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post #1 of 28
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I had my first OB appt last week. I saw the nurse practicioner which is protocal on the first visit. She told me they would have h1n1 vax that week, I said no thanks. She said, okay, then told me that if I got sick to call the office and they would immediately call me in tamiflu. I asked her if that was healthy in pregnancy (knowing my own research before I asked). She said "oh it is a class B, it is just fine". Um, first off, WRONG, it is a class C.
She then gave me the very scary pregnant women are dying speech and that was it.

So DD1 had h1n1 last week, and yesterday it hit me full force. My chest was icky this morning so I called our family dr practice to find out what I could take to help break that chest stuff up. I got the Dr on call who is BFF with our family dr (who is a dear friend of ours and we have a lot of respect for). She told me mucinex, get fluid, etc, and that it would pass and i would be fine. I asked her about tamiflu, again, mostly for a reaction. She said, it is catagory c for a reason and I wouldnt give it to a pregnant woman. then went on to say that she doesnt prescribe it in general as she thinks h1n1 will run it's course fine with most people. Gave me some special things to watch for myself, being pregnant, and for my 1 yr old, and that was it.

I found it disturbing in the difference of opinions/facts in the 2 drs.
post #2 of 28
wow! That is pretty disturbing. How are we supposed to trust our care providers when they contradict each other so?
Feel better mama!!
post #3 of 28
It weirds me out the "pregnant women are dying!!!" thing... because there's been like 28 deaths in pregnant women (well, this might have been before september, I haven't heard anything more recent, have you?)... out of all the pregnant women in this country? Seems like your chances are better of dying in childbirth...
post #4 of 28
I believe, the nurse just followed the generic CDC advisory for H1N1 and pregnant woman. Obviously she has not informed herself besides that.

I also believe, it is more important to figure out what you need, instead of following protocol. For some pregnant woman tamiflu might be the right thing, for others it won't. It is category C, it has side effects and I believe, that these things need to be weight against each other, before giving it blindly to every person.

My nephew (17 months) just came down with swine flu, he does not look sick, nor behave sick. He had a slight fever in day care and they insisted that he'd be tested (not US), so his mother asked for the test, which came back positive for H1N1. He has to stay home for 5 days, but does not have any symptoms since, besides the temperature increase while he was in day care.
post #5 of 28
this is my take on it: Doctors are just like mechanics, but not for a car, for the body. There are good mechanics out there, and bad ones. You were smart to know what you were talking about and recognize when someone was giving you bad information.
post #6 of 28
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this is my take on it: Doctors are just like mechanics, but not for a car, for the body. There are good mechanics out there, and bad ones. You were smart to know what you were talking about and recognize when someone was giving you bad information.
YES! I agree... unfortunately, most Americans seem to think of them as closer to gods than mechanics... which, imo, leads to some rough times for some people, and also may lead to the litigiousness that seems to happen against the medical arena. Also leads to a lot of eye rolling against those of us that choose to research our doctor's solutions to our problems...
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
YES! I agree... unfortunately, most Americans seem to think of them as closer to gods than mechanics... which, imo, leads to some rough times for some people, and also may lead to the litigiousness that seems to happen against the medical arena. Also leads to a lot of eye rolling against those of us that choose to research our doctor's solutions to our problems...
On the other hand. I hate dealing with car mechanics. I hate having to read up and know about my car and the engine etc. I tend to rely on AAA rated ones and pay a bit more. Maybe other people think the same way about doctors? They just don't want to have to know that much and have to do all the reading up. Most of the time, this will work out fine, sometimes it doesn't.

I have had my share of doctors just following guidelines in the US, instead of looking at me the person. A car is just not as important to me as my body.
post #8 of 28
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On the other hand. I hate dealing with car mechanics. I hate having to read up and know about my car and the engine etc. I tend to rely on AAA rated ones and pay a bit more. Maybe other people think the same way about doctors? They just don't want to have to know that much and have to do all the reading up. Most of the time, this will work out fine, sometimes it doesn't.

I have had my share of doctors just following guidelines in the US, instead of looking at me the person. A car is just not as important to me as my body.

