American Bushman

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Swine Flu

We've got it.

Sarah tested positive yesterday after waking up with a fever. Jake's been sick with a high fever since Sunday and, while testing negative, the doctor told me the test has a high percentage of false negatives and he's clearly got the symptoms.

The baby gets Tamiflu two times a day. Jake gets to tough it out. He's not in a high-risk category and I'll be keeping a close eye on him to make sure he doesn't get any worse.

While the test doesn't confirm the strain of flu, the pediatrician is treating both cases as swine flu (H1N1) to be safe.

Some might panic at the news. I'm not worried. We've had sick kids before. We'll have sick kids again. Fluids followed by more fluids is the order of the day. If the situation deteriorates then we'll seek additional medical assistance.

Laura, my wife, and I have all managed to avoid it thus far. We're now taking bets on how long each of us lasts. Who's running the pool? If I make it free and clear to the end of the week I'll have successfully avoided it (I hope.)

Exciting times...

Thanks for reading,



At 5:21 AM, Blogger ЯСупер said...

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At 8:44 AM, Blogger J. J. Magnum said...

Hang in there Brian. The flu is the flu whether it's H1N1 or other strain. If you are still perking along after the kids are a-symptomatic for three days, you were missed. Regardless, do the stuff you do to fight off colds (Vitamin C, wash hands, etc), eat well, and keep busy. Keep in touch.


At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope all turns out well for your family. Jeff

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

zinc, echinecea, 1000 mg vitamin C take w/ food take it once in morning and once inafter noon keep taking it even though you feel ok stop when no one in the family is sick KD

At 5:19 PM, Blogger American Bushman said...

You forgot garlic, a powerful antiviral and antibiotic.

Thanks everybody. Sarah's doing much better now but Jake's still smashed.


At 6:18 PM, Blogger Mike said...

What people fail to realize is that the plain old regular seasonal flu will kill around 36 thousand people (CDC numbers) this year, in the U.S. alone. You don't hear about this on the news because it happens every year. Plain flu apparently isn't exotic enough for 24 hour news coverage.

Get well all the same.

At 9:24 AM, Blogger JRE Industries said...

I got $20 on Brian..........

(Always trying to be the supportive friend) LOL

At 9:27 AM, Blogger American Bushman said...


I've got a bit of a tickle this morning so I'm doubling up on the Vitamin C.

The regular ingestion of garlic has given me some wicked foul burps. (TMI?)


At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yikes Brian.. sorry to hear that man.. you folks take care...

cheers... Mtnfolk Mike


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