Last Friday my husband came back from his work informing two of his colleagues were confirmed with H1N1. I was babbling to mr husband and why didn’t his office enforced quarantine measures to all staff working on the same floor. He mentioned something like that his colleagues were away on a long MC before the verdict came out.
Well, on Saturday he complained that he was not feeling well…well I thought it was his normal cycle. You see his work demanded long working hours, when he has date lines he’ll return home around 3-ish in the morning :(. When your body work overstretched, your immune system will be down…and he’ll be having his normal fever, sore throats and head ache. So I thought it was that la…relax jela kan..haha.
On Sunday morning, he complained again…saying he is having all the H1 N1 sympthoms…but later on he was fine only with head-ache.
On Monday morning he went to Klinik Izham to check whether he got the H1N1…he was later referred to Damai Specialist and they did the nose swab. (mr hubby told me it was painful…keluar la jugak air mata tahan sakit)…and was confirmed with Influenza A & B. Whaattt both?
My first question was… What is influenza A & B.
So here are the definitions that I GOOGLED…from Wikipedia
|Classification and external resources|
TEM of negatively stained influenza virions, magnified approximately 100,000 times
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses), that affects birds and mammals. The most common symptoms of the disease are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. Although it is often confused with other influenza-like illnesses, especially the common cold, influenza is a more severe disease than the common cold and is caused by a different type of virus. Influenza may produce nausea and vomiting, particularly in children, but these symptoms are more common in the unrelated gastroenteritis, which is sometimes, inaccurately, referred to as “stomach flu.” Approximately 33% of persons with influenza are asymptomatic.
On the other side of the spectrum, flu can occasionally lead to pneumonia, either direct viral pneumonia or secondary bacterial pneumonia, even for persons who are usually very healthy. In particular it is a warning sign if a child (or presumably an adult) seems to be getting better and then relapses with a high fever as this relapse may be bacterial pneumonia. Another warning sign is if the person starts to have trouble breathing. A 2009 New England Journal of Medicine article stated that it is difficult to tell bacterial from viral pneumonia and recommended that patients with influenza who show signs of pneumonia be treated with both antivirals and antibiotics.
Typically, influenza is transmitted through the air by coughs or sneezes, creating aerosols containing the virus. Influenza can also be transmitted by direct contact with bird droppings or nasal secretions, or through contact with contaminated surfaces. Airborne aerosols have been thought to cause most infections, although which means of transmission is most important is not absolutely clear. Influenza viruses can be inactivated by sunlight, disinfectants and detergents. As the virus can be inactivated by soap, frequent hand washing reduces the risk of infection.
Influenza spreads around the world in seasonal epidemics, resulting in the deaths of between &10000000000250000000000250,000 and &10000000000500000000000500,000 people every year, up to millions in some pandemic years. On average 41,400 people died each year in the United States between 1979 and 2001 from influenza. In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States changed the way it reports the 30 year estimates for deaths. Now they are reported as a range from a low of about 3,300 deaths to a high of 49,000 per year.
Three influenza pandemics occurred in the 20th century and killed tens of millions of people, with each of these pandemics being caused by the appearance of a new strain of the virus in humans. Often, these new strains appear when an existing flu virus spreads to humans from other animal species, or when an existing human strain picks up new genes from a virus that usually infects birds or pigs. An avian strain named H5N1 raised the concern of a new influenza pandemic, after it emerged in Asia in the 1990s, but it has not evolved to a form that spreads easily between people. In April 2009 a novel flu strain evolved that combined genes from human, pig, and bird flu, initially dubbed “swine flu” and also known as influenza A/H1N1, emerged in Mexico, the United States, and several other nations. The World Health Organization officially declared the outbreak to be a pandemic on 11 June 2009 (see 2009 flu pandemic). The WHO’s declaration of a pandemic level 6 was an indication of spread, not severity, the strain actually having a lower mortality rate than common flu outbreaks.
Vaccinations against influenza are usually made available to people in developed countries. Farmed poultry is often vaccinated to avoid decimation of the flocks. The most common human vaccine is the trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) that contains purified and inactivated antigens against three viral strains. Typically, this vaccine includes material from two influenza A virus subtypes and one influenza B virus strain. The TIV carries no risk of transmitting the disease, and it has very low reactivity. A vaccine formulated for one year may be ineffective in the following year, since the influenza virus evolves rapidly, and new strains quickly replace the older ones. Antiviral drugs such as the neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir (Tamiflu) have been used to treat influenza; however, their effectiveness is difficult to determine due to much of the data remaining unpublished.
Well, that is on Influenza, how about the difference between A, B and C? U click HERE
When I told my team at my office, I think I’ve scared all of them. Insisting for me to informed my HR and I did la,coz to prove that if it is serious for surely I’d be quarantine as well. True enough my HR informed Risk Management department and they told me that there is no need to be quarantined due to the latest medicine discovery to heal this. They only required me and those sitting near my department at level 9 (about 20) to be screened every morning by taking each of their temperature. Harhar….habiskan menyusahkan semua hehe!!
Well, I was trying to handle this news calmly but as I returned home from work that day, Mr hubby did look weak and was wearing his mask. He was ordered by the doctor to sleep and eat separately from the family. Me takutlah kalau-kalau betul H1N1, he was playing games and watching TV like normal aaa..hmmmph. I forced him to call for his best buddies who are doctors…and one even advice him to just play it cool. It could just be a normal FLU! Patutla doc kat Damai tu pun mcm selamba je according to mr Hubby, no urgency at all! He was given 5 days MC to rest at home and currently on OMIFLU. Not TAMIFLU…tamiflu is to treat H1N1 ok people.
Kesian though, he stayed put in our 1st class ward – master bedroom. Luckily he had just installed our 2nd Astro decoder in our room. Macam tau-tau je nak kena quarantined kan?? :p
Luckily I had recently cook and freeze 4 type of gulai that Sunday, so he can just reheat all home-cooked food with rice. His glass, plates and utensils were all wash separately (my friend yg kena H1N1 advised on this precaution measures). Our Wawa’s IKEA bed tray is really useful..everyday when I’m home I’ll serve him his lunch , tea and dinner. Ayooo break the rules…no eating in the bedroom!
Me, and the kids sleep at Wawa’s room, nasib baik ada aircond kalau tak mau bebudak ni nangis tak lena tidur malam 🙂 Bercampinglah kami semua…wawa keep going into our room. “kenapa tak boleh tidur dengan papa?” “papa pakai masak”..fuhh dahla dia tengah selsema. Every morning I had sent the kids to my inlaws house nearby. Just to separate them from their father during his quarantine time. I’ll pick them up after work and we stayed downstairs or play in Wawa’s room.
I took the kids to the see the normal MD and Shanaliza Paeditrician. She advised us to monitor the kids temperature. If it hits 38 celsius in 2 days consecutively, I have to bring them straight to the hospital…with the basis of my husband was confirmed with Influenza A & B. Mintak jauh though…oh yes the first thing that crossed my mind masa mr husband told me he was confirmed with IT, my heart goes out to Aqib then Wawa. Risau yang amat….but alhamdulillah..we are much more calm now. Maybe it is just a normal FLU…if you look at him now infront of me in his mask watching TV. He said he feels fine today.
Tomorrow is his checkup, hopefully he can be declared as free of the Influenza. Fuhh 5 hari duduk dalam rumah, macam mana tuh!
Well, let’s pray that my husband will recover soon…and our life be back like normal. AMIN.
Till the results…