Monday, June 1, 2009


The Daily Dandy is quarantined.

My baby girl has the flu. Yup, she tested positive for the Influenza A flu yesterday. Funny thing is, she is absolutely fine.

She came home from a sleepover on Sat morning feeling sick. She had a temp of 102.7 and I went into panic overdrive. Her eyes were all red and glassy and she was not feeling good at all. I kept a vigil by her bedside, taking her temp every hour. As the morning progressed, the fever broke and stayed at around 100.3. I wasn't taking any chances. Last week, every elementary school in our town was closed for the entire week because of the percentage of kids out sick with flu-like symptoms. Every school except the high school; her school. Her brother tortured her regularly, as he had a week off and was living it up with his buddies daily. She took exception to his ribbing and quietly hoped for the high school to close.

Be careful what you wish for.

I kept in contact with her doctor by phone and she prescribed Tamiflu for her, which she started taking immediately. By Sunday morning she was fever free and feeling better. The doctor still wanted me to take her in, so that she could be tested for flu. I was almost positive it wasn't flu because she was already feeling better. Much to my surprise, it was the flu. Influenza A.
But was it SWINE???? The doctor told me that the state of MA is no longer testing for swine because of an overwhelming number of cases, and that the strain is a lot less vital than they originally thought. The treatment is the same for both Influenza and swine. The doctor said that chances are it probably is H1N1, because by this time, spring, flu is not usually prevalent.


She also told me that it is state mandated that the child must stay out of school for 7 full days from the start of the fever and that I must inform the school immediately of my daughter's diagnosis. AND...that all three of us in the home, me, My Guy and my son must begin a preventative course of Tamiflu for the next ten days.

Double Great.

Today my baby is better than good and BORED out of her mind. She has been symptom free for more than 24 hours and I can happily report that she is already driving me nuts. I feel like Carol Brady in that episode when the Brady kids all get sick at the same time and they keep ringing that little bell for food and medicine, but at our house she has no bell. What she has is far worse; a cell phone, and is not shy about using it for one trivial thing or another. And I am thanking God.
I will answer the calls for Gatorade, soup and whatever else she wants as long as she continues to be OK.

We will do our quarantine and be grateful for a mild case of Influenza A.

Whatever it is, I'm not questioning it.


wigsf said...

Is it just me, or do these word verifcation things sound like prescription drugs. Today's is 'suronin.'

And has your daughter asked for some Flintstones Chewable Morphine yet?

Heff said...

Seems to be a lot of this goin' around. Geez, talk about the word verification/drug relation...Mine says "Vactin" !

Joanie M said...

Glad she's on the mend!

BeckEye said...

Ooh, my word ver is very sciency-sounding: mucedmat.

Do not take Mucedmat if you have chronic chest pains, diarrhea more than once a week, or are prone to night terrors. Mucedmat may cause bleeding from the anus, uncontrollable sweating, and blurred vision. Do not take Mucedmat with any other medication or you could grow a third eye.

Anyyyywayyyy, hope the kid is better soon!

SkylersDad said...

Ha ha ha wigsf! "Flintstones Chewable Morphine" is the best thing I have read in awhile!

The Dental Maven said...

Oh Lordy!! H1N1??? Well thank goodness she's doing better!

Enjoy the quarantini's for seven days...I hear those are pretty good, but they pack a powerful punch.

Chris @ Maugeritaville said...

Candy, you knew I'd be all over that Brady Bunch reference, didn't you? Awesomeness!

Glad the worst of it has passed. We had the swine flu scare here, also. At out training session on what to do if kids had symptoms, they didn't appreciate my input.

"What would you do if a child was showing symptoms of swine flu?"

Me: "Send him crying wee, wee, wee, all the way home."

"Where would you keep the student isolated until his parents arrived?"

Me: "We'd build a house of straw out on the playground."

"The incubation period for swine flu is about two days."

Me: "Is that an exact time frame or is it just a ballpork figure?"

Yeah, they don't appreciate me at all, the fuddy-duddies.

Scope said...

Remind you daughter that since she is feeling better, and her legs are not broken, she can find the way to the kitchen her-own-damn-self. And that if YOU get sick, you will be expecting the same level of doting. Then tell. Her to google "doting", what are you, her dictionary, too?

TROLL Y2K said...

There are plenty of productive chores that yutes can perform while quarantined. Just a thought.

Cora said...


That's a mighty long time to be quarantined. Blah.

Pop and Ice said...

Tamiflu is the bomb (according to my daughter). She got hit really badly with the flu about 3 years ago and ever since then goes willingly for her yearly flu shot. And she hates needles. But not as much as the flu.

I hope the flu does not spread through your household but with everyone on Tamiflu, you might squeak by. Hope your daughter is feeling better soon!

Fancy Schmancy said...

So glad she's feeling better so quickly. I don't understand why she would have to stay out for 7 days after the fact - she was probably already contagious for 3 days before she even showed symptoms!

Anonymous said...

Stay calm, turn out all the lights, and get in the bomb shelter. Remember to "duck and cover" help is on the way. :)

Anonymous said...

Candy, we were 16th and 17th on Heffs top scorers. Could this be fate? ;)

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Talk about unlucky...everyone under quarantine? Glad she's feeling better and just hope no one else comes down with it either! Somehow, you don't strike me as Carol Brady?!?!

Anonymous said...

Mine says "flagi" What the shit?


Furtheron said...

Hope she is well soon and the rest of you don't go down with it... in the UK it is still big news with the spread of it, interesting that you aren't even now specifically testing for it... Hmm I won't tell the girls given our USA holiday plans I think, they were both "NOT GOING" following the plane crash yesterday.

John said...

Ugh. I've been down since Friday with a damn cold. To have a cold when summer is blooming is especially miserable (I was SUPPOSED to be working on my tan this weekend); I barely set foot outside my door in four gorgeous late-May days. I did however, have a major website update to do for a client, so having nothing better to do than be sick and sit at the computer, it kept my nose to the grindstone and helped me make a nice chunk of cash a lot faster than I otherwise would have. - Glad your baby is feeling better too. : )