Since we’ve been so swine heavy the last couple days, I thought it was time for me to chime in, as someone who is currently dealing directly with the dreaded Swine Flu. My girlfriend is one of 10 people in California who has the barnyard flu.
Feeling right as rain she left for a work trip to Las Vegas last Thursday. By Saturday night she started to feel ill. Within twenty-four hours she was back in Los Angeles in the hospital with a temperature of 103.
Once arriving at the hospital, she was immediately put on zanamivir. They diagnosed her sickness as the Swine Flu for a couple important reasons, one because she became ill while traveling and two because she already has had a flu shot.
Sorry gang flu shots are no match for this virus.
They asked her to stay in the hospital and take a bunch more tests but she was told that none of them would make her feel any better. Upon hearing this she asked to leave so she could get home and rest. The physicians let her go after she promised not to leave her house or to make contact with anyone.
A few things bother me about this situation. First off, I’m happy she is home but why did the doctors allow her to leave with an extremely infectious disease. Two, she got sick while traveling and was at her peak of the illness while on a plane.
It seems like she may be the monkey from “Outbreak” or patient zero for LA. My feeling is that more should be done in alerting people she may have been in contact with. Lastly, according to a regional map there are no cases of the virus in LA County. This is obviously not the case.
I wonder how many instances of this flu really exist and if the misinformation delineated by the press and the medical community is a tactic to avoid mass hysteria, which obviously hasn’t really worked anyways.
There were 40 cases in the US yesterday and according the CDC it’s up to 64 as of this writing. Remember that’s only confirmed cases. It’s on both coasts. This is no laughing matter.
She’s doing better. She says it’s like a regular flu but with a severe fever that hits like a ton of bricks. Only poor Mexicans without health insurance and access to decent hospitals are dying but this is way bigger than we are lead to believe.
I dropped off some chicken soup to her last night with a little gift. I placed a to go bag on her door step. I back away like she was a leper as she opened the door. She was shrouded in darkness only her back lit by glowing TV light. I told her to open up the bag because Jerry’s Famous Deli had given her a little treat. She opened the bag to find the pink stuffed pig I stuck inside. She almost started crying it made her feel so good. Since hugging me wasn’t possible she embraced the pig tightly. At that moment, to both of our surprises the pig began to sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm…with an oink oink here and an oink oink there…(you know the rest)”. We both started laughing hysterically. Hopefully as they say it’s the best medicine.
I’ll try and keep you guys posted if there are anymore developments. For now…beddy budddeee beddy…that’s all folks.