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My youngest son, PR, has been sick for at least ten days. We took him to the doctor over a week ago and they said "it's just a cold-like virus, there's nothing you can do but wait it out." He's in high school and can't afford to miss a lot of school. He was home for two days and then went back to classes, football, and baseball practices.
He's coughed his way not so happily through the last week and a half. Yes, that's right. My kid has been one of the many people exposing everyone else to his germs.
Two days ago he came home from football and told me he really didn't feel well. Then he jumped in the shower to erase the football mud and blood. He came downstairs for dinner a few minutes later and just stared at his food. If any of you have ever been around teenage boys, you know they never stare at food. Teen boys inhale food at an alarming rate. I felt PR's forehead. He was burning up. By that time it was 8:00 p.m. A few minutes later we were headed to a Doc in the Box, better known to some of you as an Urgent Care Medical Facility.
My son, PR, tested positive for H1N1, more commonly known as Swine Flu. This is our family's second brush with it. My older son contracted it at his college about a month ago. Fortunately, my older son was given Tamiflu in the first 24 hours and as a result, he had a relatively mild case.
We are waiting to hear if PR's H1N1 has progressed into pneumonia. His cough is deep and the doc said his lungs "do not sound good." They took a chest X-ray and we're waiting for the radiologist's report as I write this.
I know it does no good, but I'm more than a little pissed that PR was misdiagnosed in the first place. When H1N1 is treated with Tamiflu in the first 48 hours, the illness is much less severe. H1N1 is much more serious in the under 18 age group than it is for adults. Now my son is very, very, ill and Tamiflu will do no good. In addition, the illness very well might have progressed to pneumonia which is not only scary, but also can take months to recover from.
Wouldn't you think, given the media coverage of the H1N1 pandemic, the doctors would be immediately testing for it and not brushing people off with the "it's just a virus" statement?
I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and low grade fever. Normally I wouldn't consider going to the doctor for such mild symptoms. However, knowing I've been living with H1N1 germs for ten days now, I made an appointment to get checked. This was a different doctor than either of the two my son saw. This doctor said my throat is very inflamed and I "probably" am catching H1N1. He didn't even order the H1N1 test. He prescribed me Tamiflu and told me it's "very common" to feel dizzy and sick to your stomach as a side effect of taking Tamiflu.
Do I take it? So far I only have a sore throat and fever. Do I want to take medication for an illness I might not even have? Especially knowing the medication will most likely make me feel sicker than I do now?
On the other hand, someone has to be healthy enough to take care of my son. I've got a chicken staring at me from the fridge waiting to be made into chicken soup. Well, it isn't literally staring at me because it no longer has eyes. It's eyes are with it's head … some place other than in my refrigerator.
Did I mention I'm really pissed about my son's misdiagnosis?
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