For the last couple of days my wife has been has been unwell. Just a cold or a bug we thought - nothing to worry about.
My wife is 11 weeks pregnant and as a result of this can not take anything for her headaches and just soldered on.
She works in a small service station (Gas station for our Amerifriends, Garage for our UK friends) in suburban Perth and only has a couple of
employees. With only a couple of employees and it a real hassle for them when someone is off sick with trying to cover shifts and working extra
Yesterday, she had to come home from work early as it was getting too much for her to bear at work. Her symptoms include, cough, temperature and
headaches. This as you can imagine caused pandemonium at work and she only expected to be off today or at most 2 days.
She went to the Doctors to get the obligatory sick note for her employer to prove she was, in fact, sick. Imagine my surprise today when she came
home and asked my to buy her a surgical mask as she has suspected swine flu.
What this entails, as we have just found out, is a purchase of a surgical mask A quick trip to the chemist to purchase a mask (AUD$1.95) and then a
trip to the hospital to be tested.
As a few pregnant women have died
due to A(H1N1) in
Western Australia due to their immune systems not able to cope with being able to fight the virus and keep a baby alive and she is classed as high
risk. Her pregnancy is also classed as high risk too, just to compound the issue.
The test involves you taking swabs of your own throat and nose whilst being watched by a nurse who is wearing gloves, mask and a gown that are quickly
disposed of in a bio-hazard bin. They were not going to take any chances.
The results will not be known until Monday (now Wednesday) and if it is found to be positive, will then involve a stay in hospital in quarantine until
the symptoms subside.
That is problematic enough, but now I'm going to discuss how this impacts on our lives. My wife's boss has to cover her shifts at work, she has to
stay away from our other children (Like that is going to happen). We have had to inform the parents of the other children that have been over to play
to keep an eye out on their conditions. Our borders, who are due to go on holidays up north in a couple of days have also been put on notice.
As luck would have it, I am on holiday myself for a couple of weeks starting Monday but am due to do another shift at my workplace on Saturday night -
I believe that I will also have to inform them at work.
A lot has been said about the A(H1N1) pandemic, but not much has really been written on how it actually impacts the lives and the lives of the people
around you. So what I am going to do is give updates on her condition and anything that she has taken or procedures done in regards to it, but aslo
to advise on how this impacts a very busy family unit, so others can learn from it or know what to expect should they be diagnosed with it.
[edit: changed title]
[edit on 16-9-2009 by darkmaninperth]