What Does Swine Flu Feel Like? Ask This CafeMom ...

Cynthia Dermody
Healthy Living
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swine fluA young CafeMom, who wants to remain anonymous, tested positive for the swine flu last week. By now you've heard that health officials and doctors are easing up on the alarm. N1H1 is not a whole lot different from the regular flu.

To put you even further at ease about what to expect should you or someone you know contract it (heaven forbid), here's an interview with one mother (who's feeling much better, by the way):

How did the symptoms come on?

Friday afternoon I took a nap with both my boys and when we woke up my whole body just felt so worn out. About an hour later, my throat started to hurt but I thought it may be allergies.

I laid around the house, thinking I was just exhausted after not sleeping very well. Saturday morning, I woke up and felt like I was dying. I was freezing, my throat was worse, I had a headache, and I couldn't breath from a stuffy nose. I took my temperature and it was only 100, and then I took it again about an hour later, and it was up to 102.2. I called my doctor. He told me to go to the ER.

How did they test you for it?

They did a test with a swab. The test in the hospital lab came back negative for Type B flu, which is the regular flu. The doctors in the ER wanted me to stay overnight because I was starting to pass out and my fever was still rising to 103. They sent my swab to an outside lab Saturday night, and we got the results -- positive for swine flu -- Sunday evening.

How do you think you caught it?

About a week earlier, my son had an accident and my husband had to rush him to the ER. We have a very big ER and it was full, taking hours for people to be seen. Some people were just walking out without any treatment.

The doctor who treated me in the hospital said someone most likely had it and walked out. More than likely my husband was just a carrier and I got it from him. He hasn't had any symptoms, neither has my son. I can't think of any other place I could have gotten it, since I hadn't really been out that week.

Is anyone else in your home sick? Did you receive instructions from your doc on how not to spread it?

No one else is feeling bad. My husband and kids are staying at a relative's house until I'm feeling better, and they should be able to come back home soon. I've been told to have little or no contact with others, wash my hands, invest in GermX. (The pizza guy thinks I'm crazy by leaving a note on the door saying "Here's some GermX, money is in the Ziploc, just drop off the pizza and ring the bell, thanks!" gotta keep him safe too, LOL.)

What did the doctor who treated you say exactly ... about your prognosis, how serious it really is ... ?

He said I should be fine within a week, just like the regular flu. It was serious for a while because of my fever and passing out. I had a C-section in January and have had some complications since, so my health wasn't 100 percent, which really played a major role in the way my body reacted.

After I had fluids and a lot of sleep, I stared to feel so much better. If you've had the regular flu, it feels exactly the same. I can't tell any difference, it's just all in the test.

Any words of advice for other CafeMoms?

The media loves to blow everything up like it's the end of the world. If you've had the flu, then you can't tell any difference. Do like everyone else is saying, wash your hands, cover your mouth with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. If you think you may have it PLEASE call your doctor first for confirmation that you need to go in.

If you doctor isn't open, call your hospital or a nurses line! Don't go to the ER for a sore throat or cough, you might be making someone with the swine flu wait. You may just have allergies and other people are sitting their infecting you. And if you do have it, get as much sleep as possible, try and stay away from your kids, and catch up on some chick flicks.

Do you know anyone with swine flu? How are they doing? Are you worried about catching it from them?

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