The good news - a negative test. However, that still did not explain my horrible cough and chest pain. The on-call physician seeing me wanted to test for a blood clot in my lungs - she was suspect because of the presentation of the symptoms and with me being pregnant. That was definitely a scary thought. Luckily, that test was also negative. However, being a bad virus, it had to run its course. Let's just say, I don't remember much of the past 48 hours.
T Rex Dad did an amazing job keeping the household running, caring for me as well as the active toddler T Rex. We did everything possible to try to keep me isolated from the rest of the household and took precautions to prevent disease transmission. Alas, it failed. And today when I returned from a follow up with my physician, I found both my boys on the couch, eating salty chips, watching TV, and shivering under blankets.
Luckily, I am feeling decent enough to start to take care of them. T Rex actually brought his nebulizer mask to us tonight asking for a treatment. This virus is really bad because even folks with healthy lungs get horrible chest congestion. And little ones, like T Rex, who already have compromised lungs are especially hit hard. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well, see for yourself...
I truly feel so bad for the boys; I definitely know how they feel. T Rex Dad said at one point I was hallucinating from the fever. At least the cough has decreased and I can stand unassisted.
I have to wait a few more days before getting my flu shot, but we all will be getting them as soon as we're better. And I would pass that advise along to you too. And don't forget the H1N1 vaccine - it should be out in the next week or so and it will be free. All the health care providers I've spoken to say it is best to get both these vaccines to protect yourselves as well as your family. (As long as you don't have a severe allergy to eggs or cannot get flu vaccines.)
Alright, time to get back to school work. My professors gave me a couple extra days to prepare for the two presentations and paper due this week. And I know T Rex will be waking in a few hours asking for another breathing treatment.
Let me know, have you had your flu shot? Have your kids? And are you planning on getting the H1N1 vaccine? And if, not why?
(P.S. Anyone know where the quote in the title came from?)