H1N1 is here, or so we believe. Some awful germ has swept through Griff's class. On Monday the 19th, ten kids were out sick in his class alone, thirty in the whole first grade. Goodness knows what the school total was. Dan and I felt like we could do nothing but break out the hand sanitizer (we're not usually big germaphobes), pack vitamins into everybody, make chicken soup, and wait.
Griff was acting cranky on Friday the 23rd but had a normal temperature and no real symptoms to speak of, so I sent him to school. After school I hustled all three kids to the doc for the seasonal flu vaccine (mist). With two kids who have gotten pneumonia, a physician father, and a mother with a tendency to get wiped out for a month at a time by post-illness sinus infections, you bet we think the cost-benefit analysis is in favor of the vaccine. We had planned on the H1N1 vaccine but our pediatrician didn't have it yet. None available for me or Dan. Munford mass-vaxxed kids but I'm not a fan of sending my kid off to school to get a shot. So anyway, doc's office, Friday afternoon, Griff totally melts down and hides behind a chair because there's a new nurse. WTF? Far from the easy time we had last year, I pretty much had to pin everybody down. Nice.
Then one hour exactly after the doc's office, Griff spikes a 102 fever. Too soon and too high for a vax reaction. Crap, the kid has swine flu. Cancel all plans for the weekend.
Dan was sick by Sunday. Xander started coughing Monday. Reese and I started the decline on Tuesday. (Same day: Griff went back to school fever-free for 48 hours, then ran a temp and looked like death and the nurse called me to pick him up. Ugh.) So by Wednesday I have three kids that can't go to school or playdates. I can't even take them with a clear conscience to the grocery store.
I think that was the day that we had a pirate ship in the living room and Xander did yoga while doodling with a pen held in his mouth. The rest is pretty much a blur. I had some ideas about taking a tour through a bunch of drive-throughs (car wash, lunch, donuts...) but by then Xander's cough was sounding bad so the only place we went in a stretch of 5 days was back to the doc's office. (He's sick, but no pneumonia. Yet.) He tested positive for Influenza A, which is pretty much the same as saying he has H1N1, according to the CDC stats (100% of subtypeable Flu A reported was H1N1). Since we all had the same progression and similar symptoms, I think it's safe to say that the swine flu got us.
Looks like there will be no birthday parties or other get-togethers for us. The doc OK-ed anybody who is feeling well (Dan, Griff, Reese) to go trick-or-treating but all other weekend plans are a wash. Nothing where we might be in direct contact with other people. :( Here's hoping we get healthy soon!