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    Posted: January 11 2014 at 1:00am
So I went to the doctor Thursday because I thought my asthma was acting up, she said she thought it was viral and gave me a Z=pack and steroid dose pack so it wouldn't turn into bronchitis or pneumonia. So Friday night I'm actually feeling worse, thinking it's my asthma I go to the ER to get a steroid shot. But they said my lungs were moving air fine and they did a chest x-ray, but they said they wanted to do a flu test.  I said you can but I don't really have any of the symptoms, no nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever. I have been tired and feeling cold a lot, but it's been really cold here so I didn't think much of it. So it came back positive for Type A. They gave me Tamiflu, said go home and rest, continue with the Z-pack and steroids, and breathing treatments, rest and drink lots of fluids. Not the way I wanted to spend my 3 day weekend off work, lol. I did mention to the ER doc about the high rate of deaths with people with asthma, she said I wasn't going to die, I was going to be fine. I did have the flu shot so maybe a milder case because of that. The head congestion is horrible though.
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Fingers crossed it clears up quickly. After both me and my son had a month long bout of coughs, sniffles and all manner of unpleasantness my wife finally started with a cough. As you know, she has pretty severe asthma and it set off all kinds of alarms, but four days later I can hardly tell she's sick. This strain seems to cover all the bases - you can have mild to nonexistent symptoms, or it can kick your behind for what feels like an eternity. I thought I was finally over it and woke up this morning congested with a productive cough again.
We were all vaccinated this year, and I suspect it would have been worse if we hadn't. We had some pretty impressive flu-like symptoms for a few days after the shot, so it obviously got the attention of our immune systems and presumably stimulated it to produce antibodies. Hopefully you'll get over it quickly - you went to the docs early and got treatment whereas I was an idiot and suffered with OTC meds ( I think I may have menthol poisoning from all the cough drops I was eating like candy...).
Keep us posted, and don't forget to rest and stay hydrated.
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Penham, Would it be possible to get a sticky on the WHO Situation post?

The reports are getting confusing. Thanks and take care of yourself.
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Today is the first day my mother has been feeling better. She was very ill for 4 days but never went to the doctor. She had all the classic flu symptoms with a fever, and she got the vaccine back in early fall.

Just today I've developed a sore throat but more of a odd swallowing sensation. No other symptoms and I'm crossing my fingers that it's not the start of this nasty bug. I didn't get the shot either.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Penham Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2014 at 4:25pm
Suzy, did I sticky the right one?
 
I am actually feeling quite a bit better this evening after 2 doses of the Tamiflu, getting ready to take the third dose and 3 days of antibiotics and steroids and various other allergy meds and OTC meds, breathing treatments, lots of water, juice and chicken noodle soup. Getting lots of rest, watching loads of tv, talking on the phone, writing letters, it's a fight to stay in bed because I don't feel horrible. I want to get up, but know I shouldn't, I know I need to rest or I could get worse.
 
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Penham, glad you are feeling better. I told my son when he left for college to get to a Doc if he even thought he was coming down with the flu. This stuff is really bad. If he can't get Tamiflu, I will get our doc to prescribe and I will drive it up there to him.

Get better girl!
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Penham, sorry to hear it's gotten you too. I totally believe I have H1N1 even though an ER rapid test was negative. This is starting week 3 for me & symptoms. Fatigue & fevers are finally gone, somebody knock on wood, wheezing is better, cough still a nuisance & ears are going on day 6 of being completely plugged up. I posted about my nightmare here in Gen Discussion, might lull you to sleep while you are resting ;)

Feel better soon!
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Yes, Thanks Penham.
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Jen, fortunately the head congestion is almost all gone. The first 24 hours it was horrible, I could not breath through my nose, the headache was so bad 800mg of prescription ibuprofen was not touching it. A few hours after the first dose of Tamiflu the headache stopped. I never had any wheezing, just chest tightness, that probably was helped from the Prednisone, Z-pack and Albuterol/steroid breathing treatments at home. I am also taking about 4 or 5 other meds too. So hitting this very hard and so far it seems to be working. I have been up and out of bed most of the day, but not doing anything but watching tv, that is the hardest part, not doing anything when you start feeling better.
It came on very quickly, I had gone out to dinner with my ex and taken him to the airport because his dad passed away, went to work and was feeling just fine. During the course of my 8 hour shift I went downhill quickly and went straight to the doctor after getting off at 8:00am. 24 hours after the first doctor visit I got worse and went to the ER, that was when they did the flu test and gave me the Tamiflu.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Suzi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2014 at 5:23pm
Penham, Sorry to bother you but WHO Situation Update came unstuck.
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Then Albert may have undone it or one of the other mods.
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Hi Suzi,  caught this thread a little late.  I don't usually like sticky topics in the news section, and if we do one it's usually only temporary, although I like the idea of what you wanted to do.  The top news slot is for fresh breaking latest news. I also don't put a lot of weight into the WHO's reporting when it comes to China i.e. the enormous amount of under-reporting condoned by the WHO.  Apparently their under-reporting is not limited to just h7n9, and also includes h5n1.  The only way that h5n1 ended up in Canada is because China has probably been hiding many cases for years now and it's about the only thing that makes sense as to why that case popped up in North America.  The WHO also changed the content at the top of the H7N9 page to address H5N1 case reporting, or the fact that they won't report cases regularly, as they're probably aware that people are going to soon realize China's latest cover up scandal with H5N1.  

Anyway, I appreciate your idea of doing the sticky and trying to improve tracking of the outbreak. Your intentions are in the right spot.   What we can do is put a link at the top of the forum that leads to that thread with the same heading of WHO H7N9 Situation Update if that works for you. 

Let me know what you think.

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Sounds good Albert. Thanks
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So I had to go bac in yesterday morning and get a steroid shot for my asthma. Another appointmenton Friday, they are making sure I don't get pneumonia. Finished the Prednisone and Z-pack, take the last Tamiflu today. They said it was safe to work.
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Are you feeling better?
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Z pack didn't help me & I had a double pack. Went back Monday with another ear infection & sinus infection, this time on Omnicef & Muscinex D. Hope you keep it under control Penham. Has your daughter stayed well this year?
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Yes, I am doing much better. Still some head congestion at times, but not constant. My daughter so far has been well, thanks Jen for asking. She had a concussion not long ago from basketball but other than that this school year she has been good, no softball injuries, lol.
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The past two days I've developed a terrible sore throat and an even more stuff/sore neck. I feel like crap. What should I do?!?!
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Kyle if I were you I'd get to a Dr or clinic & get on Tamiflu asap! That is your best bet if it is flu to have an easier time with it & feel better quicker. You are still within that 48 hr period of time, but I would ask for Tamiflu even if I were beyond the 48 hrs. Don't know about your part of the country but here there is also a LOT of strep going around, that in some people does not present with the typical symptoms. So I'd get checked for that too. I'd get a nose swab for flu, throat swab for strep & no matter what the rapid test says ask for Tamiflu.

Then after that, all the yada yada yada stuff, like stay hydrated (it is very important) keep fever under control if you have one, don't hesitate to go to the Dr/clinic/ER if you feel something is wrong.
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Sadly I can't get to a doctor but might call one later. I'm extremely foolish for saying this but I have to be at school even though I feel like total crap. These last 2 days are finals and I can't miss them at all.
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