Why didn't we go to the Dr? Well, first of all, the nurse at the health department told me that it was not necessary to go to the Dr unless we experienced complications. And second, I really didn't want to pay $20 each to have the Dr tell us that he was pretty sure it was swine flu and there was nothing he could really do, "but Oh, come back if you get worse" (and pay another $20 each). What about TamiFlu? I am aware that Tamiflu is a medication that can be prescribed that shortens the duration of flu, but I have also been told that it is in short supply. Since none of us have any chronic illnesses, we aren't really candidates for Tamiflu. Why didn't we get tested? The nurse at the Health Department didn't think it was necessary (I asked) & I didn't want to pay for 6 tests plus co-pay at the Dr office just to confirm that YES we are sick.
What were our symptoms?
- Fever (up to 103 for most of us)
- Runny nose
- Sore throat (only the 3 girls)
- Body Aches (Hubby & I)
- Headaches (severe for me & Morgan)
- Belly pain
- Tiredness (except for the 2 youngest who seem to have normal energy levels)
- Minor cough (all 4 kids)
- Maggie first showed symptoms September 25th and returned to school yesterday, Oct 6th.
- Marissa & Melanie started with a fever on September 28th, they are still running fevers today, but their other symptoms are mostly gone.
- I started running a fever on September 29th and am still dealing with fever, tiredness & sore muscles.
- Hubby & Morgan both started running a fever the night of September 29th...they returned to work & school today. Hubby still has sore muscles, but is otherwise fully recovered. Morgan seems to be fully recovered.