December 18, 2014

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H1N1 is back for round 3

I have been lucky to avoid the potentially deadly virus, but others haven't been so fortunate.

I talked to one mother, Cathy Briscoe-Graves, who lost her daughter, Martha Graves, to the terrible virus in March, 2010.  Cathy told me that she and her daughter both came down with the disease at the same time. Cathy says she started to improve, but Martha only got worse. That's when Cathy decided to take her daughter to Parkwest Medical Center. Upon arrival, they told her she had pneumonia and her prognosis didn't look very good. Martha fought for 5 days in the hospital, in addition to the 4 days at home. When Martha passed away, Cathy says her daughter's x-rays were worse than the day she brought her to the hospital. The drugs weren't doing a thing. Ultimately, doctors say Martha may have contracted the pneumonia from coughing and getting stomach acids in her esophagus which spilled into the lungs causing pneumonia. I asked Cathy if she would have done anything differently what it would have been. She said if you or your loved one is sick with flu-like symptoms and have a fever and are coughing, take them to the hospital immediately. Also, if you haven't received your swine flu shot, make sure you go and get one. It could save your life. 

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