Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sick Days

This past week Jason was out of town on business for about 4 days. I always miss him when he is gone, but I understand that he has to travel for work and so it doesn't bother me too much. With his new position he will be traveling one week a month out-of-state to visit clients and sales reps and a few days a month down to a town about 5 hours South of us for the same reason. That being said, this week I became ill. To be honest, I thought I was getting the swine flu. Eeek!

I have not yet been vaccinated for the seasonal flu, as Walgreens would not give me the vaccine until I brought them a written letter from my doctor stating if I was able to get the vaccine with preservatives or not.(Feels a bit like elementary school, if you ask me!) They told me this after I had paid and was sitting with the Pharmacist who was prepping my arm for the shot. It was all ready Friday and after business hours, so I would've had to wait until Monday to call my doctor.
Jason left Monday afternoon, after working all morning, for his trip. I came down with a low grade fever and a sore throat on Monday evening after I returned home from work.

Then Tuesday Holly (who just moved out. She only lives 5 miutes down the road, but I sure will miss her!) came home with the news that one of her co-workers had been diagnosed with swine flu that day. That did it! I think I went into hypochondriac overdrive and probably started to feel worse with that knowledge in my back pocket. I called my doctor's office on Wednesday and they advised me to find a PCP as soon as possible and get in for an appointment. By this point I was feeling very feverish and could feel those lymph nodes in my throat swelling under my skin. I'll admit that I was very scared. I called Jason to let him know what was going on. He was in a conference, but kept taking my calls, as I knew he was concerned and he knew that I was upset. He urged me to get to a doctor as soon as possible, that the baby and I were too important to let this wait another day.

All we hear on the news these days are stories about this vaccine. Is it safe? Nobody really knows. Should pregnant women receive it? Absolutely! What happens if you don't get vaccinated? Well, obviously the media wants you to think that you could possibly die. I have had every intention of receiving this vaccine up to this point. I had based my decision on the fact that my all ready weak immune system is even weaker now that I am pregnant, making me even more susceptible to illness. I get sick pretty often, and it seems to stick with me for awhile. I did not want these factors to harm myself or the baby in anyway with the swine flu that is floating around amongst us.

I was unable to get in to see a doctor, so after work Wednesday evening I took myself to the closest Urgent Care Center and plopped myself down in an uncomfortable chair in the waiting room, hoping to see a doctor within an hour or two. As luck would have it, I only had to wait an hour! (A miracle at these places!) The Doctor took my temperature, it was back to a normal 98.5, even though it had been consistently over 100 degrees since Monday. Maybe my thermometer is broken? Maybe I am so paranoid that I made my body have a higher temperature? Who knows? He said my lymph nodes were extremely swollen and that I was probably on the verge of a very bad cold. But, since I was pregnant he wanted to run a Flu Test and a Strep Test just to be safe. Both tests were negative, and I was sent on my way with advice to get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids and take it easy. Phew! I can't tell you how relieved I was. The entire time I was waiting for those tests results I was praying the Flu test would come back negative. My mother, who is an intelligent and fantastic nurse, had told me that when a flu test comes back positive at this time of year, they immediately treat it as swine flu, since the seasonal flu doesn't come into "season" until January.

I took Thursday off of work, rested at home, took a Managerial Accounting Midterm (no way around that one!) and waited for Jason's arrival that evening. I was so happy that he was coming home. He makes me feel stronger and things don't seem as bad when he is around. It is now Sunday, and we both have sore throats and phlegmy coughs resonating from our lungs. We are feeling a little under the weather, but since we're together, we can handle it! Here's to a healthy upcoming week!


Here is a picture of Charlie Brown (a.k. World's Largest Baby!)getting lovin' from his Aunt "Ha Ha" (Holly)!

~Emily

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