Darci, the vast majority of people that come down with this flu are fine once the symptoms abate. It is true that seasonal flu in the northern hemisphere is mostly absent therefore, it is likely that if you have a type A flu, it is going to be swine flu. You felt miserable for a period of time as with any flu, and then you started feeling better. This is how it is for most. You then returned to a state of homeostasis but with valuable antibodies that will most likely protect you from a more serious re-ocurrence. I expect that your children will be fine as well. Your strain of flu appears to have been mild, and that is wonderful news.
Looking at many types of information about all kinds of influenza, I've been all over the internet, reading, and analyzing this data. There are many sites that are collecting the stories of this pandemic. It is an historic event, unfolding each day, and we are part of it. Each site looks at this info in different ways, and attempts to make some sense of it. An historian, or a scientist could reap the benefit of what is being noted about this pandemic. Some agency out there, likely is gathering info in this very way, via computer.
I have seen sites that track cases by locality, and deaths in the same way. Some track by age, and sex. Some track what the symptoms are, and what body systems are involved. All of this will help to determine how influenza attacks, what it does, and who is affected. At this time, I have not come across another site that specifically tracks the adverse outcome of pregnant cases, or false negative cases with fatal outcomes, or the cases of previously healthy people who died. I would however, guess that someone at WHO and CDC might be doing this.
We are all witnesses as well as actors in this event. Most of us will be fine, as you now are. There will be some small portion of people that will suffer severe outcomes. This is the nature of influenza, and of this particular virus. Looking at this data will be helpful in trying to determine why. Somewhere out there, someone is analyzing the viral isolates of some of these cases, and looking at that genetic material, asking why some of these people died, and it will be obvious by looking at that viral information. Knowing what specific part of the virus actually causes what manifests as Tamiflu resistance, or the ability to infect a mammal at the temperature of the human nose in winter, or allows the virus to be more transmissible is really mportant. Drugs will be developed someday because we know some of this. I would like to think that there are other therapies that may be helpful as well.
I feel for you as you worry about your kids. You are in the position of knowing what could happen, and what to look out for. You are more informed than the vast majority of the public because of your awareness. The down side is that knowing can cause some concern. But, it is still better than not knowing.
Reading the stories of some of the fatal cases, especially the earliest ones, it is easy to imagine that the outcomes might have been different if their families or their healthcare providers had more timely information about the interaction of pre-existing conditions such as pregnancy, obesity or asthma, and influenza infection with this particular virus. If the rapid flu tests were more reliable, and if the disease process was recognized as influenza early on, some of them might have survived. As clinicians gather and share information about what works when treating these cases, and what makes things worse, there is a better chance for the outcome of the future cases.
There will be some that insist that sharing this kind of information is overreacting and going to cause unnecessary concern. What I note however, is that most people won't even bother to read it or hear it about this. It certainly is not as much fun as reality TV is likely to be. Only a very few will be able to take this kind of info in because as we all know, unpleasant realities that happen to other people just are not not part of their daily lives. They cannot relate. But, we are all living on the same planet together with this virus. We are all going to be touched by it in some way. For most, it will be in a very minor way, and that is a very good thing.
Think of it this way. Lots of us drive cars. The more drivers there are, and the more frequently we drive, the likelihood of having an accident increases. We don't stop driving, but we do try to be more careful, and educate ourselves about how to be safe drivers. Maybe we even learn what to do in certain situations to minimize the damage. Most of us will have only minor injuries to ourselves and our autos. Sometimes, it is more serious, but still, most of us are going to be fine. We are still out there driving even after we hit a deer, and almost wrecked the car, a little more cautious perhaps but still in the game.
I will just say one thing more. Even though CDC and WHO and even our govt agencies involved in the US pandemic response are largely doing wonderful work, they sometimes have to be prodded to pay attention to inconvenient information. This helps keep them honest. There is some research that is being closely held. Even if we were not in the middle of a pandemic which is gathering speed as we move closer to the fall, this would be unethical.
I wish you the best. Your kids will most likely be fine because you were. Stop worrying.