My encounter with H1N1
Posted 28 November 2009 - 05:29 PM
I started some symptoms of a cold on Saturday on 11/21. I thought it is minor cold, so took over the counter medications for a cold for a couple of days. It started becoming worse and worse accompanied by congested chest and severe cough. Tuesday, I went to my primary physician and was diagnosed right away with H1N1 and started five day dose of Tamiflu. First three days were so horrible that my lungs were barely working. Difficulty in breathing and severe itchiness in my chest, pounding head, severe body ache, and mild fever were the main symptoms. Now exactly after a week I feel better, but am still very weak. I am not sure if I will be ready to go to work on Monday, but I at least need to go to my primary physician to get H1N1 vaccination. He was kind enough to save one for me from the few vaccinations he received. I was trying to get H1N1 vaccinations for the last two months, but could not get it.
So any of you that have the opportunity to get H1N1 vaccination, I would encourage you to grab the opportunity and save yourself from so much pain. I had taken my regular flu vaccination in early October. My primary physician received only 10 dosage of H1N1 this year so far.
Posted 29 November 2009 - 05:25 AM
I am sorry to hear that it was so painful, but you do not need the vaccination now since you have had the H1N1. Your body has build up a natural immunity. Hopefully, you can sleep in today and get plenty of rest.
Take care, Everyone.
Posted 29 November 2009 - 06:05 AM
Thank you for sharing your H1N1 experience. It helps us to know what type of symptoms to look for. I'm so sorry that you suffered like you did, but am thrilled that you pulled through and within a week are considering going back to work.
You seem to be experiencing the same thing that I am as to the availability of the H1N1 vaccine. It has been so limited here and up until last week was only available to children, pregnant women and healthcare workers. Respiratory illness and immunosuppression was added to my state's list last week, so hopefully I'll be able to find one some where. I have 3 doctors looking for me. In the meantime, I stay pretty much at home. Since I work from home, it's easy for me to do. My clients are very comfortable with conference calls and very accomodating.
I hope you continue to feel better every day and that you don't have to deal with this again.
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 06:41 AM
hope you are feeling 100% soon.
Posted 29 November 2009 - 12:37 PM
My doctor highly recommended to take vaccination for H1N1 even though I had one.
He rather went out of way to find one for me and reserved so I can take as soon as I feel OK
Posted 29 November 2009 - 12:43 PM
I so hope you are on the mend and feeling much better!
Posted 29 November 2009 - 02:31 PM
I haven't even asked about the shot yet- I did have the seasonal flu one a couple of weeks ago. I'm lucky to be able to stay pretty much at home and I have been trying to avoid going where there are crowds.
Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:05 PM
Thanks for posting that. I'd been dithering, but I think now I'll make a stronger effort to get the H1N1 vaccine. I live just outside a major urban area, but the vaccine is fairly hard to find here too.
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:45 PM
That is interesting about getting the shot even though you have had the H1N1. My sister's son had the H1N1 two weeks ago and her primary care physician told her not to worry about getting the shot since she was his primary caregiver for 24/7 while he was so sick. Perhaps having the sclero/autoimmune diseases puts matters into a different, more proactive, protective mode. Gareth got his last month. I will keep you in my thoughts.
Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:09 PM
Goodness, I am so sorry you had to experience this. I'm really glad you caught it so quickly, so they were able to give you something to help. Keep resting, don't overdo it!
Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:34 PM
LOL.......can you tell I had a kitten helping with the typing?!?!? I should have proof read!!!
Take care, Everyone.
Posted 30 November 2009 - 04:41 AM
I am so sorry you were so sick with H1N1 and hope you have a good recovery. I get a regular flu shot every year and this year got the H1N1 at dialysis. A couple of years ago my husband got the flu and it knocked him for a loop. He gets a vaccine every year now and wants the H1N1 but can't get it because of the shortages. I hope everyone stays healthy.
Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:17 AM
I'm so sorry to read that you were so poorly with the H1N1 virus. It sounds like you had a really bad time with it; thank goodness you are feeling a little better now.
I had the first H1N1 jab last Wednesday & am booked in for another in 3 weeks time; in the UK they seem to do 2 jabs for people with compromised immune systems.
On balance & particularly after reading what a terrible time you have had with swine flu I'm quite pleased I made a fuss & insisted that my general practitioner included me in their vaccination programme!
Kind regards x
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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:32 AM
To my fellow sclerodermians, take this novel flu very seriously, it is horrible, get your vaccines as soon as it is available to you!
Posted 30 November 2009 - 01:34 PM
Sorry to hear you both got so sick but glad you are getting better. They say the H1N1 takes a lot out of you with that lack of energy for some time after wards as well.