Monday, August 10, 2009

Swine flu...

Well it is official! After feeling absolutely dreadful with aches, pains, headaches, low grade temps, coughs and runny nose I went to the local ED as I couldn't get in to see my GP. They sent me to the major tertiary hospital because they were concerned about my BP and some swelling in my hands and feet. Ended up spending 3 hours in labour and delivery and just bfore I left they did a nasal swab. Today I booked an emergency appointment to see my GP as I still wasn't feeling any better - and he confirmed that I have Swine Flu. So I have started on Tamiflu.

This has all been extremely stressful (as you can imagine). BUT the benefits of the medications are widely reported to outweigh the risks. One fortunate aspect for me has been that despite my symptoms my temperature has never gone above 38.1 and that my lungs are clear - the two most significant risks for mother and unborn baby being very high temps and secondary bacterial infections. The other is that I am a fair way along with the pregnancy - 30 weeks tomorrow and therefore this should not affect the baby's development in any way.

Spent a fair bit of time on the phone with the hospital registrar today and he was very reassuring. So now it just a matter of getting over this illness.

Here is a link for anyone who is interested on the current CDC guidelines for managing Swine Flu in pregnancy...

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/clinician_pregnant.htm

Hugs,
Lisa

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh My dear sweet Lisa..Sheeeeeeeeit...!!!!!..So sorry it's the Swine flu..We sure hope you start to recover soon, & little baby Reid will be ok...How are Harry & Mitch, maybe they too have the same..
Thinking of you ( Alway's )...
Loads of Love to you all.Auntie ( M )..xxxxx

Lisa - Mum to Mitch and Harry said...

Dear Auntie Mary,
The boys have seen the GP and in all likelihood they have had it too, but are now eating up a atorm and are not unwell except for a cough.

Just wanting to be on the mend for the boys' birthday party on Sunday ;-/

Hugs,
Lisa xx

lisa said...

Never rains but it pours hey Lisa..as if you needed more ailments.
Good that your body is coping with it well otherwise it could have been disastrous.
Hey, I'm a grandma! a little boy, born last wed...6lb 9..hale and hearty :) no name yet, looks just like my son.

Lisa - Mum to Mitch and Harry said...

Congratulations on the birth of your grandson Lisa :-)