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- Dec 4, '09 by indigo girlQuote from TLH TerryI hear you. Our most frequent flyer (over 80 ED visits/year) was discharged from our unit (psych), and only 2 days later ended up in ICU where she died of complications of H1N1. It was quick and overwhelming.I work in a very small rural hospital in Illinois. As far as I know we've had no cases of H1N1 except one. We did have a 40 something obese male with a hx of resp. problems. He was admitted with Asthma exacerbation. He was a frequent flyer, and actually looked better than usual on this admission. Less than 36 hrs later he was in the ICU, on a ventilator, too critical to fly out. He was stabilized and flown to a larger hospital where he died. The other hospital tested for H1N1 and he was positive. We are a very small hospital, don't routinely see many critical young pts. I have been a nurse for 15 yrs and have NEVER seen someone young go down that fast.
- Dec 7, '09 by indigo girlSt. Paul, Minnesota
He survived despite cytokine storm possibly because they had access to the new drug, Peramivir.
Quote from www.startribune.com(hat tip pfi/pixie)Kim Lange's son was still coherent when the doctor said it was time to put him on a ventilator. He was as stoic as he could be -- a 23-year-old who had never been sick. But the look of terror in his eyes as he looked up from the hospital bed tore her heart.
"He said, 'Worst- case scenario, huh, Mom?' '' Lange recalled. "And I fell apart.''
On Monday he went to the doctor, who told him he had pneumonia and sent him home with pills. On Tuesday, when his temperature hit 104 degrees, his mom took him to the emergency room, where he got intravenous fluids and more pills. On Wednesday he went back to the doctor, who called an ambulance to take him from the clinic in Forest Lake to United Hospital in St. Paul. An ambulance? Kim Lange was shocked.Last edit by indigo girl on Dec 7, '09
- Dec 8, '09 by indigo girlDeKalb County, Illinois
Quote from www.suburbanchicagonews.com(hat tip pfi/aurora)On Oct. 18, Donald Franklin Dyer, 16 years old, student at Sandwich High School, became the first person in DeKalb County infected with the H1N1 virus to die. But before he did, he spent 58 days in the hospital, hooked up to machines that helped him breathe and taking medications to help him fight off pneumonia.
"He told us there was nothing more he could do," Michael said. "He had never once said that before. I always had a feeling Donald would get through this, but when he said that, I knew."
Donald Dyer died later that day, just a few days after his 16th birthday. The DeKalb County Health Department, while not confirming Dyer's identity, said there were no underlying conditions in his death, which was related to an H1N1 infection.Last edit by indigo girl on Dec 8, '09
- Dec 8, '09 by indigo girlBraceville Township, Ohio
Quote from www.vindy.com(hat tip pfi/Ree)“He just said, ‘I’m not feeling very well,’” she remembers. Three days later, he had a fever of 103 and went to a doctor, who advised him to take Motrin and Tylenol and rest.
She never dreamed that her husband would die from H1N1.
“He didn’t smoke. He was healthy,” she said. “My husband was 44 years old. I didn’t think he had anything to worry about.”
- Dec 10, '09 by indigo girlDayton, Ohio
Lots of healthy men in the prime of life dying now. Not just kids anymore ...
Quote from www.daytondailynews.com(hat tip pfi/aurora)On Sunday, Oct. 25, the 38-year-old Preble County sheriff’s captain staggered into the living room complaining that he couldn’t breathe.
“Do you want me to call a squad?” she asked.
He nodded, she said, “But I think he knew he was going to die.” Thornsberry was flown to Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was diagnosed with viral and bacterial pneumonia and the H1N1 virus — after four negative tests for the swine flu.
It seemed unreal that her husband of 17 years — who seemed afflicted by nothing worse than a bad cold — could be near death.
“Here he’s a big, strong, healthy man, 38 years old, lying there helpless,” she recalled.
Thornsberry died Nov. 6...
- Dec 11, '09 by indigo girlJuneau, Alaska
Quote from www.adn.com(hat tip pfi/pixie)A 19-year-old woman from Haines who was living in Juneau had swine flu when she died Nov. 21, the state Department of Health and Social Services reported today.
She had not been hospitalized.
