Well, it happened. I haven't been posting that much recently, and it's because I thought I had a killer case of bronchitis, due to being in school full time and working full time, and I just haven't had much energy. About 2 weeks ago, I wasn't feeling that good at work, and I took my temp hourly, thinking I had bronchitis (bronchitis doesn't make me spike a temp, usually). I knew I'd been exposed to H1N1 positive and strep positive kids during clinical, so I'm being over cautious and paying more attention to how I feel and taking my temp. So, in the middle of the night, my temp goes from normal to above 100, I dutifully tell the house supervisor, and go home with a script for tamiflu. At no time did I feel like I had the flu; it really just felt no different than a bad case of bronchitis, and my sniffles were easily attributed to the fact that I'm allergic to most of the stuff that goes on in the fall; in fact, I got grief from some of my lovely coworkers who seemed to think I wasn't that sick. I didn't feel all that horrible, but if I had a temp, I didn't want to be spreading anything if I did have something. After I got home, I felt bad for about a day, but since I'd never had tamiflu, I thought it was a mild reaction to that.
After about 12 hours, my fever snaps, and I go on back to class/clinicals after being fever free for 24 hours with a doctor's note; the doc agreed it was likely just bronchitis and a sinus infection to the point where he pulled his mask off during the exam. They did the "flu a/b" swab and it was negative, but they also did the H1N1 "just in case." I go off, thinking everyones gone hysterical, and feeling pretty stupid for going home when I "just" had bronchitis and a sinus infection..
Today I come home from class, and there are 3 messages from the MD's office to call immediately. Not a good sign. I call back and find out I was H1N1 positive. That's despite getting the regular flu AND the H1N1 vaccine. They wanted to know if I still felt under the weather. I'm in my late 40's, working full time, in school full time, of COURSE I have body aches and joint pain, it's not unusual for me to get bronchitis if I'm burning the candle at both ends during the height of my allergy season, and the slight sinus infection I had would explain the temp. If I hadn't been in health care where I was so worried about passing/spreading it, I'd have probably gone on to work, thinking I had nothing contagious. I still don't feel 100%, but I'm not expecting to until after the semester's over and I can catch up on my sleep.
So...I had the pig. Oink.