Post # 1
In June 2009 I was on a trip to Cabo during the ‘height’ of what was considered the big initial H1N1 scare. This was before the technology came out to scan you for the illness. On the final day of the trip, during which I felt basically fine 90% of the day, I became VIOLENTLY ill in the mid afternoon. By the end of our dinner during which I could not eat, I was (excuse the TMI) getting up from the table in a beautiful restaurant to vomit every ten minutes or so. I cabbed back to the hotel while everyone else wen tout and spent a total of about 16 hours sick as can be. I felt better by comparison but no where near good the following day – we flew home and I proceeded to stay in bed for another two days doing nothing.
I suppose it could have been an allergy but again, seems like an odd reaction. In addition to the stomach sickness, I had a fever, I was weak to the point of hardly having the energy to walk, and part of the time I simply laid on the tile floor in our hotel because getting back in bed was too much effort. I’ve actually never thought it was H1N1, not even when it happened. No one else got sick so I ruled out the food/water in Mexico issue since we all ate in the same places.
While waiting for my popcorn (teehee!) to finish in the microwave, I read some silly flyer in our office about the differences between cold. flu and H1N1. I had all of the markers for it but most particularly, the onset says it is 3-6 hours – which would explain why I was able to get dressed up and head to dinner and be on my face within hours.
Any doctor / nurse types have comment? Is there any type of testing that would show after the fact if I had it?
Post # 3
Despite all the fearmongering H1N1 is just another strain of influenza. Every year thousands of people die from “the flu” but there is no widespread fear beacuse they are mostly old people with pre-existing health problems.
Unfortunately with H1N1 there were a higher percentage of deaths involving children and healthy young people. This is because H1N1 is closely related to Influenza A. The thought process is that older people likely had partial immunity to H1N1 beacause they either had Influena A already or had previously been vaccinated for Influenza A.
You may have had H1N1 as you had the fever and fatigue, but you don’t mention other typical flu symptoms-sore throat, sore eyes, body aches. We did see some vomiting with H1N1 that is not usually a symptom of influenza, but that was seen mostly in children.
You may also have had gastroenteritis- much more common in Mexico.
You can be tested for H1N1 antibodies to see if you had it but overall it would be a waste of money as influenza virus mutates very rapidly and we may not see exactly the same strain again.
Post # 4
Ah, okay. I’m not worried or even that concerned – more curious after I read that flyer. I didn’t realize that with gastroenteritis there was a possibily of rapid onset – that actually makes much more sense given the fact that I was in Mexico. Just odd that no one else in our group of 9 got it but me.
Post # 5
I don’t really think this was H1N1. Mr.Bobby and I had what sounds like the same thing you did. We went to the hospital and they tested us for pretty much everything and we didn’t have h1n1. He was sick first and then about a day and a half later I was sick. I blame it on lack of sleep/food because I was so worried about getting to him(he was four hours away).
Post # 6
Second to everything julies1949 posted.. well said! Exactly what I was drafting in my head while reading the OP..