posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 04:08 PM
Here in France there has been a real effort to educate people about the spread of H1N1, with TV adverts, posters, information printed on the front of
any envelope sent out by the government etc. There has also been a huge vaccination campaign, with pregnant women, teachers, medical professionals
offered a vaccine first, and then the general public. Over 3.5 million people have now been immunised.
But the things is, I had not heard of anyone actually having the virus! No family, friends, co-workers, nothing. Nada. Zip. Apart from a cousin's
friend who lives in the UK, but there were probably 20 steps of removal, so I discounted it.
My wife is 8 and a half months pregnant, and has been drumming into me - was your hands after the supermarket, shaking hands with anyone etc. I even
keep a bottle of antiseptic alcohol in the car. We have taken no chances, but decided up to now to not get vaccinated due to the possible risks of
relatively untested medicine. The vaccination centre was also too far from us, and with a 3+ hour wait, with no chairs, it would have been too much
for my wife.
About 3 weeks ago I felt pretty ill, took to my bed for 3 days, went to the Doctor, who diagnosed a Sinus infection. I had some Antibiotics, and was
better in a week or so. About 7 days ago my wife started to feel ill too, but with 'cold' like symptoms. She has got worse, despite some
antibiotics, but in the last 2 days she has had some improvement, and just has what I'd call a 'deep' flu...
Well, in precaution for the baby, I forced her to go back to the Doctor's yesterday. She was there for 10 mins before we were on our way to hospital!
Isolation H1N1 emergency centre, space suits, masks, gowns, the whole lot... she had no temperature, just the flu like symptoms. The did some tests
and sent us home with no new medication, but a prescription for Tamiflu just in case.
We were not told to stay inside, limit exposure to people, just to call back as it would take up to 48 hours to get the results!!
Well, we thought that there was no chance of my wife having H1N1 as she has only been out a few times in the last 3 weeks, but to our astonishment,
she has come back positive!!
Which is where it gets worse.
She has not been called back to hospital, despite being 8 months+ pregnant, not been examined further, not had any more tests, not been asked to list
where she has been, who she has spoken to. She has just been told to take the Tamiflu and stay warm!!
All in all, I am now panicking, have no idea if we are following the right instructions. Seriously worried about our little new arrival, and think
Christmas may be canceled as we can't see anyone!
And from the beginning, I said that H1N1 was exaggerated and didn't exist... guess I have been proved wrong!