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So, anyone else get a bad case of H1N1? I'm finally getting over my case and I have to say that was very very bad. Worse than I expected, although luckily the Tamiflu did knock things to a manageable level fairly quickly.<br><br>
Anyone else have a similar porky predicament? I'm finally on the mend at 16 1/2 weeks or so, and the babies seem to be doing well.
 

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I'm so sorry you've been ill. Thank god you and your babies are OK. You may remember someone else in our due date club wasn't so lucky and lost her baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I hope you continue to heal, and I'm so glad to hear the worst is over. Take good care of yourself.<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">I've probably made an unpopular choice around these parts, but I did decide to get the h1n1 vaccine.</span><br><br>
By the way, the "porky predicament" cracked me up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Yuk!! So sorry you've been sick. That is no fun!! I got some cold/flu thing a couple weeks ago (not H1N1) and it was just awful! I cried like a whiney baby after a couple days...ha!<br><br>
I got H1N1 in the summer before pregnancy and it was just like any ol' seasonal flu which is also NO FUN but much worse in pregnancy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
You and babies are getting over it and healthy which is all that matters in hindsight! Now you will have a longer lasting and stronger immunity when it comes around again.<br><br>
Get well!
 

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I had it. Mine was a mild case, but it lasted 12 days!! And the heaviness in my lungs still lingers. I really feel for those who had a severe case. I also got the vaccine but came down with the flu before it could take effect. Luckily I was also able to vaccinate my children and they never caught it.
 

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I posted in the weekly thread..but I came down sick before Halloween. Low grade fever, cough, stuffy, aches and pains, headache, trouble breathing, tired..no vomiting or diarrhea though...everything else though, I am sure I am forgetting some symptoms.<br>
They started me on Tamiflu and an inhaler. Tested me for h1n1 which came back negative not only once, but twice.<br>
They didn't start me on Tamiflu though till a week after I came down sick, although it did work. I am heading into week 4 of being sick, coughing and stuffy at night. It did turn into pneumonia, but they have no clue what it started out as though? IMO, I have had the flu a couple times and this was WAAYYY worse than anytime I have had the flu.<br>
They wanted to say it was h1n1, but since I tested neg. twice...they couldn't. I really hate it...I want to sleep, but I cough and cough..oh well, I survived and not scared of anything now.<br>
Oh my daughter came down sick a week after me. They wanted to say she was h1n1 too, but she tested positive and had it back in Sept. and at that time they put me on Tamiflu too and I didn't get it...she was only sick for two weeks this time though...
 

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That sounds so miserable. I'm so sorry! But I'm glad that your babies are doing fine and it sounds like you're well over the worst of it. I hope you feel GREAT for the rest of the pregnancy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">I've probably made an unpopular choice around these parts, but I did decide to get the h1n1 vaccine.</span><br><br>
Just wanted to tell you that I got it too. I felt I was too high risk to not get it. I work in an elementary/middle school in NYC where kids have started coming down with it this month, I ride the subway every day, and I have a 2 year old in daycare. I wasn't 100% comfortable with getting it, but ultimately decided that I was more uncomfortable not getting it. Now hopefully it will actually work!
 

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Yeah, I really WANTED the vaccine, but managed to get my flu diagnosis the same day that I was scheduled to get my flu shot. I'm an asthmatic who is pregnant with twins, so I'm definitely in a high enough risk category that I wanted the vaccine. My kids have all had h1n1 now, and I was not planning on vaccinating them because I am concerned about the lag between a virus mutation and when the vaccine would be available and viruses can get more virulent, but I absolutely wanted the vaccine.<br><br>
Thank God I never hit the more severe respiratory symptoms, but my heart rate was hanging in the 160s and 170s until Tamiflu had been on board for 24 hours. I do NOT like having heart rates higher than my babies! BAD BAD BAD!<br><br>
At least in our house, there was a BIG difference between H1N1 in everyone else in my family and how it hit me as the pregnant lady in residence. I hadn't seen the thread where someone lost her baby due to swine flu infections. How terrible...
 

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I had it two weeks ago. It -- because there are no better words -- sucked. DD had it at the same time, so DH had to stay home from work for two days to take care of her while I was in bed. We both took Tamiflu, and I had all but one of the symptoms on the CDC's list. I missed work the whole week (I work M-R), and DD stayed home with me.<br><br>
I, however, still got the vaccine last Thursday. They're not testing for it around here, and since the doctor wasn't *certain* I had it, she recommended I still get the vaccine. I'd done my own research, and I was planning to get it before I came down with it, so I went ahead and got it. (And of course, my OB's office called me the day I came down with it and told me they had the vaccine in. Perfect timing.)
 

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I was diagnosed with H1N1 a few weeks ago, but I wasn't swabbed/cultured and I remain skeptical of the diagnosis...and we'll never know. I refused Tamiflu because it is only useful if taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, and I didn't go to the doctor until a few days later when it got worse. But, I wasn't afraid and I recovered eventually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. And now I have absolutely no use for the vaccine if I've had H1N1 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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We've been battling a flu (didn't test for swine flu) for about two weeks. The older kids got sick around halloween - missed all their school parties <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Then I got it - took me about 10 days to get out of bed. I was having a lot of trouble breathing, had no energy. Then my mom got it. It was pretty awful. I did go to my OB - but it was towards the end, and I was feeling better so I skipped the Tami-flu. When they suggested again that I get the vax, I said no. Even thought the flu was awful, I assume the kids and I have the immunity now.
 

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Ugh, I'm so sorry and so glad you and the babies are okay! I have only caught a cold so far but I too have been hoping to get the vaccine... after doing research on my own, and considering my own health problems (asthma with a tendency towards bronchitis whenever I get even low key colds) I decided that the benefit outweighs the risk... but as soon as I made up my mind, all vaccine availability disappeared from my area. Sigh.<br><br>
I'm trying to think about it without the "how dare they withhold the vaccine from me?!" mindset and focus on appreciating my good health and staying strong. And trying to keep from being scared! It just frustrates me that the debate is rammed down all of our throats (vaccinate, don't vaccinate, it's a terrible illness, it's just like any other flu) by the media, but I can't get access to the vaccine to make the decision that I feel is right for me anyway.<br><br>
Thumbs down for H1N1 in general! Big big dislike.<br><br>
I was thinking about starting a positivity-based "who DIDN'T get the flu??" thread, but didn't want to seem exclusionary to those mamas who have. I just thought it would help me to remember that not everyone will get it, even if we are pregnant and more susceptible.<br><br>
Hope everyone makes it through the winter without too much illness recovery time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">
 
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