Well Wendy, Oliver, and I caught H1N1 (for those of you who are following on Twitter this is redundant).  Oliver and Mark had been vaccinated and while Mark was fine, Oliver was not.  Wendy and I also got horrific secondary infections along with it which made us even sicker.  All I can say is that you need to go and get the vaccination as I can really understand how people die from it.  Wendy and I were in incredible pain, had trouble breathing, ran really, really high fevers and still days later are not feeling well.  After seeing my doctor, he said it was going to be a long time until I felt normal again.

Stop the Spread of H1N1 We aren’t sure who brought it home.  Wendy works with the public and I work in a homeless shelter which was asked to house homeless people who have H1N1.  While I don’t expect Safeway employees to get the vaccination first, I was a little disgusted that none of our staff were given the chance to get H1N1 vaccinations by the same health district that was sending people infected with the disease to us to be taken care of.  I know how big the Saskatoon Health Region is but you would have thought in some of the pandemic planning that is done, shelter provider staff would have been seen as a high risk people group to catch the disease.  It’s weird as these patients are refused services by hotels and motels and yet the expectations is that shelter staff will take care of them, despite the fact that most our housing is congregate housing in dorms.  On my to-do list is to figure out a way that the next time this happens, our shelter and other housing providers get a little more care and support.

It wasn’t a lot of fun being that sick.  Fevers of 105 get on my nerves quickly.  It also wasn’t fun seeing Wendy that sick and especially seeing Oliver get that sick again (it’s been a bad year for the little guy).  A couple of quick thanks though.  Mark was kept home so he didn’t infect the half of his school whose parents decided not to vaccinate their kids and he was a lot of help taking care of Oliver while Wendy and I were bed ridden.  Also as Wendy was tweeting some of our suffering to Twitter (and then to Facebook), we got a call from Brenda England who gave some wonderful advice and that was to get the Tamiflu as soon as possible.  Finally, Gloria phoned up and asked if she could bring by some food.  Wendy called her back and gave her a list.  I am not sure what she brought but there was fresh grapes on that list and on a day when I felt beyond horrible, those grapes tasted amazing.

3 thoughts on “H1N1”

  1. Well working in the health care industry – our clinic wasn’t even informed they were vaccinating health care workers. After several messages, finally going to the top of the food chain – we found out they were just planning on ‘dropping by’ one day and weren’t planning on calling to tell us (until they got a call from top of the food chain). Of course that would be the day that started two weeks of not all my staff being in. One of my favorite lines was ‘your manager is kept in the loop’. which made me raise an eyebrow and go really? Huh, because I AM THE MANAGER! There was a moment of silence….. It makes no sense to me. We are a community based clinic. Flu is a community acquired illness. Hence should we not vaccinate the community workers? Even just a wee bit of communication? Just saying is all.

    At any rate, I very much understand your frustrations, even being within the system we have the same frustration. And to this day, still struggling to get answers and information on how best to take care of our patients.

    And if you want to talk about the not great planning on vaccination – the Health CEO for our region was the first to receive the vaccination, which was photographed and put on the front page of the paper. He of course justified it by saying he is a ‘health care worker’. Really? I don’t think he’s ever been near a sick person. And the administration staff, board of directors and donors were also vaccinated before any actual ‘health care workers’.

    Glad to hear your all starting to feel better. From what I hear it does take a while to really get to a hundred percent, but hoping the worst is behind.

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