Monday, November 02, 2009
things i've learned in the last 7 days about h1n1 (and other things)
My older son and I were both sick last week and are bouncing back rather nicely. The experience taught me a few things, though:
1- The illness varies in its intensity. We both ended up with fairly mild cases.
2- My doctor is extremely efficient and her office is very well organized. This ended up making a very big difference for us.
3- Tamiflu, if administered within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, can greatly alleviate those symptoms.
4- Oral Tamiflu can make you feel very, very queasy.
5- You don't always get a fever when you have the illness.
6- If you have any of the symptoms, you should assume you have the illness.
7- You will not get tested for H1N1 unless you land in the hospital.
8- Even if you think you've had swine flu, you should still get the vaccine, unless it was confirmed with a test.
9- The hysteria around this is getting to be a little overwhelming. Remember: Most folks who get H1N1 do not get seriously ill.
10- If you are having trouble breathing, you should go your hospital's emergency room.
11- If you have been running a fever for more than 48 hours, you should see your doctor.
12- Judging by the line-ups in Ottawa, there are a lot of people who live here who fall into high risk groups.
13- My six year old knows how to come through in the crunch. He stood in line for 5 and a half hours. He was patient and good humoured the whole time (my spouse was with him). And then he got a needle at the end. The only thing he asked (at regular intervals) was if he could go to St. Hubert when they were done.
Even though it was well past his bed time, T. took him there when they were finished (I forgot to ask him if he had beer with his chicken). And since St-Hubert now has nut free desserts, he topped off the meal with a brownie and ice cream.
And then we bought him a new game for his DS.
14- If you leave me a link saying that the vaccine is poisonous or that I am a dupe of the pharmaceutical industry, I will not be impressed. Chemotherapy is poison, too and it has saved my life. There really is such a thing as a "necessary evil."
I won't add my rant about how this pandemic is being mis-managed by all levels of government because I wouldn't be able to stop.
I will share Rick Mercer's rant with you, though.