Well, they are treating my 10 yr old. Tamiflu x 5 days. She started Wed. night with a sore throat, progressed to fevers averaging 102, headache, body aches, productive cough, stuffed up, intermittent nausea. She's sick, poor baby. Went in to see her MD today,no swab (that's only for hospitalized pts I guess). But taking into account all her symptoms, the fact that it's July, AND that babygirl had her annual flu shot, MD is figuring H1N1. Worried, but I'm confident she'll be OK. I just keep reminding myself that it has for the most part been a mild illness.
So here's my question for you guys-(no, no medical advice!)-do I go into work? I'm not sick (YET, but knowing me it's only a matter of time), but I know the virus can shed a couple days before symptoms start, and I work on a tele/vent stepdown unit, so the pts are VERY high risk, and I'd feel TERRIBLE if I pass it on unknowingly. CDC guidelines (for regular employees, not HCW) say if you have a sick family member, but you aren't sick, go in anyway, just monitor for S/S. Does that apply in my situation? I'm supposed to work tomorrow..My husband would be here with kiddo, so she'd be fine, but...to be honest, I kinda don't want to leave her (even though he is perfectly capable of caring for her) What would you guys do?