The cause of death has not been determined, said department spokesman Greg Wilkinson. There is no evidence that she had any chronic health conditions, he said.
- Dec 11, '09 by indigo girlSan Juan County, New Mexico
Quote from www.krqe.com(hat tip pfi/aurora)Nearly 1,000 New Mexicans have been admitted to hospitals this year for treatment related to the H1N1 flu, according to the New Mexico Department of Health which recorded one flu-related death during the last week.
The man who died was 50 and did not have any underlying medical conditions that might have contributed to the death. Swine flu has now been cited in 43 deaths in the state this year.
- Dec 12, '09 by NRSKarenRNposted: fri, dec. 11, 2009
[color=#320e00]fit, but dead of swine flu
by don sapatkin
inquirer staff writer
laura brewster, healthy and fit at 56, ran, swam, and played tennis. two weeks ago, she returned to glenside from a dream vacation in china. less than a week later, she was dead of swine flu.
kevin hirsch, 26, almost never missed a day of work at a mcdonald's restaurant in northeast philadelphia. "he didn't have a runny nose, a cold, or a fever in 15 years," said his father, mickey, who disconnected his son's life support on nov. 18 after nearly 15 agonizing days in the icu....
less sickness may mean less interest in vaccine, and that worries mickey hirsch. in the three weeks since kevin's death, he has turned grief into action.
the single father of three had a powerful bond with his preternaturally happy eldest son, who had a constellation of cognitive deficits, from severe learning disabilities to an inability to think abstractly, since infancy. "he didn't understand history, didn't understand god, but he understood sports," hirsch said, "and he had a ph.d. in public transportation."
now the independent contractor is on a whirlwind campaign for vaccination, tacking more than 100 homemade posters around his welsh road-willets road neighborhood, and purposefully corresponding with thousands of people on the "prayers for kevin hirsch" facebook page set up during his son's illness.
for those who are uncertain, he offers support, personally escorting dozens to get vaccinated at the city health center on cottman avenue.
and for those who loudly question the worth or safety of vaccines, he is blunt: "they should be thankful that their parents didn't feel the same way when it came time to get the polio vaccine. otherwise you would be on crutches or in wheelchairs."
stanton segal, medical director of aria health and an attending physician at its torresdale campus, where kevin hirsch died, is less strident. "it is a good illustration of how important it is to get vaccinated," he said. "this was a pretty healthy young guy."...
- Dec 16, '09 by indigo girlOmaha, Nebraska
Quote from www.action3news.com(hat tip pfi/homebody)The H1N1 virus nearly killed a young Omaha dad. Doug Jorgensen is just 29-years-old and has no pre-existing medical conditions, yet he was struck down hard by Swine Flu.
Doug, a healthy young man, was just driving along and his heart stopped beating. Doctors said Doug's body was filled with infection from H1N1 and double pneumonia. They told his family to say their goodbyes. "I stroked Doug's arm and I looked into his eyes and all I said was I love you son. I thought this is probably the last time I'm going to see Doug alive ."
His family calls it a miracle, Doug is still with them today. It's been very long road to recovery and the journey is far from over. Today, we visited Doug at Quality Living, Inc., the rehab center where he now lives. He's painting a frame to give to his little girl. But the truth is Doug can't remember her birth just a year ago. The swine flu wiped out Doug's memory. It's also forced him to relearn how to walk again.
- Dec 16, '09 by indigo girlFargo, North Dakota
Quote from www.parkrapidsenterprise.com(hat tip pfi/monotreme)
Keith Worthington is lying in a pediatric intensive-care unit bed, breathing with the aid of a machine and battling for his life.
The diagnosis turned out to be swine flu, the H1N1 virus, compounded by pneumonia and a bacterial infection. His lungs filled with fluids and suffered damage.
Another complication: The strain of bacteria is resistant to antibiotics. His condition is critical and unstable.
Although autistic, Keith had no underlying health conditions, such as asthma, before the flu struck. That meant he wasn’t in the
first group to be targeted for the vaccine, which was unavailable before he got sick, his mother said.
Now, however, he has a lot of healing to do. His doctors aren’t certain whether damage to his lungs is permanent. It has been difficult to wean him from the ventilator, Sam-Agudu said.