Friday, November 20, 2009

H1N1 - It strikes without warning

This wasn't my planned blog post but I feel it's important to share this if it helps anyone be better prepared if H1N1 hits your home.
The H1N1 flu has reared it's ugly head here and it came without warning just like medical practitioners predicted. As much as I've read and heard about it, it is still very frightening.

When Tyler went to bed Tuesday night, he was fine. Wednesday morning he woke up with a slight cough. He called at 10:30 a.m to tell me he wasn't staying after school as planned, he wasn't feeling well. When he got off the bus his ears were red and he wasn't doing well at all.
His temp was 102 at that time. I gave him tylenol/advil and sent him to bed. Yesterday morning he was burning up and had a severe cough. His temp was 104.7. I called the DR and she diagnosed H1N1 without a visit to her office. He is now on Tamiflu as are the rest of us as a preventative measure. He has been very sick and I have been very worried. We have kept his temp down with ibuprofen and cold cloths and now it's nearly normal although the dry hacking cough has made his throat and chest very sore. His back muscles ache from coughing so much. Thankfully he rests in between coughing spells and I really believe the tamiflu was the key in his quick turn around.

Not sure how it is in other states but Maine has had a severe shortage of H1N1 flu vaccine. Our schools were supposed to have it over a month ago and still have not. He was scheduled for the vaccine Dec 1. He will still get it if and when it happens. I'm very cautious about vaccines but think this one is a good one to have. This flu is dangerous and thankfully Tyler was very healthy prior to this or it could have been much worse.

I pray none of your families are hit with this.


Sue said...

I've read on many blogs how quickly this hits....and how bad it can be. Hopefully this bug will burn itself out quickly--it seems to have spread more rapidly than anticipated.
Best to you-hope you all come through okay.

threecollie said...

Wow, I really hope he feels better soon. Our schools are full of it and many of the kids' friends have had scary!

Becca's Dirt said...

My grandson was diagnosed with it. Tamiflu was prescribed and he did very well. Seems Tamiflu is some good stuff. Glad to hear your son is recovering.

Candy Duell said...

We have had it in our house, my 2 grand kids had it. Watch out for secondary infections. Especially that cough. My granddaughter was put on an antibiotic after she felt better because of the secondary infection. I hope everyone feels better soon!

Shula said...

I hope he feels better soon. My 9 year-old son had it last week. Very high fever, started vomiting a few times and the cough. We made him stay in his room, wear a mask if he went out anywhere (doctors etc) and tried to keep our distance as much as possible, although that's hard with a sick child. Lots of disinfecting the house, and most of all handwashing! Its been a week since his fever broke and no-one else is sick so we did something right.

Keep up the round the clock tylenol for the fever. Make sure he is hydrated (popsicles are very good and something like pedialytes with an electrolyte are essential if he gets sick), and stop the cold cloths. That actually causes shivering which increases body temperature.

corinne said...

I hope he feels better soon : (.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

I hope he is better soon and that you guys don't get it. Same here with the vaccine shortage. People standing outside clinics for hours in inclement weather with their youngsters -only to be turned away. Sad state of affairs...

Be well.

Nancy K. said...

I hope your son is fully recovered soon and that nobody else in your family gets it. Like Candy, my daughter was warned to be very watchful for secondary infections. Apparently some kids seem to recover and then it flares back up, worse than ever, a week or so later! My Grandson's doctor warned that that was the real danger.

I'll keep you all in my prayers.

Peggy said...

Several of the grands got hit with this and it hit out quickly. I was very blessed not to get it while caring for them but wore a mask and kept washing my hands. Hope it soon leaves your family and he feels better soon.

Deb said...

My thanks to all of your for your prayers, kind words and health tips. I appreciate them all.
Ty is resting and his fever is normal. The cough is not as frequent as it was yesterday. Hopefully he will recover quickly and the rest of us will stay healthy!
Thankfully he is on vacation this coming week so he can take it easy and get his strength back.

I pray you and your families stay well.

Thanks again,

DayPhoto said...

Gosh, Deb! I guess the good thing is he doesn't have to miss lots of school, but being so sick isn't good either.

I'm glad he is doing better and I hope none of the rest of you come down sick. Milking cows or doing outside chores sick is not easy.


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