Apparently my little Lexie has Swine Flu. A couple of weeks ago she had a cough and wasn't feeling so great. I took her to her doctor and they did a flu test that was negative. She started feeling better and then last Thursday she had this odd rash on her neck and face. I didn't think much of it and put a little cortisone cream on it. It seemed to go away by Friday and she seemed fine. I didn't give it a second thought when
she asked to go to a friend's house for a sleepover that night.
Now follow me here. Then, yesterday (Saturday), a friend called to tell me that her 12 year old daughter, who we (Lex, Hay-Jay, Reece and I) drove to and from church group Thursday night, and whose house Reece spent the night at Thursday, had come down with Swine Flu. This didn't really concern me a whole bunch since there have been kids all over the schools with Swine Flu.
Still, My husband and I were looking forward to going out to a wine tasting event on Saturday night but I had to bail because I could not let my mom babysit. The kids could not be around my dad and his compromised immune system from his vaccine induced C.I.D.P. Mom also couldn't come over to my house and watch them because she could get infected herself and then pass it on to my dad. So, sadly I stayed home and my husband went without me.
The kids seemed fine last night.
By today though, things changed a bit.
My husband found our nine year old, Alexandra, in our bed at 1:00pm this afternoon and he asked me what was up? I told him that I thought she was trying to get out of doing her laundry job with her sister and I went in to give her a good tongue lashing. What I found surprised me.
She was under the covers shivering, said she felt tired and when I felt her head she was burning up. I took her temp and it was only 99.9 which is chump change for a fever. Still I gave her some Motrin and when I took her temp ten minutes later it was 100.2. Still no big deal but it steadily kept climbing until it finally went down to 99.4 an hour later. Her cough was suddenly back with a vengeance and my beautiful baby looked awful.
When I took her into the walk in clinic late this afternoon, what the doctor said gave me another surprise. Based only on the combination of the following reasons he classified her as having Swine Flu and prescribed Tamiflu ...all without giving her a rapid flu test:
- She was sick a couple of weeks ago and now, soon after, is sick again.
- She had a rash.
- She has a bad cough.
- She has a fever.
- She has a headache and diarrhea.
- She is weak and shaky.
- She has asthma and was around someone who has been recently diagnosed with Swine Flu.
- The doctor said that, in his estimation, he has found about 50% of the rapid flu tests have given him false results.
The nurse at the clinic told me that it might be kind of hard to get my hands on some Tamiflu and said that I might have to go to a few pharmacies. She also told me that people have been calling and telling them that they cannot find it anywhere. I guess luck was on our side as we won found some at the first CVS we went to.
I just now gave her a dose of Tamiflu and put her to bed. She is worse than she was earlier. I know her feaver will spike tonight and I am literally praying that she will feel better in the morning.
PS it's almost 10pm now- I just checked her again and her temp is 101.7. More Motrin and more worry. I keep thinking of those 11 kids that died last week from Swine Flu. She'll be fine. She'll be fine. She'll be fine. I am at the "freak out a little stage" I guess. What about her asthma? What about I calm down?