posted on Sep, 22 2009 @ 02:59 PM
My 12 year old boy has the swine flu. Im mad as a hornet right now. He has had a cough for a month. I took him to the Dr. on the 9th because he had
a mild fever and a cough that had lasted two weeks. They said eh its the croup not a big deal in older kids. Said it lasts 3 weeks. Well he is
still coughing. Came home yesterday with bloodshot eyes and not feeling well. He went from 100 degree fvr to 101.8 in 10 min. Gave him ibuprofen
and sent him to bed. This morning I take him back to Dr. still has a 101.8 fever. I do not give him drugs this time choose to wait until after the
Doc sees him.
New Doc this time.
Get this, his fever totaly goes away. It's back up now, but it keeps going back and forth.
Sends for chest xrays to check for pnemonia. Chest xrays show he has asthma no pnemonia. That is why he has been coughing. I was expecting weezing
for an asthma attack so I had not thought to give him an inhaler. Why didnt the other DR? i dont know. Anyway, since that showed asthma, she had a
flu test done. Sure enough he has the flu.
Why am I mad? Because of how many flippin hoops you have to jump through. In order for them to think flu they have to be seen in the er, 2 times at
the Dr., or have 103 fever.
You have to have a chest xray before you can have a flu test.
Keep in mind I didnt go to see if he had the flu I went to make sure he didnt have pnemonia.
BUT if you do have the flu and need help you have to jump through all these hoops FIRST.
THEN oh he needs to start Tamiflu asap.
You can NOT get tamiflu before jumping through all those hoops. Even if you go to the ER....my cousins boy has it too.
Im all for helping my kid. He is my baby, granted a big one and the oldest of my bunch, but my baby none the less.
However, I cant help feeling like have been taken.
LUCKLY I have insurance. Here is the break down for just one of my 3 kids with insurance.
Dr. visit #1 $20
Dr. visit#2 $20
I will get a bill later for the xrays and flu test. Estimating over $100 for those.
Unfortunatly, we are all doomed to get this, and my other son has asthma real bad too. So I am going to have to do all this all over again - the
Its not like we are rolling in $$ for heavens sake. The economy sucks.
YEA Im mad as a hornet. There have never been so many hoops to jump through, and it has never been this expensive for the dog gone flu. I feel like
Ive just been taken for a ride. I had no intention on taking the tamiflu route. I only did it this time because she scared the jeepers out of me.
Now I feel like a fool. I have other moms swearing to me about tamiflu, and how wonderful it is. Maybe it is. But I have a family of 5, and people
arent jumping up and down to build houses and commercial properties right now. Thats $260 just for the tamiflu. Not counting the xrays and nose swab
you have to get before. I know that it only takes a few days off the flu, but they make it seem like your going to die with out it. Hell, a 21 year
old girl here just died last week, and she was healthy as a horse.
Whats a person to do? Cheepest route is to get immunized, but we have all read the warnings on that.
As for symptoms, the first thing I noticed besides the cough, was that he had bloodshot eyes and was sitting very still - his body hurt all over. The
sariest part is that the fever comes on strong and fast. Really fast.