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Saturday, November 7, 2009

When swine fly?! Ya right ;)

So my poor little monkey was diagnosed with H1N1 and is on antiviral drug Tamiflu and an antibiotic for an ear infection. It started last week with a runny nose (me too) and a bit of a cold. On Sunday/Monday I felt like a I go sideswiped by a Mack truck (my flu) and spent Monday in bed. She was fine... another baby at the sitters was also not 100%, and then they both ended up with fever... and the sniffles worsened, then the ears started hurting and what was supposed to be a healthy baby visit ended up as an H1N1 diagnosis!

SO in the last 6 days she's been almost permanently attached to me so I haven't been able to get much of anything done creatively, let alone laundry from all the the puke - YUCK - not only from the flu, the meds!!!

Anyhow... some points to note from her Peed in how do differentiate between the regular cold, the flu(s) and the H1N1:
- if there's a fever, it's not a cold, it's the flu
- if there's a fever with CHILLS - it's likely a H1N1
- H1N1 can affect people in different ways, from mild to severe. What we hear on the news is very severe, most cases we never hear about EXCEPT when the pharmacy says they are backordered for the meds ;)
- Those people who get sick and are back to regular activities in about 4 days probably had a slight case of H1N1

** What the news doesn't tell you... just becasue you had "a" flu already this season, doesn't mean you won't get it again and if you do get hit a second time, your body's defenses will already be compromised so you'll get a worse case of a flu and if the second time around happens to be H1N1 it will knock you off you feet!!! It's a very unusual and aggressive flu that we haven't seen in a very long time/lotta years and what is unusual is that it unusually seems to affect healthy young people making it pretty scary!
The H1N1 swine flu is a disease that afflicts younger people more-so than normal flus, and can be especially serious for those underlying medical conditions eg. asthma, heart disease or lung disease, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, those under 6 months of age, pregnant women, etc etc are at a much higher risk. If you have a fever and chills - seek medical attention!
So baby is doing well, and back to jumping on the bed singing "no more monkeys" and is enjoying all the hugs and kisses and attention. The other 2 adults living in our home are healthy as ever and both have shared the same living space, kitchen and we all eat together at the same table at the same time. We do however use the dishwasher for all things that come in contact with the mouth with hot water and I use Lysol wipes on most shared surfaces every night. And as an extra precaution, all soft toys have been put into hiding and all the plastics that can be easier sanitized (from puke) are all she's got playing with right now - except the stuffies in her bed ;)

So, the bottom line is, they'll likely diagnose you H1N1 becasue they can't really tell the difference... without blood work which takes about 2 weeks to get the results of (waste of time and money) so once diagnosed, quarantine the infected person for 5 days and if they are younger, have a healthy person care for the child and if you are reading this going WTF?! Reeelaxxx... just eat well, sleep well, wash hands often, keep your hands away from mouh, eyes and nose and be smart & keep healthy!

This is Dr.Nix reporting... over and out ;)
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(P.S. I'm not a real doctor and what I have summarized above is FYI from the MD and my own musings all mixed up and not the opinions of anyone qualified to diagnise or give a medical opinion)

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