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I had to take Spencer back to the dr yesterday because his fever just WILL NOT go away and they wanted to see him again if it got past 100.4 and yesterday morning it was 101. Turns out he has the flu. They said the swine flu is the only kind that is going around right now but my mom (who works in a hospital) said that they actually have to do a series of expensive tests to determine if it's actually swine flu and the gov. doesn't like to do all of those tests because of how expensive it is..esp. w/ people on gov. insurance like Spencer and I. So they just did one 10 min. test on him after they swabbed both of his nostrils and said it was flu. This is on top of him having an ear infection in his right ear. You can imagine how pleasant he has been these past few days.
So they prescribed him Tamiflu and me also since I was exposed to it. But I'm worried. The nurse told me to take one pill a day for 10 days unless I start showing symptoms and then I need to take 2 pills a day. I'm worried about the side effects of this medicine on the baby, but moreso I can't stop worrying about still getting the flu and then going into labor and delivering and then what?? I can't be around my own newborn starting from birth?? Someone told me that infants 6 months and younger can't get the flu and I didn't know how true that was so I asked a dr. who happens to be a family friend and she said that no that's not true, infants can get the flu. I've been having little contractions here and there and lots and lots of pressure and I really don't think I will be that much longer. Does anyone know what the protocol is for a mother whose just delivered her baby in the hospital? Will they want me to keep my distance from him? I know if Spencer is still sick he will need to keep his distance until he is better. Sorry I'm rambling..I'm just so upset. My poor little boy is sick and on all this medication and I'm just so scared that I will end up sick with it because I just thought he had an ear infection and allergies. So I've been eating/drinking after him, kissing him, etc.
Last edited by Blue_Twinkles; October 15th, 2009 at 07:53 AM.
I hope he feels better and that you don't get sick! Pregnant women are so susceptible I think it would just be safer to take the medicine then to get sick.
From what I know, the reg. flu is def. still going around.. at least here it is. We only hear about the 'serious' cases, but a lot of people get over swine flu without any complications or really feeling all that terrible.
All of our hospitals have now banned any visitors under 18 unless someone is literally dying, even siblings. I hope they don't do that where you are but I know they're going crazy about visitors. I guess i'd just be careful about how much you're smooching him and swapping germs