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Frig on a stick ... have I got 'it???'

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Disenchanted3 Sat 11-Jul-09 19:03:11


I'm feeling rough.

In the last 3 hours I've developed a headache, ears hurt, throats sore, feel queasy & knackered.

MIL just rang and said 16 of her pupils have suspected swine flu and herself.

Have I caught the plague?

<<puts quarentine sign on door>>

I'm worried about the kids though

Disenchanted3 Sat 11-Jul-09 19:03:45

My kids, not MILs pupils.

cornsilk Sat 11-Jul-09 19:04:49

Are you stocked up with calpol etc just in case?

PerfectPrefect Sat 11-Jul-09 19:05:41

Fever I think is one of the key diagnostics...

dizzymare Sat 11-Jul-09 19:06:14

I've been in bed all afternoon feeling shite aswell, bloody hope I haven't got it, I want to go to Ikea tomorrow blush

Disenchanted3 Sat 11-Jul-09 19:07:06

I've got nowt,

do I need supplis??

<<gets pen & pad to make list for DH>>

Disenchanted3 Sat 11-Jul-09 19:08:13

Lol Dizzy Im supposed to take kids Blackpool hmm

Im worried for DD shes so little and DS2 gets everything going round.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sat 11-Jul-09 19:10:50

I believe d&v is another tell tale sign.

Get calpol and nurofen for the kids (just incase) and some paracetamol for you.

cornsilk Sat 11-Jul-09 19:11:07

I'm starting to stock up on things I'll need if we all go down with it at once. I never have anything in usually as my ds's are very rarely ill, but I bought calpol yesterday so that's a start!

moosemama Sat 11-Jul-09 19:29:57

I had all the same symptoms as you on Thursday, slightly less yesterday and today am just feeling a bit under the weather and very tired. No temperature either. Hope you just have what I had, which I assume was just a virus. smile

By the way, I had also been in contact with someone who had been in contact with someone that had confirmed swine flu as well.

myjobismum Sat 11-Jul-09 20:15:37

Was wondering about this, but not for myself for my 9 month DD

I am not panicking as have accepted that it is mild and although nasty, not dangerous iyswim.

She has been unwell and waking through the night for hours screaming for the last week which is so unlike her. She has also got the following symptoms :

Streaming nose
Cough (nasty, started tickly now going chesty)
pulling/tugging at ears
screaming when feeding her solids if it is something she has to chew or swallow (including pasta etc and she loves food so very worrying)
Has several times spiked temperature needing medicine - varying between 38.5 and 39 deg C over the last couple of days.

She is totally not herself and upset by all the things she enjoys, she just wants to be cuddled with me all the time sad

I was assuming it was teething but am now thinking it is a nast virus or something else - how are we supposed to tell either way?

<sorry to go on!>

littleboyblue Sat 11-Jul-09 20:34:07

I've been feeling bad today and yesterday too. I have blocked, runny nose, headache, eyes hurt, feeling physically drained. I went bak to bed at 11:30 and woke at 4pm.
My ds's are 2 and 5 months, they are also both really snotty. I've ben keeping an eye on their temperature and ds2 is having calpol for his teething anyway, but I am concerned.
I feel like I just have a normal little cold, but keep thinking, what if? Especially as the boys are so young.
I don't have fever or d&v, so will try to relax until those symptoms hit of they do.

I've sent the boys to my parents in the hope that a good nights sleep will help and told them my symptoms just incase they didn't want to risk swine flu, but they agree it sounds like just a little cold/summer virus

whomovedmychocolate Sat 11-Jul-09 20:40:36

Send your DH for the following:

-paracetamol/ibuprofen for you
-Same for kids
-loo rolls
-food for seven days (easy to make/eat)
-drinks - lots of squash etc - you will be drinking but not eating.
- Mouthwash (if you've been hoofing a lot it helps make you feel a bit less gross I find).

While you are still relatively okay, find your NHS numbers out - the red books have them - any repeat prescriptions will have them on. WRITE DOWN the number of your GP somewhere prominent in large letters you can still see when you can't see straight and are hallucinating small goblins running round the floor.

Most supermarkets are open till 10pm - send him now - if he goes down with it tonight and he hasn't gone you'll be stuffed!

whomovedmychocolate Sat 11-Jul-09 20:42:25

Oh and all children under three should have their symptoms reported to the GP or out of hours service and need to be seen - they will phone diagnose over 3s but under 3s need checking in case it's something else (no-one wants to miss a meningitis case by assuming it's swine flu).