Yeah, my body is definitely more important to me than my car, but maybe that's not true for everyone?

I don't like dealing with car mechanics, either, but we've found an awesome one, and yes, I trust him. that doesn't mean that for the first few years I wasn't checking up on everything he told me, though... For me, trust needs to be earned, and I haven't had many doctors earn my trust, I guess... and I've had a lot get really annoyed with me when I question them...
post #9 of 28
My midwife prefers Relenza for the flu if symptoms are really bad, but my insurance didn't cover it. As I was pretty incapacitated, I went ahead with the tamiflu. I took a total of 3 capsules (one the first day, two the next) and almost immediately got better. To me, being in bed over a week (or however long the h1n1 lasts) with a horrible fever, body aches, congestion, and digestive upset was not something I could deal with (I kept taking the max safe dose of tylenol to get my 102 fever down and it wasn't working), and I chose to be better in three days with some medicine, even though I typically shy away from medicine. It has its place, and with some informed choice, I made a decision.
post #10 of 28
I agree with many of the PP. You need to advocate for you. I would honestly let her know the next time I went in that Tamiflu was Class C, not B.

I would not routinely take Tamiflu if I had H1N1, but would consider it if I started to expierence respiratory distress, etc. That seems to be the key sign that you are experiencing a more dangerous case. Any sort of breathing issues, then get thee to an ER.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
YES! I agree... unfortunately, most Americans seem to think of them as closer to gods than mechanics... which, imo, leads to some rough times for some people, and also may lead to the litigiousness that seems to happen against the medical arena. Also leads to a lot of eye rolling against those of us that choose to research our doctor's solutions to our problems...
Yeah, and I guess I see this a being part of a larger problem. Americans are pretty science illiterate in general (especially when there are still places when people are challenging evolution being taught in biology classes ). So if they don't understand the basics of biology, let alone how science works (peer reviewed journals, etc.)... it is going to be pretty difficult to ask that they apply it in specific situations, yk?

So yeah, there is a fine line between understanding that there is a lot of specialized knowledge/experience that goes into being a doctor, but at the same time they are just like any other highly trained professional... they aren't all-knowing.

And the eye rolling, I can roll my eyes right back at them
post #12 of 28
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Yeah, and I guess I see this a being part of a larger problem. Americans are pretty science illiterate in general (especially when there are still places when people are challenging evolution being taught in biology classes ). So if they don't understand the basics of biology, let alone how science works (peer reviewed journals, etc.)... it is going to be pretty difficult to ask that they apply it in specific situations, yk?

So yeah, there is a fine line between understanding that there is a lot of specialized knowledge/experience that goes into being a doctor, but at the same time they are just like any other highly trained professional... they aren't all-knowing.

And the eye rolling, I can roll my eyes right back at them
Too true. I was pretty disappointed at the level of science knowledge in my Master's in Elementary Ed classes - it became blatantly obvious in the "science education" class how little most of my peers knew about science. It was extremely frustrating to me after having gotten a bachelors in bio and having started a grad program for biology, as well. I won't go beyond that into my frustrations with the science programs at the public schools, but suffice it to say I ended up not going into teaching after all
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
It weirds me out the "pregnant women are dying!!!" thing... because there's been like 28 deaths in pregnant women (well, this might have been before september, I haven't heard anything more recent, have you?)... out of all the pregnant women in this country? Seems like your chances are better of dying in childbirth...
I was curious so I checked. Apparently there were 623 maternal deaths in the United States in 2005. Not all were necessarily "in childbirth," but rather were "resulting from complications during pregnancy, childbirth, or up to 42 days postpartum" (so could include a host of issues long before a mother is in labor).
http://mchb.hrsa.gov/chusa07/hstat/hsi/pages/205mm.html

It's a matter of deciding the best option for your health. I'm not at all bothered that different doctors and different midwives have different opinions because it gives me more options and more things to consider when making a decision--and more choices so I can get the healthcare I want.

