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Flu and Asthma

Well, DS13 has Type A flu. His temp was over 102 at the pediatrician's office, and they were pretty worried about his having flu because he never runs a fever, and the test came back positive. He had his flu shot, so his pediatrician is hopeful that he will have a milder case. Anyway, he's on Tamiflu and his maintenance inhalers (ProAir and Flovent) for his asthma. I'm hoping that it won't cause an exacerbation as he typically has mild asthma. At the same time, I'm concerned that I might get it, and that could be really bad. I've done all the preventative things I know to do to help stay well, so we shall see. I hate it when my kiddo is sick especially when I need to keep my distance from him! 

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  • LK
    dory2005 posted:

    At the same time, I'm concerned that I might get it, and that could be really bad. I've done all the preventative things I know to do to help stay well, so we shall see. I hate it when my kiddo is sick especially when I need to keep my distance from him! 

    Oh, Dory!      I am so sorry your DS had the flu!  That is an awful predicament to be in – having a sick child and needing to keep your distance.  Keeping you and your family in my prayers for no complications and for a quick recovery.

  • Shea

    Dory, did you get Tamiflu as a preventative? My doctor gave me it once when my son had a confirmed case of flu, since I am on prednisone, an immunosuppressant. I never got it, and never had any bad side effects from the tamiflu either. 

  • dory2005

    Thanks. Lisa! I appreciate the prayers! 

    Shea, My dr called me in Tamiflu because my immune system isn’t the greatest, so I started it this evening. Hopefully it will keep the germs at bay. Thanks for checking on us. Right now his fever is 103, and he just had Motrin a few hours ago. My older son went to the pharmacy to get some Tylenol so that I can alternate the Motrin and Tylenol. Our CVS pharmacists are very helpful with this stuff, so I’m thankful for them. My kiddo never has a temp and it’s been years since I’ve had a child with a temp this high, so I’m out of practice for what to do. Hoping that he will start feeling better soon.

     

  • LK

    When our DS was a toddler we were visiting my parents and he came down with a high fever.  Saw a pediatrician and he had me alternate giving him Tylenol and Motrin every two hours.  Had never had to do that before or since.  He had a virus.  It took a while but his fever did come down.  All he wanted to do was be held my me.  Thankfully I didn't have asthma then.  

    I hope his fever comes down soon!  

  • Shea

    Sending lots of prayers your way Dory… It sounds like you are doing everything exactly right. That is a high fever, I hope it has come down some since your post. I know fever is the way of kicking viruses butts, but tbat it has to stay in balance or it can cause injury to onesself, and I dont myself know much about what to do and when or how long for high fevers. I know keeping fluids down is important, sips of water, smart water (has electrolytes too).. I have hear about alternating motrin and tylenol like you are doing is good, and I am glad you started tge tamiflu, like I said I think you've got this and are doing everything well.

  • Pljohns

    Oh Dory- I'm so sorry!  I hope his temp comes down quickly and hope you don't get it.  Be warned-if you've never had tamiflu, it makes me deathly sick-can't keep anything down.  I have to take it with zofran just to function  Hopefully it won't bother you like that.  Sending tons and tons of get well vibes for your son and stay well vibes for the rest of you

  • dory2005

    DS still has a fever (102 last night), but it's not as high as it was. He started coughing yesterday, and this morning it was pretty bad again. I called his ped. and we are starting neb treatments, so I'm hoping that will help. He has mild asthma, but the flu seems to be causing a lot of congestion in his lungs. Hoping that he will start feeling better soon! 

  • LK

    Sending many  your way, Dory!   It is so hard when your child is ill.  Glad you are keeping his doctor informed.  How are you doing?

  • Pljohns

    I'm so sorry Dory-the prevalent strain of flu this year (at least according to the CDC) is H1N1 and it has a respiratory component to it.  That's the strain that i caught originally that left me with asthma.   for your DS and hope you don't get it!

  • dory2005

    Thanks! I appreciate the prayers. I haven't been feeling the best, but I'm hoping it's just the serious weather changes (going from 65 to 30 in less than 24 hours). I've started coughing a lot last night even after using my neb, but I don't have a fever, so I'm hoping it's just asthma and not anything else. I'm pretty exhausted, but I really think that's because I've been getting up and giving DS Tylenol every 4 hours. I'm testing the today and tomorrow, so I really need to stay well enough to work! 

  • Melissa G

    Sending you lots of  Dory! This weather is crazy! We had frigid temps on Monday, it was in the 50's yesterday and today, then tonight it will be back down in the 20's!

    I hope the neb treatments help your son and that you are able to get some rest. 

  • Pljohns

    Dory-hope your DS is better this morning and the fever has come down.  Hope you are better too and have still avoided the flu!

  • LK
    Pljohns posted:

    Dory-hope your DS is better this morning and the fever has come down.  Hope you are better too and have still avoided the flu!

    Dory,  Same here.    Hope all of you are improving!!      

  • LK

    Hi Dory!    

    How is your son doing?  Hope and pray his fever is gone and he is feeling better!  Sending "stay healthy" vibes to everyone in your family.  How are you doing?  

  • dory2005

    Thanks so much, Lisa, Lynn, and Melissa! DS's fever finally broke yesterday, and he's feeling much better! Unfortunately, I think I've got a mild case (low grade fever, headache, aches, cough, congestion, etc.), but I've been on Tamiflu since Tuesday, and I've increased my nebs, so I'm trying to take it easy and get a lot of fluids and rest. Trying to stay ahead of any potential flares, so I'm monitoring my PF and O2 levels. I'll check back in when I'm feeling better. 

  • Melissa G

    Very happy that your ds is on the mend! Oh no, that you are sick! Sending you lots of !! Hope you feel better soon!

  • Shea

    Dory, I am glad your DS broke that fever! I was just reading so much sbout the flu in the news today– some schools are even being shutdown. I hope you make it through with just a mild case of it, and that it doesnt flare anything up. Sending prayers for quick recovery for you all!

  • LK

    I thank the Good Lord that your DS is better Dory!  Oh, so sorry to hear that you are ill!     Glad you are resting and drinking plenty of fluids.  Keeping you in my prayers!  

  • dory2005

    Thanks, Shea, Lisa, and Melissa, and everyone! I'm finally feeling better! It's been a rough week/weekend, but looking forward to this coming week! I am especially excited that I haven't had to go up on pred! Still on 22.5 and nebs every 4 hours, and I'm holding my own!