Saturday, October 31, 2009

Flu Update

Well it's Halloween and my poor baby has H1N1. He has been fever free since this morning and took his entire 8oz at 8 am. Hopefully he takes this next bottle. The tamiflu seems to be working really well for him and I can still get a smile out of him every now and then.

I on the other hand I had a freak out moment at about 2 am in the morning once I started to notice I was wheezing when I would take a deep breath. I have asthma and it's controlled by taking Advair so I hardly ever need my rescue inhaler-ever. So I took it and just expected it to work like it always does. Well it didn't and the wheezing continued so I got on line and typed in swine flu and asthma and let me tell you that was a huge mistake. I was convinced I needed to go to the ER because I was afraid I was going to get pneumonia if I just let it sit {I can kinda laugh at myself now as I was in a real tizzy} I woke Mike up and told him I was literally going crazy and that something was wrong. I don't know what was the matter with me. I think getting the call at 12:30 am from our ped telling me that Bennett indeed did test positive for H1N1, sent me into a frenzy! And asthma and anxiety go hand in hand as you may know if you have it yourself.

So I decided before driving myself to the ER I'd call my friend Ginger who is a Physicians Assistant. I could breathe fine I would just wheeze when taking a deep breath. I hated to wake her but like I said, I was freaking out! Let me just tell you, Ginger has been awesome. Thank you so much Ginger for everything, you know all the things you've done for us and I just can't thank you enough! I ended up not going into the ER and I am now taking nebulizer treatments and I hope to get in with a Pulmonologist on Monday just to check my breathing and lungs to be safe. I have calmed down considerably since last night and realize now that it is quite easy to work yourself up.

So if you've learned anything from my last post please know this-if you or your family members are coughing, sneezing, have a low grade fever or just don't feel right- take them into the doctor and get them tested! Please! We've all heard of the horror stories with H1N1 and that doesn't mean we all have to be scared it just means we need to notice the signs early and don't assume you just have a cold. You just never know.

The girls will go trick or treating tonight as they are feeling fine and have been fever free for days now but we are trying to keep a low profile and keep the germs to ourselves. I hope to share some cute costume pics next week-Have a Happy Halloween!


  1. Sick kiddos are no fun regardless the crazies we get into our heads. I'm now debating if I even want to open the door for trick or treaters - let the cold air and germs in - yikes. I may put the bowl on the porch with the sign that says 'please take one' and wave to everyone from the front window!

  2. Hope you are both feeling better soon! I would definitely have gotten worked up over that call at 12:30 in the morning!!! Take it easy and enjoy your weekend.

  3. Oh Adrienne - that's just awful! I noticed some of your updates on Facebook and just couldn't believe that Bennett has H1N1. I'm glad that his fever is gone and that he is drinking. I will keep praying for him and you! I know that anxiety and asthma go hand in hand - I've experienced that myself. Such a vicious cycle - it's kind of hard not to panic when you can't breathe!!

  4. I hope you all feel better soon!

  5. Oh no :(

    I hope that he knocks it off just like the rest of you. I hope you're feeling looser in the lungs too--just reading your post was making my asthmatic lungs feel a little tight. Anxiety/stress is such a factor with my breathing too.

    Get well soon!

  6. So glad you are all on the mend. Hopefully this means you'll be flu free for the rest of the season. I think I had H1N1 too but thankfully no one else in the family got it. Such a crazy sick year!!! My best to you all!


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