The other day, we were at the church with several other families to clean the building. I had an interesting discussion about the Swine flu with a couple of Ladies. We were discussing the vaccination, and reasons on both sides why and why not we were going to vaccinate. One of the ladies said..."your family may have already had it, and Not know it." I had heard that so many times before, but this time something in me clicked. I really feel like we "already had it"!! No seriously...
So here is why. Lets start with the symptoms.
According to the CDC, like seasonal flu, symptoms of swine flu infections can include:
Fever, which is usually high, but unlike seasonal flu, is sometimes absent
Runny nose or stuffy nose
Fatigue or tiredness, which can be extreme
(Diarrhea and vomiting, sometimes, but more commonly seen than with seasonal flu
Signs of a more serious swine flu infection might include pneumonia and respiratory failure.)
By June of 2009, there were around 29 CONFIRMED cases of the swine flu in Idaho. Now lets remember...this is a number based on PEOPLE TESTED. How many of you who get sick, actually get a "test" done??
So right at the end of May, Logan was born. Our kids were off to my Mom's, and we were at the Hospital. While we were there my Mom let me know that our 2 year old was getting a really bad runny nose and cough. That night it turned into a high fever. When we got home my Mom thought we should take her to the Dr. So before we brought her home we had her checked out. They really had no conclusions other than she "had a virus". No meds were prescribed, no tests were done. We brought our sick two year old home to "fight it off". I just figured it was a bad cold. But now that I think about it...what "cold" do you know of that comes with High Fever, Fatigue, Cough, Runny Nose, Body aches, and lack of appetite?? She was very tired. She wouldn't eat. I don't recall diarrhea (I don't remember). I remember setting up the recliner in my room, because all she wanted was for Mommy or Daddy to hold her. She would fall asleep while we rocked her. We gave her Tylenol, which reduced her fever to a low grade one rather than High. It took her a week to get better. I knew Dejah was next. Wouldn't you know it...she was. Same EXACT symptoms. Dejah (4 at the time) was not hit as bad. The Tylenol really helped the fever, and a couple days of resting was all it took for her. She was back to normal in a few days. The new baby also got a little sick. His nose was yucky, and his voice was a bit hoarse. I don't remember a fever. There was just three weeks of BLURR. Shortly after all this, I got Mastitis...which by the way feels like the worst flu you've ever had!! I got Fever, body aches, chills, nausea....etc... Maybe I had a combo with the flu...who knows. It was HORRIBLE! I thought it would never end. Well it did. Now in Hindsight I think we got the swine flu.