What we learned going through H1N1….

Well it was in our house and we survived and looking on the bright side, we don’t have to debate whether we will get the vaccination, we already had it. How did we know we got it? It started with a Fever Seizure. Scary stuff, my little girl of 4 had one; we called 911 because we didn’t know what it was or what to do. Found out they are common in small children, doesn’t mean they are any less scary, temp was 103.6, we couldn’t get it down, paramedics told us to get to the ER, tried the lukewarm shower, washcloths, more Ibuprofen, by the time we got to the ER it was still 103.4, they gave her Tylenol on top of the Ibuprofen. After sitting there for almost 2 hrs, her temp got down to 100 and she seemed fine, ran tests to find cause. No other symptoms except the fever for about 24 hrs, then started to get a “stuffy nose”, sore neck and small cough mid morning, but I have heard much worse in Tyler’s classroom! ER dr. said it was a text book case of a fever seizure, and there are no lasting affects, just a way the body handles such a spike in fever in small bodies. Results of tests…N1H1, we didn’t even have to wait for the full hour, it was that definitive. Also a touch of pneumonia, no meds for the flu, antibiotics for the pneumonia. Get this; they said Tyler could go to school if there was no fever. We were to keep her home 7 days from the onset of symptoms. Well Tyler started 2 days later, luckily we choose to keep him out of school, or probably his class would have gotten it. My husband worked from home, he never did get it but I got what seemed to be a milder case of it.

Advice we can give, keep a dosing, potty and Temp chart when you get the N1H1, make sure you are staying hydrated(should be going to the bathroom every 1 to 1.5 hrs). And keep that fever down, using both Tylenol and Ibuprofen at the same time, if one kind isn’t enough to keep the fever down. That was the biggest ah-ha, and things went much smoother after that. We used over the counter cold and flu meds for the other symptoms. Otherwise the Dr. or urgent care/ER can’t do anything for you; we only ended up in the ER because we freaked out about the fever seizure. Oh and FYI on the Thermaflu, the ER Dr. was not recommending it, what they are finding is that it may only reduce symptoms perhaps a day, nothing significant and they are finding some serious side effects in children, once we heard that we opted out of Thermaflu.

I hope this helps people, if I would have known about the Tylenol/Ibuprofen combo usuage, we would have probably avoided the Fever Seizure and the trip to the ER. Good luck and stay healthy this flu season.

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~ by debt2dreams on October 20, 2009.

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