Some of you have seen posts recently where I've mentioned that my entire family has not been feeling well. I went to the doctor Friday because we were afraid I'd contract pneumonia again if I didn't get in, but since I'd gotten a flu vaccine, they didn't do an influenza culture. I came home with my antibiotics, and my 8 year old started getting really sick. She was running a fever of 104 last night, and after medicine and a cool bath was only down to 103. Of course, by the time I'd driven the hour to the emergency room with her her fever was down to 99, but she was coughing hard and you could tell she wasn't feeling well.
The ER doc spent some time talking with her and asking us both questions, then ordered a chest xray, blood work, a throat swab, and a nasal swab. We walked in the door, were through registration and triage in 10 minutes, and had seen the doctor, had her xray, her swabs and her bloodwork taken inside of half an hour. I couldn't believe how quickly it was moving at 9 o'clock on a Saturday night! And I apparently jinxed myself because then we sat there for the next 3 hours. To be fair, they had to be really busy, because the doctor was called out for 3 emergencies after he finally made it back to talk to us. All of the personnel were very nice.
Long story short, her bloodwork and chest xray were good, strep was negative, and she was positive for influenza. Which really surprised me since the girls and I all got vaccinated back in November! Since it is so contagious, the protocol is to treat not only the patient, but everyone in the household. There are no 24 hour pharmacies there, so we had to drive home, then my husband thankfully volunteered to go fill all seven of the prescriptions when the pharmacy opened this morning. He headed back into town about ten. Our youngest and I are just exhausted from arriving home at 3 o'clock this morning!
Here are some flu tips to help you know what to watch for! Not only did we not know we had it, we didn't know we were carrying it, so we could have infected all kinds of people! Thankfully there was no food bank last week!