H1N1 can be life threatening

I hope I am not giving the impression that I am anti-doctor. I’m not. I recognize that there are many dedicated and hard-working medical professionals out there and I would specifically like to thank them.

I have been following this blog for over a year and I feel like she is a close friend even though I don’t even know her real name.

About a month ago, her son contracted H1N1 and needed everything modern medicine could give him. Even so it was touch and go. He’s out of real danger now, but he’s still hospitalized.

Attila The Mom’s blog

ATM if you want me to remove this post, just let me know

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3 Responses to “H1N1 can be life threatening”

  1. flutruth Says:

    I just found out that a friend of a friend of mine has died of sepsis complications of the flu. Right here in the Bay Area.

  2. Attila the Mom Says:

    No worries, thanks for asking.

    Our experience is just a personal story. I’m not trying to be an advocate for or against vaccines. I found out yesterday that the last 2 young people of the 10 who were originally in our doctors’ practice and on vents due to H1N1 have been released from the ICU—either to rehab centers or acute care facilities, as was our son. Last we heard, one of the 10 had a stroke, and another was paralyzed.

    I also found out yesterday—much to my sorrow—that a woman who I don’t know personally, but was a member of a group I worked with last summer, went to her father’s funeral, and was in the ICU 3 days later. Much like my son, she was in a medical coma and on a ventilator with complications from H1N1 for almost a month. They tried to bring her out of it, and she passed away a couple of days ago.

    Oh but for the grace of God….

    There is no rhyme or reason to it. There is no celestial or governmental tally to predict who will be struck down. Some people get it, and have mild cold symptoms. Others, like my son—who are in good physical health—end up in septic shock and respiratory failure. In my opinion, that’s what makes this very frightening. Like us, there are millions of people who think that this would never happen to them.

    So to those who think that these effects are “rare”—the chances of winning the lottery are pretty slim.

    But somebody DOES win. Or loses.

    We are so very blessed that our son has survived. Even though he faces months of rehabilitative therapy, he’s alive.

    Thanks for calling attention to it, no matter what your opinion of the cause.

  3. flutruth Says:

    Thanks, ATM for giving me permission to share your story. I am so glad your son is through the worst and is getting better.

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