(borrowing that title, unfortunately, from Robin, who has already been through what I’m just starting!)
Yep. Luke’s got it.
I just got an email from his teacher saying that more than half of the kids in his class are home sick today. Not surprising after Luke came home from school on Tuesday and told me that FOUR kids had gone home with fevers Monday and Tuesday. And, I knew that one had already tested positive for H1N1, so I figured that’s what we were dealing with. It was confirmed this morning by a swab at the pediatrician’s office.
So I guess this clears me of my mommy guilt for deciding not to vaccinate them against H1N1…it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Only Luke was eligible to get it on Monday at school if we’d chosen to, and it takes another 10 days for it to be effective. I have no idea when it would have been available for the other kiddos.
Yesterday morning he woke up before 6 with a low-grade fever, a slightly sore throat and runny nose and cough. He stayed on Motrin all day and really acted pretty normal. Last night wasn’t great, though, as the fever was causing some symptoms similar to the night terrors he experienced last spring. It’s scary, as a parent, when you know that it’s fever-induced behavior. Neither of us slept much last night (and I’m sure Matt didn’t either, as Luke is camped out in our room). His fever was 102.8 before Motrin this morning, which the doc said is primarily the range they’re seeing, though there are a few outliers.
I know people are divided on this, but we’re going to do Tamiflu for all of the boys. Luke’s was caught in plenty of time so it should shorten his symptoms. The two younger boys will go on the prophylactic dose in hopes of avoiding them catching it. I’m on the fence…I’m just starting a cold, so if this progresses any more today, I’m calling my doc for a prescription, too.
Hope you all have a safe, healthy weekend! Keep us in your prayers…I’d love if it just didn’t get worse than this.