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The doctor says lots of people are getting/being 'Post viral' this winter; are they?

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KatyMac Sat 19-Jan-13 21:04:53

DD hasn't 'picked up' after sinusitis & the dr said lots of people were struggling this way this winter

Are other people finding the same?

roundabout1 Thu 24-Jan-13 13:42:03

I'm glad school are being sympathetic. We have had huge problems with school along the way but slightly better at the moment. Dd still isn't great - they are thinking it is possibly Chronic Fatigue now due to lack of improvement, I am a bit confused about the difference between the two to be honest especially CFS in its milder form. Dd id doing a couple of hours at school a daybut averaging only 3 days a week as still finds it hardgoing. At home she has periods of normality, boisterous, dancing etc etc but then flops. She is a bit like a puppy, has a mad half hour & then flops but instead of being a cute sleeping puppy turns stroppy!

fuzzpig Thu 24-Jan-13 13:51:20

How's she doing today Katy? Has she had blood tests etc now?

I am down with yet another chest infection, I know it's going to take its toll for a good few weeks even after the infection is cleared. Stupid sodding CFS. Grrr.

Totally understand your worry - I too know people with family connections to CFS so it does seem likely there is a genetic element to it, at least in terms of vulnerability.

FerrisBueller1972 Thu 24-Jan-13 13:57:35

My ds (7) had the same after having a flu type illness that swept throughthe school in December, followed by a chest infection, early Jan I noticed a large lump oin the side of his neck which he said wasn't painful. After all the symptoms were described to the Dr, muscle pain, severe fatigue in a football mad boy, joint pain especially his hips and frequent headaches, she ordered a blood test to eliminate anything cancer like. Did a follow up test last week and it came back positive for Glandular Fever.

He can have a good few hours and goes to school but it just wipes him out. He was allowed to do PE last Friday (even though the teaching staff were told to please keep an eye on him and discourage any football or running around) it floored him for 4 days.

I feel for anyone who has a child with this, feel nothing but anxiety for me as I am a single mum working full time. My employer loves me right now, not.

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-13 14:21:35

It's awful; she is so tired

She went in for 2 hours again today after her blood test and a nap

She has a big course coming up....I am quite concerned I'll have to cancel it

Of course she could just be a bit post viral & fine by the weekend I hope

fuzzpig Thu 24-Jan-13 14:25:56

sad she will be gutted about the course but if she pushes herself she could get more ill, and for longer.

How much longer can you leave it before you decide?

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-13 14:38:19

Well I think we lose the money whatever - it's in London, she was spending a week with her Great Uncle & going to see 'A Chorus Line'

It's a pre-vocational course

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-13 20:34:35

She is going in first thing tomorrow & we will see how she does

KatyMac Fri 25-Jan-13 16:49:12

She managed getting up & out on the bus then 2 lessons; so much better than yesterday

Januarymadness Fri 25-Jan-13 18:20:41

Hey. Thats good news. When do you get test results?

KatyMac Fri 25-Jan-13 19:22:46

5 days from yesterday; but someone said on another thread that the test isn't always conclusive

KatyMac Wed 30-Jan-13 20:55:50

The blood tests are in & she is all clear - so I guess it's post viral (or it could still be glandular fever apparently)

Januarymadness Thu 31-Jan-13 08:19:32

Well it is good that she is all clear. Why didnt they test for glandular fever?

BeaWheesht Thu 31-Jan-13 08:27:20

I think they did test for it january it's just that sometimes you get a negative result even when it was post viral.

Fwiw I think there are a lot of bugs hanging around recently - my ds has been off almost a fortnight hmm

BoffinMum Thu 31-Jan-13 08:51:25

It's important that kids try to make it into school little and often, otherwise they lose touch with their friends really fast.

member Thu 31-Jan-13 08:59:18

Just in the playground there seems to be more people with post viral fatigue - usual colds do seem to have been accompanied with jelly-like legs & lightheadedness. It may be a more virulent strain of virus BUT I'm inclined to think that the lack of sun last year(practically constant rain & grey skies here for months)has meant that our bodies are at a low ebb.

Am aware that sounds old-wife-taleish with no hard evidence blush

KatyMac Thu 31-Jan-13 09:05:41

She did 3 hrs on Mon, 4 hrs on Tues & only 2.5 hrs on Wed......lets see how today goes

roundabout1 Thu 31-Jan-13 17:25:59

Katy - a few hours every day is good, at least that way she's keeping in touch with friends wtc & has the routine of going to school. Is she aware of when she needs to stop & take it easy? I think that is one of the hardest things.

KatyMac Thu 31-Jan-13 19:47:03

I know the idiot child did the whole day today & then had a singing lesson & then options evening

I have had a massive strop and really shouted sad

roundabout1 Fri 01-Feb-13 09:55:10

It is hard isn't it. My dd always wants to miss school but then overdoes it at home on really silly things like jumping round the house, yesterday was pretending to be a pony galloping round. Its normal child behaviour but so frustrating when she then feels really poorly after. If it makes you feel better I shouted at dd too just out of sheer frustration of trying to manage the situation. She is only 7 after all, so I felt very bad after blush
I hope your dd isn't suffering the after effects today

KatyMac Fri 01-Feb-13 22:16:32

She is

It's the emotional angle that is the most upsetting; permanent PMT

roundabout1 Sat 02-Feb-13 11:12:22

Oh I'm sorry she suffered the after effects yesterday but not surprising. I hope you manage to have a good weekend. My daughter has no hormones involved yet has huge mood swings, goes from being very low & withdrawn to hyper & talking non stop for hours barely pausing for breath, talking utter rubbish, I really think she's unable to stop herself. She is also angry, stroppy, tearful & at times I struggle to recognise my dd sad

KatyMac Sat 02-Feb-13 11:19:57

That sounds so much like my DD it's unreal!

roundabout1 Sat 02-Feb-13 18:52:33

Well dd has had a friend round today shes not seen for ages. To begin with I said it would be 3 hours max but they were playing so nice & it was lovely to see the old dd back I let them be. Stayed for about 6 hours, dd fine all the time, I did make sure they watched a dvd so she had some quiet time too. Half an hour after friend went dd crashed & is feeling rotten. I am annoyed at myself really for not being stricter but it was great to see her being happy and also great not to have her moaning about being bored every two minutes!

KatyMac Sat 02-Feb-13 21:28:57

How lovely/sad

We are in the same position; bored, begging to do more, getting over stimulated, becoming emotional puddle

roundabout1 Sun 03-Feb-13 15:59:25

Arghh the expected crash today after the boom of yesterday

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