Monday, May 4, 2009

Swine Flu

Okay if you are really worried about getting this flu and you are taking it extremely seriously, don't read this post. I understand the threat and don't mean to downplay it in any way. I just have to tell you about my morning!

My two-year-old has a respiratory cough and a high fever. I feel so bad for him. He is miserable. I was worried he might be getting pneumonia because his cough was getting pretty wet. So I tried to get him in to the pediatrician-no appointments! I instead take him to prompt care. There are these big signs outside the awaiting room about HINI Flu. If you have these symptoms (the first two being cough and fever) then you must wear a mask. I thought, okay, it's good to take precautions. However, we haven't been around anyone who is sick or anyone who has been to Mexico recently. So, the chances of my two-year-old having it are slim.

You should have seen this waiting room! I mean people everywhere were wearing these blue masks. I about turned around and left. I eventually got to check in. Of course, my son refused to put on the mask so I took him outside. We waited, and waited and waited. Finally, we get called back and then wait for another 1/2 an hour inside those tiny rooms. My son is about to go nuts at this point. The doctor walks in, checks his throat, chest and ears and sends us home empty handed.

Now I hate the swine flu. I hate it because it's hurting people. I hate it because it makes people freak out about a little cold! I hate it because I am sick of hearing about it. I hate it because it makes waiting to see a doctor ridiculously long.

In conclusion, I spent 2 hours, 36 minutes and 5 seconds at the doctor's office today with a 2 year old. Can anyone relate?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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