Wednesday, October 21, 2009
QUICK! Get off my blog! You'll catch it!
No, really... I have the swine flu. Well, says my doctor. Tuesday morning I woke with a stuffy nose and kind of scratchy throat, but not too bad. I had a dry cough. I went to work. Yes, I went to work. Swine flu has been all around my school and we've had numerous kids in each of my classes sick with it so obviously I've been exposed. They're all still alive and returned to school within days so I'm not too worried.
By Tuesday afternoon I was feeling kind of tired and run down so I left work early to try to rest at home. I decided not to go to work this morning. I felt like I had the beginning stages of a sinus infection and wanted to nip it in the bud before it got too bad.
I took Hudson to daycare, Porter to preschool and ran to Target to return some solar lights. I then called the doctor, got an appointment for 11am and ran through the bank drive through.
At my appointment Dr. Robertson confirmed an ear infection and after discussing my symptoms said "You have the swine flu." Uh... ok. So, he did do a throat swab but didn't test it before I left the office (I've heard it takes 4 days to get results?). He gave me two shots in my ass for who knows what, Tamiflu, Ceclor for my sinuses, Tylenol with Codeine and told me to take some breathing treatments. And also a sinus x-ray.
I left feeling... weird. I honestly don't feel like I'm dying like everyone make it out to be like. I have a hard, dry cough. I have a headache and sinus pressure and I'm sleepy (but, that could be all the drugs pumped into me!). I haven't had a fever (that I know of). I wrote on Facebook about it and within hours heard many of my friends freaking out about getting sick, their kids getting sick etc. I honestly think this all comes down two two words:
If I truly and honestly have the swine flu, I've secured my decision that I would NOT give my children the H1N1 vaccine. I may change my story tomorrow if I feel worse, but to tell you the truth I think there are different levels of severity of the flu, as with the normal flu. And I think the swine flu has been hyped up to be oh so dangerous when in reality its really no different than the normal flu. Do we get all hyped up about the normal flu every year? Do we hoard our children up inside? Do we wear masks every fall when the normal flu goes around?
I can guarantee that if any child in school has been exposed as well as anyone in their family. And if you go to any store, which I'm sure many of us do daily, you've been exposed.
HOWEVER.... I have heard people say they felt like dying with the flu... that they were sick in bed for days. So far, I haven't felt that way at all. Maybe my doctor is wrong?
I was told I am probably contagious for about 48 hours. Well... this Saturday we are SUPPOSED to be having a Halloween Costume Party at our house but I'm pretty sure even if I'm 100% better everyone is going to be freaked out to come over LOL! So... looks like that will be canceled or rescheduled. Bummer!
Am I going to survive the swine flu? Of course. The real question is.... will I survive the next 2 days home with my children....