Our beautiful Charlotte tested positive last week for "the flu" - Influenza A, H1N1, or as most know it; The Swine flu!
After a 4 hour period in which she got really sick, really fast and was not at all interested in staying awake or lifting her head off the pillow or keeping her eyes open, I decided to seek medical attention right away. However, our Pediatrician was so overwhelmed with sick cases that they were referring out to the ER or Immed. Medical Clinics. After a 2 hour wait, Charlotte was seen and after a stern "nudge" from me (never doubt Mother's intuition), her nose was swabbed and her test came back positive. Because it was caught "early" she was a candidate for Tamaflu which definitely seems to be helping.
I am writing this post simply because there seems to be a good deal of mis-information out there within schools and communities alike. I am NOT a Doctor, nor do I profess to be one, just a concerned Mommy looking out for her baby. I have done quite a bit of reading and research since last Thursday and have learned some great facts...some good and some bad. But any new illness where no one has been vaccinated against it and there are documented deaths (especially in kids), one of the little girls was just a few miles up the road and its extremely contagious 5-7 days) well it is hard not to panic or over react or think the worst or believe "the hype"...when your child falls really ill, really quickly there is cause for concern, any illness, not just the flu, all that "stuff" you hear - well, it suddenly becomes personal.
So from my experience, I say again, MY experience, this is what we know to be the case.
A sudden high fever that spikes without warning (Charlotte's went from 99.5-103 in a matter of a few short hours)
Headache and body aches
Fever with a rash
A bad cough (although Charlotte did not have one)
Other Good Info:
A quick, painless nose swab can be done to test for Influenza A, H1N1
The 'flu" that is going around ...the flu that the Doctors are seeing right now are that of Influenza A, H1N1 - they are one in the same ...H1N1 is this year's strain
It is very contagious - spread via hands or mouth (the common ways)
It is contagious from 1-3 days prior to the onset of symptoms and 5-7 days after the onset
Visit the CDC's website for great info...www.cdc.gov
I also believe there are many people with the flu that don't know they have it...they continue to go to school, Church, social outings, etc...this is aiding in the massive outbreak. Our ER doc as well as our Pediatrician have said the same thing.
Again, this is just the state of our affairs here in the Jones house...but on a happy note, Charlotte is improving and she has been such a trooper! We hope and pray her brothers don't come down with it....we are washing, washing, washing, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!
Wishing you all a healthy, happy season!