LOL!! It's no laughing matter, but I thought that was a very clever name for the stupid H1N1 that the med students came up with. Our doctor told us about it. He says that more people have than you'd think, it's not a death sentence, most people recover pretty quickly and it's being blown way out of proportion. Figures. Don't get me wrong, if someone who already has health issues catches it it can be deadly, but so can the regular flu. If either of my two little ones catches it we will be heading straight to the doctor for some Tamiflu. No joke!! It can be very serious for young children, elderly and like I said, people with health issues.
So yesterday when our doctor called to confirm that Raven does indeed have the H1N1 virus, I wasn't too worried. While everyone else around me panicked, I was calm and trying to reassure them that no, they are not going to die. -_- Some people can be so ignorant. I don't want to even go into details about some of the things some people said, but it was ridiculous!!! -_- Let me just give you the facts.
How did we know it was H1N1?
Our doctor did a swab test to determine that it was H1N1. He had to because he has to report each and every case that walks into his office.
What's the difference between the regular flu and H1N1?
The regular flu gives you some warning. You feel it coming with a cold or cough. The H1N1 just hits you and it hits hard!! No warning. One day you're fine, the next you wake up and want to die. The flu can be managed with flu meds, you can get the fever down. I was unable to get Raven's fever down with flu medicine. 103 fever for 24 hours can do a number on you.
Can I catch the flu just by being in your house?
No, you can't. My kid has to cough on you, sneeze on you or spit in your mouth for you to get sick.
So there. Everyone needs to calm the fuck down. :)