Friday, September 25, 2009

Day three

I'm on day three of the flu, and I don't remember the last time I felt this miserable.

The doctors here are saying that if you have the flu it's most likely H1N1. They're not even bothering to test people right now because the labs would get so backed up that it wouldn't do any good. So my doc said not to come in to the office unless I get desperately ill, which I'm not, even though I feel rotten. The doctors want people to stay home and not spread the bug.

I called the pediatrician to see about getting Tamiflu as a preventative for at least Elizabeth, but he said no. If and when any of the kids show signs of being sick, they'll prescribe it. Apparently there are concerns that the virus has already started to mutate as a result of Tamiflu being given as a preventative. Damn.

Ella was sick two weeks ago. She ran a high fever and had a headache and a horrible cough for 24 hours and then rebounded with a vengeance. I figured it was her annual bout of croup, but maybe it was H1N1 after all. The little girl who lives next door had H1N1 a week ago, and I've been waiting for my kids to get it since they were playing with her right before she got sick. So far, everyone is healthy.

I've been housebound since Tuesday night, too fuzzy headed to get any work done, which is bad because I have deadlines looming. I haven't done any laundry or housework, which means things are getting a mite grubby around here. B's been a big help with the kids, but he does still need to work. I've been napping when Elizabeth and Campbell nap and tipping into bed as soon as Elizabeth gets tucked for the night.

Here's hoping I feel better by Monday so I can get caught up and that no one else in the house gets it. Stay healthy everyone, this bug is wicked.

7 comments:

Shelly said...

Poor thing! What a crummy week! I hope you feel better soon.

Becca said...

OH that sucks. That prob was the flu Ella had. My pediatrician said no tamiflu unless you have a chronic illness. and they a ren't testing here either. they say the only flu around is H1N1. Poor you. If your nose starts to turn up and you grow a tail tehn definitley see a dr! ;-) Hope you get better soon, i dodged it so far.

Baino said...

Sorry to hear it Heather. It's no fun being poorly when you have a young family, ironically, now that mine are grown, I hardly ever get sick at all! Hope you're feeling better by the weekend.

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Wow. Rest up and feel better soon. I watched a video from Dr. Sanjay Gupta who got H1N1 while on assignment in Afghanistan. Check this out to see if your symptoms fall in line with his -

http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2009/09/23/i-went-to-afghanistan-and-all-i-got-was-h1n1/

the mama bird diaries said...

Yuck. Feel better!

Cathy said...

being the sick one when the kids are healthy and running around is the worst! i think the virus has been going around my husband's office, and now he's not feeling good. i hope we don't get it

Becca said...

checking in, hope you are on the mend??