posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 06:00 AM
She was sent home from her Chicago suburban hospital yesterday after collapsing with high fever ---yes--- SENT HOME--- with Tamiflu and orders to take
2 weeks off work. She WAS tested- and the PCR testing showed H1N1 seropositivity- but I don't know about any mutations, as the hospital doesn't
have the ability to test beyond a positive/negative.
She is so ill her mother has temporarily moved into her condo to care for her. She is an experienced, degreed, ER nurse at a busy hospital, whose ICU
dept. is full, and which has suspended non-essential procedures due to the number of ill patients needing beds.
When I spoke to her on the phone earlier she said that the testing of the incoming and admitted patients was almost exclusively positive for H1N1;
that Tamiflu was effective on some; Relenza was used on others and that if, in a few days she does not improve on Tamiflu, she will be "switched" to
The hospital is in the heart of an affluent area of the Chicago suburbs, and according to my nurse friend, is already aware of resistance issues, and
is using not only Relenza, but the amantadines (sp?)?, which are even more dangerous.
She is to report to her superiors daily, and has been told an ambulance will come for her if she does not improve....She has Crohn's disease and I'm
extremely worried for her.
To our ATS members in Chicago- resistance is here, as is an infection rate far greater than is reported. In addition- the Taste of Chicago is going
on right now and 1 Milion people are expected at the fireworks tonight- our city has done NOTHING to attempt stopping the spread of flu- despite our
state having one of the highest infection rates in the US. It's shocking and unfathomable.
Stay well and please say a prayer (light a candle- whatever) for my friend. She is a devoted caretaker and deserves a long life (and, for the people
who are ill here, and elsewhere).
BTW- I've reported on traffic activity in Chicago lately- yesterday was the only day in a good 6-8 weeks when it was heavy- a combo of people going
on holiday; the Taste of Chicago and a Cubs home game. Nevertheless, my husband got in and out of the downtown area in two hours, in the middle of
all of that. It would normally be half a day. I will continue reporting- and you can check traffic anywhere with Google maps traffic app- it shows
real-time trafic anywhere. It's a god tool and can show that, while, for example, there are multiple construction sites in Chicago, traffic is
surprisingly navigable, in despite. Usefull, I think.