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Well, the Swine Flue has officially hit my home...

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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Comment balloon 20 commentsJohn Cannata • September 25 2009 08:33AM

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John, my prayers are with you and your family...
Begin each day as if it were on purpose,
Paul

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTORĀ®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 9 years ago

John - I'm sorry to hear about your daughter.  A couple of my friends here in Austin have had it, too.  I guess this makes me especially protective of my littler kids.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

Thank you Paul and Jason. She should be fine in a few days. For now she will  just rest up. She loves that fact that she misses school. Her temperature has kept below 102 so far today. Yesterday was the baths and cold clothes on her head.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

Hi John - Glad you are able to be her during the crisis.  Children need their parents at these vulnerable times in there lives.  It helps if you can keep the sick child away from the healthy people in the household to prevent the spread. 

 

My friend here in Miami was visiting family in NY and his little infant baby caught the swine flu from the cousins.  Mom and Dad took turns taking care of the baby to prevent the spread to themselves.

Posted by Eileen Burns, FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist (Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach) over 9 years ago

Eileen - I heard it wasn't a good thing for infants. I'm assuming they are back to normal now?

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

Hope she feels better soon John!  I think we all had it at the early part of the summer - our symptoms sounded exactly as described and it moved quickly thru our house. While we didn't get tested at the time I really think we had it. How are you feeling?

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 9 years ago

Hi Karen - So far I am feeling great. Who knows if I'll get it or my wife. I'm assuming we will get it at some point. My son felt bad last week, but it back to normal. He didn't have the flu, but had flu like symptoms (thats what the doctor said). Sidney hasn't had much of a fever today, but thats because of the meds. We'll see how she does in the next few hours.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

Bless you, John.  I hope you don't get it.  I was in the grocery store a couple days ago.  A guy turned his head to avoid sneezing on the checker and turned around and sneezed my way.  I am hoping to avoid getting the flu. 

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 9 years ago

Thats horrible Shirley. I would think he would just put his head down and sneeze. I hope you don't get anything from it.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

John,

I am so praying this thing doesn't start knocking on my door, but with all of the kids in school sick one way or another, I'm afraid it might be inevitable!

Hope she's feeling better soon!

Posted by Sheila Moran, SanAntonioSheila.com, RE/MAX Access, 210-32 (RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels)) over 9 years ago

That's horrible!  Swine Flu is going around Austin very quickly, but thus far, no confirmed cases at Alyssa's school, so we're good.  However, Strep did go around and both Alyssa and I got it a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

John - I hope your daughter recovers quickly.  Mine has been running a low (100.5) fever all day.  I'm crossing my fingers that it is just a lack of sleep. 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 9 years ago

Sheila - Its been going around like crazy here. Luckily, it does not stay for a long time. Seems like its one really bad day, but then gets much better after 24 hours.

Donna - They had so many cases confirmed, they stopped notifying parents here. I think after the initial scare, notifications slowed down.

Thank you Erik. Its been 5 days now and she is ready to go back to school. As I mentioned to Sheila, its a 24 hour deal. She was burning up the first day, we gave her 2 baths to help, some meds, and a lot of rest. Each day she has been getting better and better. Today she has a small cough, but not contagious and she doesnt feel bad.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

Hi John, I hope it wasn't too uncomfortable for your daughter, glad to read she is getting better now. At least she a super nice Daddy to keep her company!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) over 9 years ago

Thanks Cynthia. I think I'm great, but thats just my opinion :-)   She is doing well. Has an irritating cough, but nothing serious at all. She's back in school and ready to go.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

Hope she's good to go now John. My wife's nephew had the Swine Flu about a month or so ago and it wasn't too bad for him at all.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

She is doing Great JL. I think that everyone was afraid of this thing because no one knew anything about it. There were people that past because of it, but from my understanding they were under 6 or over 65. Seems thats where most of the risk is. I've spoken with many people who have had young children get it, they addressed the symptoms, and the children got better. For my daughter, it was a really high fever and luckily nothing too serious.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

John - Glad to hear your daughter has recovered!  Hope everything else is going well.

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 9 years ago

The swine flu is something to take very serious, but I do want to let everyone know that despite the name, you can't get the flu from pigs! This is a picture of my daughter and our pet pig, don't you just want to give her a big kiss!

 

Our family pet (No swine flu here)

Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks Erik.

LOL Todd. I remember your post about your pet. I see she has gotten pretty big.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

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