Swine Flu Has Made It's Way To Ascension Parish

Now that I have your attention…

let me encourage you to remain calm.

Ascension Parish School Board confirmed on Sunday that there was a confirmed case of Swine Flu in St. Amant. Do not be alarmed. The school has taken preventative measures in disinfecting the school, Lake Elementary. The student has been out of class and will remain out of class until OPH has deemed him safe to return.

Luckily this young person is doing well and I wish him a speedy recovery 🙂  Boy will he have a story for his class mates!

After hearing this, as a mother, my mind was working overtime. Two weeks before Easter my own daughter was out of school for a week. She missed three days of the I-Leap testing. This child has never missed a day of school except for some surgery when she was in Kindergarten. She is in the Third Grade now. The doctors told me it was the flu. I asked them to take a blood count because I was sure it was a sinus infection. (You didn’t know I had my M.D. did you?) Well, there was a little bacteria so they gave us antibiotics. This child has never been so sick, she ran 102.5+ for five days. She would get the chills and I would have to wrap her in a blanket and just hold her until she could warm up.  At one point she told me that it even hurt to cry.  It was heartbreaking to see her so sick. Looking back, I have to wonder. Did she have a strain of this nasty flu H1N1? We were very careful to disinfect around the house while she was sick. No one wanted what she had.  She is much better now and I guess we will never know what exactly she had.

There are a few things you can do to prevent the spread of this and many other illnesses.

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizers
  • Keep your hands away from your face
  • If you feel sick and/or have a fever, stay away from others

The CDC Center for Disease Control has a very infomative website.  You may want to check it out: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

This strain of flu is nasty.  Let’s don’t panic. Hopefully, with all of the awareness, we can help each other to remain safe. 

Wishing good health to you and your family!

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