OP: hope you feel better soon!
post #14 of 28
I had a recent appt w/ my midwife and I asked her take on the Flu and H1N1. She said they were all out of the h1n1, but to get a flu shot where ever I saw them being offered outside of the office.
Then i asked her opinion of the research that has been done on pg women
(only 60) and how can it be deemed ok to offer it o pg women with such little research. Her response to me was to go to the CDC website and look up how hard it is hitting pg women.
I asked her if she was trying to scare me into getting the shot by sending me to the CDC website!! She laughed!
I am glad that I know that Tamiflu is a class C and that I can take it IF I get a more stronger strain of h1n1.
post #15 of 28
I dont know why its so surprising to get such differing opinions.

so much of medicine is like that - think of VBACs - some drs refuse to do them and tell you you're automatically a bad mother for considering it even and others do them quite readily.

I think pg women are at more risk if they get the h1n1 but I'm not giving into the hysteria. When I hear the overall numbers, I still think the risk is pretty low.
post #16 of 28
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I dont know why its so surprising to get such differing opinions.

so much of medicine is like that - think of VBACs - some drs refuse to do them and tell you you're automatically a bad mother for considering it even and others do them quite readily.

I think pg women are at more risk if they get the h1n1 but I'm not giving into the hysteria. When I hear the overall numbers, I still think the risk is pretty low.
Doberbrat - I was not as suprised by the differing opinions more than the wrong information. I was very bothered the at one practice the info I got was: It is class B and safe. Then the other: Class C. The differing opinions were not a shock but the wrong information given to i dont know how many women did bother me greatly.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by ella-makes-3 View Post
I had a recent appt w/ my midwife and I asked her take on the Flu and H1N1. She said they were all out of the h1n1, but to get a flu shot where ever I saw them being offered outside of the office.
That's interesting about the reg flu shot. Isn't there some research out of Canada that shows that those who have had the reg flu shot are actually more likely to get H1N1. I better check up on that (just something I remember reading in a thread here).

I agree that it's very disconcerting the amount of just plain WRONG information we can be/are given by our docs. The majority of people aren't out there doing tons of research of their own - they just trust what their HCPs are telling them.
post #18 of 28
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That's interesting about the reg flu shot. Isn't there some research out of Canada that shows that those who have had the reg flu shot are actually more likely to get H1N1. I better check up on that (just something I remember reading in a thread here).
There was some preliminary research suggesting that (not peer reviewed), but from what I understand, the WHO thought it was worthy of looking into... I haven't heard anything more since, and they're certainly pushing the regular flu shot as well as h1n1 still, so I'm assuming there's nothing substantial (yet).
post #19 of 28
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Update

Well, I think I just got sent to "swine flu time out" by my OB office. So like I said before, I have only spoken with my GP about the fact I am sick, mainly due to not wanting the battle with my OB office.

So I had to call my OB about something different this morning and the nurse says, you sound horrible. I said, I am sick. She pried, and mostly out of irritation I told her I had the flu. She starts firing off questions...I told her my fever was very mild..99-100...the I feel a bit better today and Mucinex is helping to clean chest stuff. She says, I will call you back. Calls back and says they are calling in Tamiflu for me to take immediately. I say, no thanks, I am getting better daily and will let them know if it gets worse. She goes silent then, will call you back. Calls back and says the Dr would like to see me today or tomorrow if I decline the Tamiflu.

Um, they are going to parade me through the BUSIEST OB office with the flu, after I say that I am getting better. I asked the nurse what the point of the visit was and she really couldnt answer that.

I told her I was under the care of my PCP and she was steadfast. Does that seem a bit crazy to anyone else?
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by DeChRi View Post
Um, they are going to parade me through the BUSIEST OB office with the flu, after I say that I am getting better. I asked the nurse what the point of the visit was and she really couldnt answer that.

I told her I was under the care of my PCP and she was steadfast. Does that seem a bit crazy to anyone else?
Yes, it does. Are you exhibiting any symptoms that are "dangerous" for pg women? I don't know what those are, I haven't looked into it, but don't 'they' tell you to stay home and not see a doc unless you have X symptoms?
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