Swine Flu, Pregnancy, and Fertility

Here is an interesting article by Colette Bouchez that I saw over at NowPublic.

Naturally, this article is of particular interest to me, as young Nuke Jr. and his bride are expecting their first in early September. (P.S. sonograms say it’s a boy…. Nuke III, maybe?)

If flu occurs, here are the recommendations …

The first is to control your fever.The March of Dimes recommends acetaminophen (Tylenol) but talk to your doctor first to make certain it’s okay for you. You should also try to keep your body as cool as possible with cold compresses, and drink plenty of fluids. Pregnancy is not the time to “sweat out ” a fever.

Second is continue to take your prenatal vitamins – particularly 1000 mcg of folic acid. Studies conducted at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in England, found that women who took a multi vitamin high in folic acid during pregnancy decreased their baby’s risk of birth defects, even if they ran a fever while pregnant.


And the use of the antivirals, tamiflu and relenza?

… it’s important to note that there have not been any cases of birth defects or other serious health concerns linked to the use of these drugs in pregnant women who have used them.

All good to know. Thanks Colette.

cross-posted at Nuke’s

The judgement to lead

As Taleban fighters continue their surge toward the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, the prospects of Islamic terrorists coming into the possession of nuclear weapons has never been closer. The gap, in fact, is a mere 60 miles.

The “test” that Joe Biden warned about may be upon us.

“Mark my words…… With the next, first six months of this administration, if we win, they’re going to — we’re going to face a major international challenge. Because they’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him.”

Instead of placating the radical Left by picking a fight with the previous administration over the definition of “torture,” our new president might be forced to spend some of his considerable people skills on the security task at hand.  And, if he in unsuccessful in “mending fences with our enemies, he may have to consider acting in the security interests of the Free World by securing the nuclear stockpile.

Obama told us that he was capable of doing this. … “Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.”

No big surprise if you don’t remember this. It was buried by the other comments he made at the same San Francisco fundraiser — the famous “clinging to guns and religion” statement. (I mean, really, who can doubt that DHS’s report on right-wing extremism is any different than Obama’s own true feelings about conservatives?)  Obama went on to say that among the three candidates for President, he alone possesses “the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics.”  source

What a piece of work, this man.  Perhaps he remembers making these statements.  Let us hope that his recollection is better than the statements he made regarding Cuba as recently as 2004, something that he described last week as happening “eons ago.”

Although Mr. Obama has been quick to blame many of the problems of the nation on his predecessor, one thing he inherited that is in good condition is our military.  Their bravery and mettle may have to bear the brunt of Obama’s “test.”

They, as well as he, are in my prayers.

(cross-posted at Nuke’s)

2nd anniversary of The Reid Doctrine™

It has been two years since the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, declared the war in Iraq as a defeat for the United States.

We named his policy of pre-emptive surrender, The Reid Doctrine™

“Now I believe, myself, that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision as to what the president knows: that this war is lost, that the surge is not accomplishing anything,”
–Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Let’s go to the video …

Happy anniversary Senator Reid.

Hell no, we ain’t forgettin’.

h/t Alaphiah

New screen cleaner

My computer screen was dirty. I ordered a new screen cleaner. Works great. Check it out

Life in Natchez is just so gay

Adam Koob’s February piece in the Natchez Democrat is still a major topic of conversation in southwest Mississippi. The claims that have attracted the most attention, or generated the most controversy, depending upon your perspective …

“At least 25 percent of Natchez is openly gay or are in a gay relationship.”

and,

“All the men are gay after midnight in Natchez.”

Dang! Who knew?

Kudos Bennie Thompson

I can’t believe I actually said “Kudos” and “Bennie Thompson” in the same sentence. 

But, there it is.

Tuesday, Chairman Thompson (MS-2nd) sent a letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano saying that he was “dumbfounded” that DHS would issue a report identifying veterans as potential terrorist threats.

“This report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans — including war veterans,” said Thompson in the letter sent yesterday.

Thompson’s letter comes as a welcome surprise to many conservatives who saw the report as being aimed not only at veterans, but also at law-abiding people who believe in gun rights, are pro-life, or who are religious.

To see Mr. Thompson make such a strong and principled stand earns him high praise from this corner.

Thank you Bennie Thompson.

h/t Ed Morrisey

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