to a hotel while we were out of town. But Iíve always wondered if it was a mistake I was able to fill both, and if I did something wrong somehow.

It seems like a smart thing to do, quarantine or not, and it doesnít make sense that it isnít easier.
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Yesterday I went to several stores because I always use Clorox Clean-Up Spray and keep a Purell wipes canister in my car. I was surprised to find there was no hand sanitizer or Clorox spray to be found anywhere. Today I was able to order both items from Home Depot and Instacart to be delivered tomorrow. We just have to hope not to be exposed... do lot's of hand washing and not touch our face. 😷

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How am I preparing for the COVID-19 virus? I am leaving this Friday for a week in Scotland. Our oldest daughter, JoJoMOMI, is gifting me with a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland for my ## birthday. She will be riding shotgun with me. HEY, I've had a wonderful life, no way am I going to pass on a trip to a place I've never been in the company of a beautiful woman! Momi and Ricky will be staying at home.

Hope you and your daughter have a fantastic trip Popi! My Dad was from Scotland. We went to the Edinburgh Festival and attended The Bramar Gathering three times. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and the highlands are mystical. Happy Birthday wishes! 🎂
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I visited Costco yesterday. It was particularly busy (which I try to avoid). I talked to the check out clerk about it and she said everyone was buying case loads of bottled water. I said I wasn't doing that because we have a Britta water filter at home with a supply of filters. The clerk said she didn't understand the panic because hadn't people heard about boiling drinking water if it came to that and was necessary. I said I agreed. I told her Momi and I were in the Peace Corps for two years a long time ago in a Country with an undependable water supply. We boiled all our water - drinking, washing dishes, anything potable - for two years straight and have lived to tell the tale.

I am more concerned about hydrocarbons in the air, chemicals in our food, clogged arteries, and a plethora of so-called qualified drivers in California taking me out than the COVID-19 virus!

[edit] I should add that while we were in the Peace Corps, a supply of TP was pretty dependable as long as we could make it to the nearest market which was 2 hours away over the open ocean in a 16 foot open boat. We went to market once a week on Fridays (because that's the only day the village chief's boat went to "town.") which was an all day affair. Sometimes bad weather and plain old "tu'u mama'o" happens and the boat did not go out so we ran out of TP and food staples (we had no refrigerator or electricity). So we had to resort to the local emergency backup method for TP.....................coconut husks!!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

We watch the TV series "Naked and Afraid" frequently. We can relate to the psychological challenges of having to adapt to unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations (including health issues) in a strange land. Mosquitoes put me in the hospital for two weeks as a result of septic shock. I am particularly allergic to mosquito saliva. Momi and I discuss where the participants could have made better choices and overlooked obvious solutions to problems and challenges. But for the record, we believe that at least 50% of the drama in Naked and Afraid is scripted in advance.

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This paragraph made me LOL!!! I think being NAKED in a mosquito and other insect invested area, along with other creepy things moving around with one tool and movie cameras filming nakedness, along with a scratched, wounded and dirty body is probably all the script that's needed.

I've watched it a couple of times but not my cuppa ... There are a lot of Bat-Sh## crazy people in this world.
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