So I think I have H1N1, and I have to say it is pretty mild. Mild enough that I probably spread it days one and two. I felt like I was maybe coming down with something, but I still felt OK so I did a few normal things , shopped at Whole Foods, went to the park... Then it definitely looked like a little more than a cold with body chills, cough that won't let up, so the lightbulb went off. But still, not as bad as any flu I remember, not at all. So, I researched the heck out of it to see if I have H1N1 because for the question of immunity and the vaccine it seems like an important thing to know. What I found out was that many, many people (confirmed cases) are very, very mild. This seems to me like one of the reasons why it seems so contagious, because people don't even realize they are sick and go about their business. The main thing I've noticed from reading about it is that the cough is bad, can settle in your chest, and then become dangerous for some. This makes sense when you hear the at risk groups of immune compromised, pregnant, elderly, and small children.
After my research (very admittedly non medical or scientific) I'm not worried about H1N1 and my family, my main thing would be to watch closely for what might linger and treat it if and when the need arises. As far as the fine one day, not the next, that the media is throwing all over the place, I think that can partly be understood by how mild this truly can be. I think people go about their business because they aren't feeling to bad, and then suddenly it hits them that they have been sick or they are hit with a secondary infection, not that the illness itself had such a rapid onset. I think some of the more severe cases out there are a slightly different strain, and not the main one going around.
Obviously these are just my thoughts, but there is so much fear out there, I guess hearing others thoughts and experiences is helpful to me, and hopefully mine will be helpful. And no, I'm not a DR, a scientist, or anything like that. I do have a law degree and love to over research and read between the lines on govt. sites, so take it for what it's worth!.
I'm just confused all around. Things like this make me not want to post new threads. I was just trying to be helpful in advising those that lived in my area about the free shots for pregnant women only - one time deal - tomorrow.
Now, I just wish they had something available for my H and DS!
Are we taking above normal precautions? Yes, but we would even if H1N1 wasn't in the news because of DH's health (he just had a kidney transplant in late July) but beyond that no. And we're not even getting the vax here (yes I'm 31 wks pregnant, not doing it). DH talked it over with transplant and since he doesn't have an immune system anyway he can't very well make an immune response to any vaccine.
We'll be washing our hand frequently, if DH has a need to go into a busy, crowded store he might wear his mask (it's not those cheapie paper ones, it's a special one to keep illness out). Other than that the very very very little Christmas shopping we manage to do will be done locally by me (I don't like to drive in the city) or done on-line.
DH was an EMT and a Vehicle Extrication Tech and he says that around the US someone dies every 15 minutes (roughly) in a car accident yet we still drive everywhere.
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ITA. I've never had the flu before. Ever. Never had, never will get a flu shot. I've had colds, that's it. I just don't see what the big deal is? It's mild. A few people die. People die from the flu every year. It just shocks me how willing so many people are to get flu shots.
Oh and of course MRSA was all over the news for a while.
With my hubby's health I'm worried about every single illness you can think of (Flu, strep, cold, stomach virus) but I'm not going to let it run my life.
All I am going to say is your doctor is not INTENTIONALLY trying to harm you OR your unborn child. Your doctor was TRAINED to think that vaccines are 100% safe, effective, and necessary to survive in this world.
I think I saw that thread, too, and even posted to it. I don't think anyone was trying to bombard you with factiods, just spread the word that the vax might not be as great and necesarry as md's would have us all believe.
I have been seeing lots and lots of youtube videos (and have reposted some on my facebook) about people intimately connected with the vaccine (sales, development, and drs) who won't get one for themselves.. makes you wonder..
I'm starting to wonder if we all had it at my house in July. We very rarely get sick, and I never get a flu shot. We stayed home for the most part because we felt like crapolla. if thats what we had, we contracted it either on a flight from MN or during our vist there. It was weird because I've never gotten sick like THAT in the summer!
We all had chills, body aches, fever, terrible hacking coughs, (my dad's turned into bronchitis), etc. (the baby was the least sick of all of us..) I can't remember any stomach issues though. we did not go to a doctor.
is there an h1n1 titier test??
*CPST* mama to my three year old DS1 1.31.09 and wedded to angel 8.07
DS 2 8/18/12!!
I'm just confused all around. Things like this make me not want to post new threads. I was just trying to be helpful in advising those that lived in my area about the free shots for pregnant women only - one time deal - tomorrow....
You are doing a good thing to let people in your area know it is free tomorrow if they want it. There is nothing wrong with giving out info as long as you do not push an agenda.
I am a little scared. I live in Ontario - there has been 3 youth who have died and that freaks me out. My youngest is prone to respiratory infections.
I am also angry. I am angry that I cannot find real data to help me make a decision - such as how many young people typically die of the flu in Ontario in a year.
I am floored that some people are standing in line for hours with 8000 of their closest friends for a flu shot! I wonder if they know (and suspect they don't) that the vaccines takes 10 days to take effect, but the time it takes for the flu to develop is only about 4 days.
