Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Congratulations, You’ve Got Viral Influenza!

Merry belated Christmas and Happy belated New Year to everyone. I would have posted something at the appropriate time, but our family got Viral Influenza for Christmas and I am just getting over it (today is my first day back to work since the day after Christmas).

We were most concerned about our 10-month old son, who sustained a fever, vomiting, and serious coughing for five days. The first doctor we saw misdiagnosed him with ear infections and bronchitis. When the prescribed antibiotic had no effect, a return visit and a blood test identified our illness as the Influenza virus. Influenza can be very serious for young children because it can develop into pneumonia fairly easily. And because it is a viral and not a bacterial infection, it is not easily treated. Fortunately he has been slowly, but surely recovering. His cough has improved, has only had a mild fever at night, and is not longer vomiting.

The other children in addition to the typical symptoms, also developed indigestion and mysterious, itchy hives all over their bodies that had to be treated with Benadryl—and not just for a day or two, but for more than a week.

As you can imagine it has been a miserable couple of weeks.

But we’re on the upswing and have been blessed in spite of our challenges.

When I went to the local store to buy more Benadryl, I was surprised by the sign posted there (I snapped the picture with my phone):

Due to Federal and State Regulations sales of any combination of products containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine is limited to 3.6 grams PSE per day per perchaser per transaction and limited to a maximum of 9-grams PSE per 30 day period. USA patriot Act - Title VII Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005

I have generally been dismissive of the Patriot Act fear-mongers, but the sign above really did make me think again about some of their warnings. Who knew that the Patriot Act had a clause restricting the sale of common over-the-counter medications? I suppose that it is to fight the production of illegal methanphetamines. That makes sense, but it was still weird to me that the restriction fell under the authority of the Patriot Act. (See my previous thoughts on the Patriot Act .)

Incidentally, if any of you have been in physical contact with any of our family during the last couple of weeks and start to feel sick, see a doctor immediately and tell her or him that you have been exposed to the Influenza virus. Ask them for Anti-viral medications. Also take Vitamin C, Zinc, and home-made Chicken Soup (not from a can or package) to help shorten the sickness period.

Welcome to 2008!

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One Response to Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Congratulations, You’ve Got Viral Influenza!

  1. I don’t have a problem with stores keeping the drugs with pseudoephedrine and other drugs used in the making of meth behind the pharmacy counter, but I do disagree with the requirement to show ID and the limit on qty’s that I can purchase in a 30-day period. A law-enforcement friend of mine pointed out that most meth is now manufactured in Mexico and very little is being made in the US. This is due in part to the new law, not because of the limits on PSE, but because the drugs are behind the counter and cannot be stolen by thieves. Most people who make meth don’t buy the PSE, but instead shoplift the drug. Hey, they are watching their bottom line!

    I was in Iowa for Christmas and was treated to my annual sinus infection. I finally hoisted the white flag last Friday and went to the Dr. He said I had a sinus infection and gave me a Z-pack. Still no flu…thankfully.

    Glad to hear you are all doing better.

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