Try not to panic

myjobismum Sat 11-Jul-09 20:47:15

Whomovedmychocolate - I know that was intended for Disenchanted not myself, but I am going on my instinct that if there were no swine flu I would not be worried enough about her condition to contact the doctors (of course I am concerned, but she is by no means seriously ill and I had assumed it was/is teething) however should she worsen I will of course be right on the phone!

littleboyblue Sat 11-Jul-09 20:47:52

Thank you whomovedmychocolate I have spoken to dp aout my worries and he tells me I'm being silly nd it's just a cold that I've picked up from the boys and I should stop being such a drama queen, so I think I can sing for any shpping! grin
I have all the essentials here anyway and have sent a bottle of calpol with each child to their grandparents.
If we're the same on tuesday, I'll call the doctor, or if anyone gets worse, sooner (obviously). Tuesday will be 5 days of me feeling rough, and ds2 being snotty. Ds1 has been snotty for 2 years pretty much non-stop, so will see how we get on. have told my parents to call if they need to and not to hesitate getting the boys any medical treatment as they see necessary.

littleboyblue Sat 11-Jul-09 20:49:34

myjobismum That's my thought too. If it wasn't for this whole swine flu pandemic - or whatever they're calling it now, i wouldn't be worried enough to seek medical advice and would be treating at home for a week or so anyway.......

smee Sat 11-Jul-09 20:50:38

Don't panic too much - even if it is the dreaded pig bug, in most people it's not too bad. We had it (we think) and though pretty foul, it really was no where near the worst bug in the world. Lots of people are saying the same. Fingers crossed for you.

Niecie Sat 11-Jul-09 20:53:44

myjobismum - ear pulling and a high temperature, with not wanting to chew are signs of an ear infection which is not nice.

I think I would be on to the docs on this one. Teething does not give you a temperature and she may well need antibiotics.

No idea about swine flu though other than I know somebody who has it in RL now.

<battens down hatches>

whomovedmychocolate Sat 11-Jul-09 21:07:53

It's good to be sensible about these things myjobismum - however do bear in mind small children can deteriorate quickly and there are worse things than swine flu out there which we should be mindful of.

For example:

(1) If a child of under 3 has a persistent temp of over 38 for more than an hour after being given a dose of paracetamol/ibuprofen
(2) if the temp hits 40
(3) If the child is unresponsive/floppy/very confused.
(4) If breathing difficulties develop or cyanosis occurs.
(5) Stiff neck/light aversion
(6) Rash which doesn't fade (NB some cases of swine flu have included a rash apparently).

myjobismum Sat 11-Jul-09 21:09:28

Niecie - thanks, that was my immediate thought too when the ear tugging began! DD has had an ear infection with perforated ear drum before - he ears are 'running' alot with what looks like healthy orangey coloured wax and she will happily let me touch them and clean them with a flannel, whereas last time she would scream when i so much as brushed it! On the other hand she screams if i try and feel inside her mouth and she is dribbling uncontrollably! I know you are not 'supposed' to get a raised temp with teething, but the last two times she has cut a tooth she has been really quite unwell with temps of 39deg and then the tooth cut within 24 hours - she also had a loss of appetite and ear tugging so a tough call! Upon asking the doctor about this (was visiting to totally unrelated issue) he informed me that everyone is different and although unusual, is not impossible for a fever to be teething related, something to do with the body protecting itself from infection and foreign bodies <sorry it confused me!>

TBH so far my DD hasn't followed any of the normal guidelines so wouldn't be suprised if she was in the tiny few who teeth so strangely either!

myjobismum Sat 11-Jul-09 21:15:31

thanks Whomovedmychoc - she none of that applies to DD <thank goodness> she has no rash at all, the temp is as before mentioned up to 39 deg once or twice, but has come down quickly with paracetamol, although tired, she is not floppy and is well alert (well not at this moment as she is in her cot) it is the cough that is getting me, i feel so sorry for her! - she is generally quite unwell and miserable but nothing that makes me feel uncomfortable, just a bit sad iyswim - I will as always keep a close eye on her and my DS too as anything one gets the other seems to get shortly after! I am sure it is a mix of teething and cold/virus - but have heard that swine flu is all over the place and although awful is not particularly obvious or alarming and so was wondering how I would really know one way or another - after all she cannot tell me if she is feeling achey etc

whomovedmychocolate Sat 11-Jul-09 21:21:03

Coughing is good though - it shows the lungs are working well and discharging any gunk which is in there. Wheezing on the other hand is bad. But coughing - while alarming to hear, is a good sign.

Incidentally DS has always had a raised temp with teething - I don't know why but GP said that was normal. hmm

Kbear Sat 11-Jul-09 22:14:24

I think DS has "it". There is a case of it at his school in his year.

He's been red hot for two days, cold symptoms etc, tonight he's just been sick but is now sleeping.

DH is also ill, think he might have it too.

My thoughts are we just treat as normal flu and no need to phone doctor but am I wrong, should I report it and get tamiflu? Mixed info everywhere.

Frizbe Sat 11-Jul-09 22:22:41

Kbear they're only giving tamiflu to the at risk groups, everyone else has to slum it with normal cold and flu treatments, break out the beechams.

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