I am livid for Americans who's schools are using flu mist fFom what I understand, flu mist will cause the school to be unsafe for up to 2 weeks. So families are put in a very hard place - 2 weeks of school is a lot for some families to miss (and some states have "unexcused abscenses" policies). Sigh.
On the plus side: People are becoming increasingly intolerant of people going out in public when sick, and increasingly tolerant of missing work for illness. Yeah! Ontario even has a new rule that people do not need a sick note to miss work - as they do not want them coming to work sick because they cannot get a sick note, they do not want them wasting doctors time, they do not want them infecting others in doctors offices. I hope this rule stays after H1N1 is over.
Finally, I know a number of people who usually vax who are leery of this vax. Hopefully it will cause them to look more closely at vaxing in general.
The other day I saw someone walking around town with a surgical mask on
The other day I saw someone walking around town with a surgical mask on
I have H1N1 right now (self-diagnosed). It isn't too bad, but I sure don't feel like doing anything other than laying in bed watching tv and surfing the web. I've never had the flu before this (or a flu vaccine), and it is much worse than your average cold.
I am glad many of you are zen about it - but some of us aren't and a little compassion for peoples fears would be nice.
According to the CDC the H1N1 has already peaked and is now seeing less cases. This time last year, no one was freaking like like this. It's so annoying.
Actually I am kind of tired of people dismissing it out of hand because it is different than other viruses and since I am pregnant and have a history of pneumonia it does frighten me. I just don't understand why people don't think about those that are at a higher risk. I feel like I am having to justify why I take precautions to avoid getting sick to people who think I am just being paranoid because they keep hearing from other people that it's not a big deal. At least I can do what I can do to avoid it and try not to care if someone thinks I am worrying over nothing.
I may indeed make a decision out of fear on this one. I may get me and dd vaxed. It may be the only way I will be able to survive the winter with her in school. This is in spite of the fact that we have done almost no vaccinations before and never a flu shot for any of us, ever. There is only so much uncertainty I can stand. If I don't get the vax for her and she gets a horrible case of H1N1, I will no doubt kick myself for not having "done everything I could." If she gets the vax and ends up with a horrible reaction, I will kick myself for acting out of fear and endangering her over a virus she would almost certainly have recovered fully from. But I will forgive myself if we get vaxed, especially because dh wants to do it. We will probably survive either way.
I am trying, really trying, to see this as exposure therapy and a chance to heal more fully from my own real health threat; which is clearly my mental illness. But holy cow. I would have loved a few more baby steps before this.
In any case, we had it late last spring...we've had one cold so far this year. I also think people love to bond over worrying, which I just don't do. I am focused on all the great stuff in my life and thankful to be living in a place where for example, I don't have to worry about my kids or husband being killed or me being raped and I have food on the table. Let's get some perspective and start to focus our energy and time on things that really matter! go volunteer at your local food bank (we do) to get some perspective and gratitude. Spend a moment chatting with someone and connecting...and you'll stop worrying. Have a good talk with your kids, mom, friend. Look at a tree. Stop wasting energy on stuff you have no control over for goodness sake.
I feel everything we do in our life and our perceptions is our choice; I've suffered from anxiety and panic attacks but i started to change and they went away. I did it myself, I'm not a victim and i will never be.
The media, govn't and medical establishment have been blowing this out of proportion... everyone is panicking and it is tiring...
Even yesterday the two large children's hospitals in Montreal came out asking parents to treat mild symptoms at home instead of heading to the hospital... and then reminded parents "that the H1N1 influenza is a relatively mild form of the flu and is very similar in severity to the annual flu virus. The only difference is that flu season has started earlier and more people are being infected."
You would never guess this from the media hype though and the coverage it is getting...
Mama to Xavier (July 02) , Colin (Sept 04), Khéna(Nov 06) & Wilhelmina (Jan 10)
I am hoping I can use this whole H1N1 as a vehicle for deeper healing and facing my fears, such as they are. That's the best I can do with staying positive. I don't find worry "bonding." I find it extremely isolating and aeleinating. When all this has played itself out, I hope we are all able to take a look back and learn some lessons. But I think those lessons will be different for each of us. So those are my "ramblings."
According to the CDC the H1N1 has already peaked and is now seeing less cases.
Maybe you know something I don't.
I have tried to get numbers to quantify the risk - and I have failed. I do not know whether this flu is more dangerous to youth and healthy people than in previous years, and if so - by how much...and quite frankly I doubt anyone here does either! H1N1 is new, the media has a particular slant - and getting real data to compare is difficult.
I assume most people on MDC are helpful and supportive and have good intent.
I think it is always a good idea to meet people where they are. Dialogue about it. Ask someone about their fears, ask them what they know or believe about Swine and vaxing, suggesting alternate paths or that they delay vaxing until they have researched as much as they can. This is far more helpful than saying "I am sick of people being so fearful" - which is, frankly, dismisive...even if you think it is true
Unfortunately, I do think the fear is overblown, and it's just hurting those of us who are trying to do what is best for ourselves and our loved ones.