Someone has been sick in this house for 2 weeks. First it started with my son. He had 'flu like symptoms' but did not have the flu. It took him a few days to recover and only missed 2 days of school. We were hoping for the same thing with my daughter when she suddenly had a fever on Wednesday Night. Well... not so lucky. We took her to the doctor when her fever would not go down from 103.7
They tested her for the flu. And I don't know about you, but it looks very uncomfortable. The test is done by taking a LONG q-tip looking thing and sticking it through your nose and way to the back of your head. Okay, maybe thats a little exaggerated but you get the picture. The poor thing could still feel it later on in the night. Anyway, the doctor confirmed that my daughter does in fact have the swine flu.
Contrary to what many had heard, swine flu should run its course like any other flu. I guess its very serious for children under the age of 6 and over the age of 65. Everyone in the middle will get fevers, chills, etc. but really just needs to continue taking the meds prescribed by the doctor, perhaps a cold bath to help lower the temperature, and lots of liquids.
For now, my daughter will be staying home with me and hopefully will be back in school on Monday.
Interesting how quickly this swine flu has gone around. The doctor mentioned that he has about 17 confirmed cases a day. So, contrary to my post about the proper way to shake hands, try to avoid a lot of contact. Shaking hands, coughing, and sneezing are a few ways that this flu is passed on. Be sure to wash your hands often and carry hand sanitizer.
If you do catch the swine flu, go see your doctor. They will prescriibe some meds to help you through it. Ultimately, the flu will run its course within about a week or so.
Have a great day and try to stay healthy.
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