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Flu round two

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This time it’s the real deal.  My son came home from school on Monday with a cough.  In the middle of the night he woke up with a fever.  I called the doctor yesterday and asked if I should bring him in.  I mentioned that my daughter went to the flu infested high school and I was concerned, plus he has asthma to boot.  They scheduled him for today.  After giving him the once over and a strep test the doctor determined a.) he didn’t have strep and b.) he had the flu and referred to it as swine. 

Here was my opportunity to ask the burning question …”is there a test you can run for that?” I asked.  The doctor replied that there was one but it’s very uncomfortable as they have to go up your nose to get a specimen and then most of the quick tests have returned negative only to later be found positive.  I was satisfied with that answer, I wouldn’t want anything being stuck up my nose.  Then I asked what could be prescribed, knowing he would say Tamiflu.  Tamiflu it is and it seems as if they are running low on it in these parts.  The doctor then told me that they are getting the H1N1 vaccine in next week and that I should make an appointment to have my son get the vaccination even though he’s already had it. 

This all makes me wonder what the rest of the fall and winter will be like.


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October 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Posted in Awareness, H1N1, Kids

Most likely H1N1

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Dear Parents and Guardians:
This letter is to inform you that we are beginning to see an increase in flu-like illnesses within our schools.  The New York State Department of Health has stated that the majority of influenza viruses recently sub-typed at the NYSDOH Wadsworth Center have been novel influenza A (H1N1) viruses.  So therefore, the flu virus that is currently circulating in our communities is most likely the H1N1 flu virus, as per The Rensselaer County Department of Health.  Most people infected with the novel H1N1 flu virus have experienced mild to moderate illness, similar to seasonal flu.  Treatment for the novel H1N1 flu is the same as for the seasonal flu.  Please be assured that a healthy environment in our schools is a top priority.   Since the start of school, we have increased our cleaning and sanitizing efforts of all commonly touched surfaces and recently have brought in additional staff to intensify this effort.
Our school health staff is monitoring your child’s health in school and will notify parents if there are any concerns. The flu can easily spread from person to person, but there are preventive measures you can take to help us significantly reduce the incidence of the flu in our school community.

Read the entire letter here.

Written by Kim

October 15, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Posted in Awareness, H1N1, Kids

Flu Outbreak at Columbia High School?

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“EAST GREENBUSH – The East Greenbush school district sent out a letter to parents warning them about an increase in their students coming down with flu-like illnesses.

The letter assures parents that it is only seasonal flu cases and not H1N1; however, a local health expert says that can be tough to tell.”


Written by Kim

October 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Posted in Awareness, H1N1, Kids

Just the flu?

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I told you all yesterday that I was taking my daughter to the doctor because she had flu like symptoms.  The doctor did a once over and decided that she just had something viral, a cold if you will.  Take some Tylenol and you should be feeling better. 

That was good news I suppose but I’m a skeptic.  I kept her home today so she could get some more rest and stay away from the germs that were now infiltrating her school.  The text rumor mill was stating that 20+ kids were sent home yesterday so I felt justified.  She wasn’t pleased and wanted to go to school, not for the education mind you …it’s purely social.  So the text rumor mill began again, around 170 kids called in sick and over 100 were sent home.  I can’t back these figures up but the school district is sending a letter home today and it’s also posted on their website. 

Take it for what it’s worth but I’m going back to yesterdays question …how do they (doctors) know if it’s seasonal flu or swine flu if they aren’t testing?

*Edit to say that I called the school to ask if there was a communication being sent out about all the illness and they stated yes and directed me to their website since my daughter was home.  They also said this applied to the whole school district, not just the high school.  I wasn’t sure if I should post the school district but I might as well since it’s in the link, East Greenbush, NY.

Written by Kim

October 14, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Posted in Awareness, H1N1, Kids

Swine flu???

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If any of you have followed my earlier blog then you would know how obsessed I was about the bird flu.  Now we have a new variety, swine flu.  I haven’t gotten too far gone about it since the bird flu was a big flop but now there’s sickness about.  I’m taking my daughter to the doctor today to, hopefully, rule out the flu. 

From what I have heard the seasonal flu hasn’t reached us yet so anyone with the “flu” most likely have swine flu.  I should refer to it by its proper name, H1N1.  So here’s what I’m wondering …are the doctors actually testing and sending specimens out to the CDC or are they going on the assumption that the seasonal flu isn’t here so it must be H1N1. ?  I guess I’ll find out when I get to the doctor’s office. 

Oh and …I’m coughing, sneezing, have a stuffy nose and body aches too.  This is what I get for teaching my kids to share.

Written by Kim

October 13, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Posted in Awareness, H1N1, Health, Kids

Jaliek’s Law

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NYS Mandatory Post-Adoption Oversight for Hard-to-Place Children

“Jaliek’s Law”

Please click here to read the proposed for “Jaliek’s Law” and sign the petition.


Written by Kim

March 13, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Prayer Request for Brave Will

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We have another child who needs your prayers tonight.  Brave Will is just over 3 months old and has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, AT/RT.  This is a very aggressive cancer that is highly untreatable.  He’s the cutest little guy!  Please pray for him to pull through.

You can visit his site here.

Written by Kim

October 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Posted in Kids