Updated on 01.12.10

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Stomach Bug Edition

Trent Hamm

For the last few days, my entire family has been suffering from a vicious stomach bug. I was the first to get it – and the first to seemingly recover from it. After that, my daughter got it, then my wife got it, then my son got it, almost in domino-like order. It’s been several days of misery around here as everyone recovers from it (and helps others to get through it).

So, if I’m slow to answer emails or anything just now, that’s why.

On with some interesting articles I read during the past week.

When It’s Time to Destroy Debt, Start With a Goal Specifying a goal is the core of virtually anything you want to achieve with your money, your career, or your life. It all starts with a goal, and then a plan assembled on top of that goal. (@ wise bread)

What is your free time worth to you? I think the wisest statement here is this: “Focus on defining the experiences you value most, and how to get more of those experiences, and wise money/time choices will flow from that approach.” What really matters the most to you? Put that on top of everything else. Go from there. (@ unclutterer)

The Value of an Elite College Guess who had more career success on average: people who got into Harvard, or people who applied to Harvard but didn’t get accepted? It’s all about ambition. (@ free money finance)

How to Optimize Your Computer If you have a Windows-based computer, here’s how to replicate Best Buy’s “optimization” services for free. (@ bargaineering)

How YouTube Can Boost Your Grades I use YouTube as my first stop whenever I’m learning something new of any kind. There’s a nearly infinite abundance of useful information on there that’s easy to just watch, absorb, follow, and execute. (@ hack college)

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  1. KC says:

    Hope everyone gets better soon – nothing worse than a stomach bug going around.

  2. Johanna says:

    The study that’s described in the “value of an elite college” link is the same one that was linked to in the post, “It’s not the school, it’s the student,” back in November. It seems weird that the same paper would come up twice in a short period like that, especially since the paper itself is more than 10 years old.

    And I still think it’s worth noting that the paper’s analysis dealt with students who started college in 1976. And a lot of things have changed since then, so the results may or may not be applicable to students going to college today or in the future.

  3. MegB says:

    Ugh. Stomach bugs are the worst. My husband and I both had one right before Christmas, and it was miserable. Hope everyone is on the mend soon.

  4. Rita says:

    Hope everyone is over it and back to normal sooner than later.

  5. Kat says:

    As you seem to link elite colleges with expensive ones (and as this is a finance blog), it is worth noting that the study about colleges states:

    “there is a higher payoff to attending a more expensive school for children from low-income families”
    “For the pooled sample of men and women, these models indicate that students who attend higher tuition schools earn more after entering the labor market.”

    So, while an elite college doesn’t help, apparently going to the bargain college isn’t statistically a good idea either.

  6. Java Monster says:

    Make sure your family hasn’t caught H1N1–check with your doctor. I went to my doc yesterday, told I’d had a 102F temp twice in November. And she told me that often there are after-infections due to the Flu. Guess what I had? I’m now taking special antibiotics to clear up a persistent infection that I didn’t know I had! Anyhow, it’s worth checking into. My family got sick in domino fashion, too.

  7. Susan says:

    I hope that both you and your family will soon be feeling better. I am generally impervious to stress but there is nothing like having kids who are ill or injured to make my anxiety rise!

  8. Maureen says:

    Sorry to hear your family is ill. Be sure to prevent dehydration. Sip room temperature water (cold water will trigger vomiting). You can use drinks such as pedialyte to restore electrolyte balance.

  9. lurker carl says:

    Sorry to hear about your household epidemic. Get well soon, everyone!

  10. Henry says:

    Last year, my cousin had a stomach virus that went on for a week and half before she went to the doctor. It turned out she had a clostridium difficile bacteria that masqueraded as a very prolonged bout of bloating, and very foul diarrhea. She was trying to save a dime by treating it with immodium, but it wound up costing a fortune after they took out a long section of bowel and Sara wound up with a colostomy bag. Now she’s got that lifelong hassle and expense to deal with.
    A lot of doctors think that it is Norovirus, but it’s not.

  11. Squawkfox says:

    Hope you’re feeling better soon, Trent. Any kind of pain in the tummy is torture.

  12. Kate says:

    Feel better soon! And thank you that even in the midst of a stomach flu bug you managed to continue this great blog.

  13. Cheryl says:

    Hope you all feel better soon. I can relate, when the kids were little we had 4 cases of chicken pox in one month… I only got out to church one time and had a bad case of cabin fever!

  14. Joan says:

    To all of you who were complaining about the shelter thing; does this satisfy you? Trent, sorry to hear about your illness. The fact that my favorite blog was available each morning says a lot of great things about your work habits, preparedness and resourcefulness. Obviously, you were prepared to keep the blog going in an emergency. I’m gonna have to do more of your organizing tips. Thanks for a great blog.

  15. jc says:

    Not to pile onto your misery, Trent, but I have heard now numerous times that often what we call a “stomach bug” is really some form of food poisoning. Maybe not in this case. But double down on food safety for a bit, and think hard about whether any leftovers (which I know you love to use and reuse) have either not been getting chilled quickly enough or heated up hot enough for long enough.

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