I think I had swine flu!

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    No kidding! Around the middle of June I had a horrible headache one day, started getting a sore throat and was feeling achy the second day...and woke up the third day with the worst sore throat I can remember ever having (and I get strep all the time), complete with white stuff all over my wildly inflamed throat, swollen glands. I didn't get out of bed for two days, I felt like I had been run over by a truck. I was nauseous, too, which has only happened with me and illness when I get struck by food poisoning (happened once, very unpleasant) or stomach flu, which lasts exactly 8-24 hours, then you're fine.

    On Monday (after two days of rolling helplessly in bed aplogizing to my little boy because I just couldn't move) I went to the clinic, and they assumed (as I did) that I had strep. So treated with amoxycillin.

    No effect. Finally on the 10th and last day of amoxycillin, my throat felt slightly better (and the white spots did go away) but on the 11th day, the first day without amoxy., the raging sore throat was back.

    After a couple more days, I went back to the clinic and said listen, we need to try a different antibiotic or something, I'm still dying here. They assured me that if it was strep the amoxycillin would work, so it must be mono, because that was going around.

    So they drew blood, and I went on vacation and got better, slowly but surely.

    I assumed then that I had had mono...the whole back/side thing is symptomatic of the spleen enlarging (a mono thing).

    Guess what? It wasn't mono. It wasn't regular flu, it wasn't strep..and there have been some cases of swine flu around here. Not in my town, but within a few miles. And I work with people from all over, very closely.

    I'm a celebrity! In my own mind, of course. I had swine flu! And thank goodness the kids didn't get it. I'd rather have swine flu than mono...I read up on that stuff and it's flipping scary. You keep getting it throughout your life once you have it. Who knew?
     
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    Yep. I had it and experienced almost exactly the same symptoms. You had Swine Flu.
     
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    I guess this means we won't be dying from it, then. I'm hoping my kids got enough of the virus I shed to immunize them a little.
     
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    If it was swine flu, it should have had a postive test for Flu A.
     
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    Only if they tested for it. Which I doubt they did. I'll check tomorrow.
     
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    It's a government clinic, btw.
     
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    I just bring it up, because I had a classmate that got a massive case of flu A that knocked them on their ass for about a week the symptoms were that bad.

    They typed it as Flu A, but they didn't type for swine flu. However, based on the severity and timing of the thing, it's a safe bet.
     
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    I want to believe I had swine flu. Otherwise, I'm just a big baby. And the way I have handled difficult births and various and assorted pains and ailments tells me I'm not a wus! So please, no bursting of the Swine Flu Pride bubble.
     
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    LOL.

    Actually, I was thinking more along the line of:

    If it's Flu A and your kids start to display symptoms, you should consider getting them into a Dr. within 24-48 hours of the symptoms to see if he thinks they need tamiflu. Make sure and tell him that you had flu A recently.

    tamiflu is only effective w/in 24-48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
     
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    Thank you. I will.
     

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