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Yeah, Likely Swine Flu. So What?

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 in Family and Friends |

It started the night of my brother’s wedding: chills, nausea and severe headache. Thing 1 was sick. One day turned to three, then six, then 12. At two weeks, after begging for a flu test, the pediatrician finally told me that it was completely possible my son had Swine Flu, but there was nothing to do about. Nothing to test, noting to get excited about.  Except when my daughter got it. And then, me.

We never had a flu test. Why? Because, as the pediatrician explained, the county of Santa Clara was running short on Flu tests (the horrific swab up your nose into your fricking brain) and if there was no hope of diagnosis in the first 48 hours, then there was no medicine to administer (if caught that early they would have given Tamiflu), that the germs had already spread, that, unless we had compromised immune systems, then we were clear out of luck. Oink.

So here’s what I know: antibiotics didn’t help either of my kids, but did help with some of the side effects from being sick for over two weeks (ear infections, sinus infections). I got Pink Eye from having so much coughing and congestion. So fucking pretty, I tell you.

Here were our symptoms: A relentless, smashing headache. Really, such a headache I thought my head was going to fall off. Thing 1 also had a horrific headache for a week, maybe more. Thing 2 had a headache also, but it didn’t rule her world as much as it did for Thing 1 and me. In fact, 10 days later, I still have a headache. Imagine the worst hangover of your life.

Other symptoms we had were typical flu stuff big time body aches, neck, back, extremities. We had congestion and very sore throats, to the point where, as our son described it, “I can’t even talk and my head hurts too much for anyone else to talk.”  I had the chills one day, but my kids had them for a couple days. We all had a high fever for a couple days, then a lingering low grade fever for over a week. Thing 1 threw up once and his appetite is gone. There is nothing, not even the Swine Flu that can stop my appetite.

After trying to piece together whether or not we had just the regular flu or the Swine Flu, I found out that several families at school have had it recently. In fact, it’s darn well going around school. For some its not bad, other’s it’s a doozie like it was for my Thing 1 and for me. The pediatrician also told me that most of us are going to get Swine Flu this season. And maybe twice. He also said we were not likely to get a vaccine, nor get treatment since we are not in high risk groups.

If and when you start to feel like complete shit, then it’s likely the flu. If you start to feel like you’ve never, ever felt this strange before, like you are severely hungover without drinking, like your head is going to explode and that you are so tired you are falling asleep at stoplights. then you might have the Swine Flu.Never fear, it passes.

I’m not sure in the end of we had the big Oinker or not. Either way, I am having bacon for breakfast.