Monday, October 19, 2009
Despite our best efforts to stay well (not frequenting public or crowded places, good hand washing, pulling MK out of preschool, etc.) it seems that the dreaded swine flu has hit our home. Greg woke yesterday with a fever, cough and headache. He was ordered to be tested for flu but the test came back negative. Then about 5am Mookie started complaining about headache, cough, sore throat and had a low grade fever. She also had some 3 loose stools before 10am. She visited the pediatrician who swabbed her as well and her tests came back positive for BOTH the H1N1 flu and strep throat! Unbelievable. Her doctor said that if 10 people actually have the flu, only 6 will test positive on the rapid test, meaning Greg for sure has it too. His doctor confirmed this and prescribed Tamiflu immediately. MK is going on Tamiflu and an antibiotic for the strep. Connie and I are to start the preventative dose of Tamiflu since we are at a higher risk of complications from the flu (being a heart patient and me being pregnant). Connie's cardiologist ok'd it and also gave us a bit of good news. Last week he had blood drawn to check his BNP level, the one that measures heart failure. Remember this summer how he was in the 7000-8000 range (extremely elevated, meaning severe heart failure)? His number is now only 1800!!! That is much improved. While it is still elevated and we don't know exactly what it means in children, we do know it is a lot better than a couple of months ago so we'll take it. If the cardiologist were to check every complex chd kid in his office, he might find a similar number. We also know that his liver is a totally better size indicating no signs of heart failure! Now if we can just keep him from getting the flu... I asked the pediatrician about taking him to my parent's house or something and he said it was too late anyway. Just separate them the best we can and get him on the tamiflu. So, that's what we'll do. We'd appreciate some prayers for speedy recoveries for both Greg and Mookie and that the rest of us can avoid this plague!
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 1:16 PM