Have you had the swine flu?

Have you thought you or a family member might have a bad case of swine flu? Perhaps you didn’t know whether you should go to the emergency room or call your doctor for an urgent office visit. There have been some mixed messages on when to seek professional care for swine flu. We want to hear from readers impacted by the swine flu epidemic.

Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

AJC Reporter Craig Schneider would like to hear your story. Craig can be reached at 404-526-5463, or at cschneider@ajc.com.

11 comments Add your comment

Sharon

November 20th, 2009
12:56 pm

My challenge was finding someone to do a flu test! For something that is supposed to be such a big concern, it’s actually not that easy to get a diagnosis. My daughhter showed classic symptoms we’ve been told to look for – sore throat, cough, fatigue etc. so I called her doctor to ask for a flu test as it was still early in her symptoms – I was told to try an ER – I called the ER and was told they also don’t do a flu test. I had to call around to find an urgent care that would do the test! How do you control it of you can’t diagnose it??? Rather than worry about distributing the vaccine, worry about distributing the flu test!!!

kelly&carriefan

November 20th, 2009
1:14 pm

Last week, I woke up feeling completely terrible. So I called my doctor’s office where they ran through the checklist. Due to my asthma I had to go in, otherwise they were going to just calling a prescription. At the office, they did a swab where I tested positive for Type A. Since I’d had a (standard) flu shot a month prior, I was told I “probably” had swine flu. I was also told that they are not running actual tests (i.e,. sending to state lab) unless you are hospitalized and they draw blood.

I sought medical care the next day of symptoms. After being on Tamiflu, various asthma meds including steroids, and an antibiotic (to prevent pneumonia), I started feeling better within a day or so.

My advice, if you have insurance and a good doctor, don’t hesitate to use them. It’s that simple.

The American People

November 20th, 2009
2:12 pm

No, no I haven’t. Has anybody seen this commercial with the young boy and he says something like “Next week I am going to break my leg and then my parents are going to lose their house because they don’t have healthcare?” B.S. What a disgrace for using a young kid to put their propaganda lies out there for the idiots to believe. Change we can believe in.

David S

November 21st, 2009
5:15 pm

Why does this site not allow postings to this page?

David S

November 21st, 2009
5:26 pm

Funny, every time I try to post any links to sites that offer real health education or alternative viewpoints on the swine flu propaganda scam, they don’t get posted. I wonder why that is?

Exposer

November 21st, 2009
5:28 pm

Doesn’t seem to be working for me either.

Exposer

November 21st, 2009
5:33 pm

Read the name backwords and go to that site.

moc.alocrem or moc.swenlarutan

Atlanta Native

November 21st, 2009
7:08 pm

I am told I have it. I had Type B vaccine. I was out 3+ days. Had flu test, told had Type A most likely H1N1. Got Tamiflu @ Walgreens. Highest temp 102.0. Glad I made it thru!

Mom

November 21st, 2009
11:41 pm

My daughter had diagnosis of h1n1 in Sept. With Tamiflu was back 2 school in 3 days. Negative flu test 2 weeks ago. Symptoms exactly the same…except higher temp. 104 everyday for 6 days! Now she has pneumonia…hasn’t been back to school for 2 weeks! I am thankful for the Thanksgiving break to get her caught up…and hopefully back to school after!

mitzymy

November 22nd, 2009
2:12 pm

I was sick for 2 weeks, one in bed at home, and the other at work. I had a bad cold that had symptoms of the flu, but I didn’t go to the doctor, or the ER. I just used my old home remedies , and within 3 days of the initial outbreak, I started to feel better. My home remedy was, Nyquil, hot lemon tea with honey, lots of water and juices, and plenty of rest. It worked. My fever left, the congestion in my chest went away, the aches and pain left, and I was good to go.

Nora

November 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

Two months ago my usually healthy 26 year old nephew came down with the flu – classic flu symptoms of fever, aches, chills, fever, cough, etc. After a trip to the emergency room on a weekend he was put on antibiotics. He continued to worsen and by Tuesday he was blue around the lips and disoriented. He was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for pneumonia for two weeks before he lost his life. The doctors suspected swine flu and tested for it several times. Although the tests were negative, the doctors still could not definitively say whether H1N1 caused his initial flu. Because of the severity of the disease and the course it took, they still feel that it is a possibility. However he is not included in official H1N1 death statistics. But either way, we have lost him in the prime of his life to a flu virus of some sort that turned into pneumonia.