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Old 09-24-2012, 07:37 PM   #31
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Wow...all this has me nervous. I'm going to implement a rule to the family that we have to wash our hands every time we enter our stateroom. Keep the germs out!!

I also think I will be bringing my unused Rx of phenergan for myself and DH and my sons unused Zofran suspension. I always bring a whole drug box with me anyway, along with packets of EmergenC.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #32
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We were on the dream 9/16-9/20. On the 19th my finance got a fever and tummy issues. We got home on the 20th and both my girls were vomiting and had fevers :/
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:10 PM   #33
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I wonder if sometimes people mistake a sensitive stomach for norovirus.

We cruised in June and DH and I had been on an aggressive diet beforehand. Our stomachs were not ready for the rich food that we had on board. Let's not talk about the Bearnaise sauce at the EG for dinner.....

Not once did we ever assume it was "norovirus" or food poisoning. We just figured it was our temperamental tummies!
Maybe... my dd got Norovirus once. We were called to pick her up from a sleepover, less than an hour later 2 other kids had been sent home. Parents hosting the sleepover were horrified that they had made these kids sick. By the next day, however, everybody learned that a huge number of kids from the school were sick. That highly contagious aspect was very clear.... I think it was about 20-30% students/teachers depending on the grade. School was completely sanitized....
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:19 PM   #34
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Sorry to hear your husband was ill...but how do you know it was norovirus and not just the flu or something else. Also sorry you had a snarky nurse.

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"The flu" (influenza) does not cause the GI symptoms listed. What people informally call "the stomach flu" is viral gastroenteritis, and norovirus is the most common cause of same, on a cruise ship or off.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #35
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My mom got a really serious type of food poisoning from under-cooked chicken at a Hard Rock Cafe about 12 years or so ago. She went to her doctor after 5 days. They drew blood and did cultures. I don't know the name of it but it was something bad enough that the local health department as well as the health department where the restaurant was contacted her. Her stomach was a mess for several months. If took her almost a year to get back to 100%. I've never heard of anyone having a food poisoning like that before or since. It was so bad. To this day when she eats in restaurants she orders all her meat burnt. Yuck! But I don't guess I can blame her. LOL!
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:34 PM   #36
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Wow...all this has me nervous. I'm going to implement a rule to the family that we have to wash our hands every time we enter our stateroom. Keep the germs out!!
I was on the 8/24/12 Dream cruise and I was amazed at how many people left the restroom without washing their hands. I definitely washed my hands every time and used the paper towel to turn off the tap, when necessary, and open the bathroom door.

If everyone followed these simple suggestions, which DCL posts in every public bathroom, there would be a lot less sickness on board.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:42 PM   #37
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I was on the 8/24/12 Dream cruise and I was amazed at how many people left the restroom without washing their hands. I definitely washed my hands every time and used the paper towel to turn off the tap, when necessary, and open the bathroom door.

If everyone followed these simple suggestions, which DCL posts in every public bathroom, there would be a lot less sickness on board.
I'm a chronic hand washer because I'm in healthcare. Luckily my toddler has picked up on this habit. He is very good about keeping his paws washed. We are gonna be some hand washing fools on this cruise. Target sells travel size packets of Clorax cleanup wipes. May bring some of those as well as hand santizer wipes.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:48 PM   #38
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You can't help what bugs are out there on door knobs, handrails, etc. but you can help when your hands go in your mouth (or nose). We are very careful about handwashing as much as reasonably possible. I encourage my kids to not put their hands in/near their mouth or nose. If your eyes/nose itches (allergy sufferers understand) at least use a tissue or paper towel. You never know what you just touched and what germs are on your hands.

I've seen so many little kids touching so many things then put their hands in their mouth (or nose) Ick!
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:00 PM   #39
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Well, it definitely wasn't food poisoning. I ended up getting the same symptoms as DH on Monday evening. Was out of commission all day Tuesday and most of Wednesday. Finally feeling better today, but still suffering with dizziness. Apparently, there is a virulent strain going around in Florida. A friend of mine who is a nurse said several nurses at her hospital were out with it. One was even hospitalized. I can believe it after going through it myself. Keep those hands washed, folks. And don't let anyone barf on you!
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:45 PM   #40
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buffet: the serving spoons and everything else people touch to serve themselves...makes me consider eating at a sit down only or bringing my own serving spoons!
what kind of wipes are best as I just read that hand sanitizer wont work?
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:19 PM   #41
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Serving utensils are changed out on a very regular basis at the buffets for just this reason. If you are concerned, get your food in line and then clean your hands again before you eat your meal.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:18 AM   #42
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My mom got a really serious type of food poisoning from under-cooked chicken at a Hard Rock Cafe about 12 years or so ago. She went to her doctor after 5 days. They drew blood and did cultures. I don't know the name of it but it was something bad enough that the local health department as well as the health department where the restaurant was contacted her. Her stomach was a mess for several months. If took her almost a year to get back to 100%. I've never heard of anyone having a food poisoning like that before or since. It was so bad. To this day when she eats in restaurants she orders all her meat burnt. Yuck! But I don't guess I can blame her. LOL!
I wonder if she had Shigella. It is similar to salmonella but very severe. Our daughter came down with this a couple years ago and the clinic dr told us it was strep. Haha... Days later we had her in the ER and she was there three days until the cultures we took finally came back to tell us it was a very rare illness, Shigella. The culture took three days to grow, which is why it took so long to diagnose her. Her poor tummy was striped raw from it and took months to get halfway normal. They usually only see this about once a year or less. so of course the health dept. called us after we came home. We really think she picked it up from the play pool we had outside. Anything could have been in the hose when we ran the water and hoses are common ways. It also could have been food at a restaurant or school. No one else had it though.
I do not like using buffet utensils because I have seen people lick their fingers, then grab a spoon, or sneeze and wipe then grab. Ugh. I wonder if I would look weird if I kept some gloves in my pocket for buffets so I wouldn't have to go back to the bathroom afterwards.
And yes, use the paper towel to turn off the water and open the door. I tech my kids that as well!
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:58 AM   #43
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buffet: the serving spoons and everything else people touch to serve themselves...makes me consider eating at a sit down only or bringing my own serving spoons!
what kind of wipes are best as I just read that hand sanitizer wont work?
Wet Ones are supposed to kill noro...
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How common is this virus? May be a dumb question but does the flu shot help avoid it?
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It amazes me how many people think the flu, which is actually a respiratory illness, is a stomach virus. Two totally different things. I cannot even convince my mother of this

We picked up a stomach virus on our first cruise in 2009 (four-day Wonder). It was awful. My whole family of five was laid up the day and day after we got off the ship. We saw a girl vomit outside the theater, so I feel certain it was going around the ship.

I was so paranoid for our Med cruise last summer that I brought Lysol spray and Clorox wipes and disinfected the entire room before I let anymore enter. We were very diligent about hand-washing and using sanitizer and luckily no one got sick! Now I understand these things can and will happen but taking a few extra steps can help avoid it.
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