Monday, October 19, 2009

H1N1 Nightmare

This all started 10 days ago when Ryan came down with a fever about an hour after the last of our guests left.  Like dominoes, almost everyone that was at our house that day has fallen ill.  Because H1N1 testing is so expensive, everyone except Ryan is a "suspected" case, but Ryan got tested because of Sam, even though it was really too late to do anything about it by that point.  Ryan was positive for the H1N1 flu virus, so there is little doubt that the rest of the "suspected" cases are really not all that suspicious.

Fast forward 10 days.  Sam never really got that sick.  Deb and I have been toying with illness off and on, everything seemed to be going in the right direction.  There has been a lot of talk about the H1N1 virus and how it is so dangerous because it appears to be having a huge impact on peoples lungs and there have been a high number of cases of "post H1N1 pneumonia" in children.  It seems to be particularily dangerous as it is hard to fight off.

As of tonight, Sam and one of the other children that was at our house 10 days ago have come down with pneumonia.  Another is is the ER as I am writing this.  We caught Sam's really early but we wil need to watch him carefully to make sure that things don't change for the worse.  From what we are hearing, when it changes for the worst it changes fast.  For someone like Sam who has already been through so much this is just not what he needs right now.

Sam is sleeping peacefully now, pumped full of IV antibiotics, hopefully the morning will bring lungs that sound the same or better - not worse.  Tomorrow I will update again, and include the story of the worst ER visit imaginable.  Stay Tuned.

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