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    She's home now - weak, tired, but rash free, fever free (she had one straight for 12 days), breathing, and alive. Thank ________ (luck, fate, God, Goddess, the universe - whatever you want to fill it in with).

    So hug your babies and your adult babies extra hard next time you see them, wash your hands, and quickly run away from sick people!
    No luck, fate, God, Goddess, the universe filling in for me here, I would thank my amazing strong, assertive, intelligent, fighter of a mum who fought for me tooth and nail and did not accept the medical opinion.

    I wish you all lots of peaceful healing time now. And I think your son would probably prefer to be elsewhere than at home during that, so don't feel guilty about sending him away.

    I read an article yesterday that there is a new coronavirus they are concerned about in China, but I could not really get the gist of why they were so concerned about it in the article. Maybe the rate/ease that it is spreading at. I am not sure if or even if they know if it has spread out of China yet. Actually, just did a Google and apparently they have identified a US patient. So there are lots of nasty things around out there. I got a horrible but rapidly over one recently, assume I caught it on the flight back home from our holiday. It is hard to avoid them. Maybe all the Chinese that wander round with masks on are not so silly as they look. Not suggesting we all wear masks, lol, but I always think when I see them that it is over the top, but maybe if I had lived in their highly populated situations with rapidly spreading viruses and air pollution, I would be more wary.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    She's home now - weak, tired, but rash free, fever free (she had one straight for 12 days), breathing, and alive. Thank ________ (luck, fate, God, Goddess, the universe - whatever you want to fill it in with).

    That is, by far, the most afraid I have ever been. To have your perfectly healthy, extremely active child just get bulldozed by something out of the blue - It makes me feel sick. I think it's going take awhile to come down from the level of anxiety I was at. I shipped my DS to my mom when the first pneumonia diagnosis came in, so 1/12, he's coming home today and I'm so excited to see him (also part of my anxiety is that I have this whole other kiddo I've had to ignore a bit - so mom guilt).

    The working theory at discharge (which was yesterday) was that she had one or more additional viruses on top of the pneumonia, because that type of pneumonia does not usually make people so sick. She didn't test positive to the flu, but they mentioned that maybe it was an emerging flu virus.

    So hug your babies and your adult babies extra hard next time you see them, wash your hands, and quickly run away from sick people!
    Oh no! I'm glad she's doing better, but I can imagine how scared you must have been. How did she feel (emotionally) about it? Or too wiped out to care?

    I DO hug my "babies" when I see them, even though one of them is now 6'2". Life is too short to not show love.
    Carol

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    No luck, fate, God, Goddess, the universe filling in for me here, I would thank my amazing strong, assertive, intelligent, fighter of a mum who fought for me tooth and nail and did not accept the medical opinion.

    I wish you all lots of peaceful healing time now. And I think your son would probably prefer to be elsewhere than at home during that, so don't feel guilty about sending him away.

    I read an article yesterday that there is a new coronavirus they are concerned about in China, but I could not really get the gist of why they were so concerned about it in the article. Maybe the rate/ease that it is spreading at. I am not sure if or even if they know if it has spread out of China yet. Actually, just did a Google and apparently they have identified a US patient. So there are lots of nasty things around out there. I got a horrible but rapidly over one recently, assume I caught it on the flight back home from our holiday. It is hard to avoid them. Maybe all the Chinese that wander round with masks on are not so silly as they look. Not suggesting we all wear masks, lol, but I always think when I see them that it is over the top, but maybe if I had lived in their highly populated situations with rapidly spreading viruses and air pollution, I would be more wary.
    Thank you NZ <3.

    I just read that (re: coronavirus), right after I posted this. It's a nasty year for respiratory stuff here in US. The nurses / doctors were saying that they are also seeing a lot of RSV in adults, and seemed like the flu vaccine was 50/50 this year.

    At some point, I seem to recall reading, that the wearing of masks was effective in limiting the spread of illness (from infected to healthy), like cover your cough. But there were limited benefits, if any, offered to healthy individuals who also wore masks. Now I'm going to have to go research that. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    How did she feel (emotionally) about it? Or too wiped out to care?
    Honestly I think she was too sick to care for awhile there. Now she just feels tired and weak. She gets a little worried about swim, but I just try and stay positive. It's going to take her a chunk of time to get back to where she was - I'm not worried about it, but you know how time feels like eternity when you are little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post

    At some point, I seem to recall reading, that the wearing of masks was effective in limiting the spread of illness (from infected to healthy), like cover your cough. But there were limited benefits, if any, offered to healthy individuals who also wore masks. Now I'm going to have to go research that. . .
    Yes that sounds like something I have heard too.
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    I have never had an experience with a doctor like that, I was beside myself. I'm planning on filing a complaint on her - what happens if someone who has zero medical experience gets her?!
    One of my DD's cardiologists was very like that. Just this is the way it is, don't question me. Her original cardiologist said she should be followed up as an "older child" because they did not fully remove the extra membrane she had in her heart, and her condition is like 1 in a million births so it is not like anyone fully knows how it pans out over time. But this other cardiologist, was like nope, we have followed her for a number of years post-surgery (5 years with 3 checks in that time by cardiology), I am discharging her from cardiac care. Then her pediatrician went and discharged her from their yearly checkups as well even though we asked them not to. She is only 6 years old, that is not an "older child". What about all the growing tween/teen time, which I presume is when if her remaining membrane is restrictive we will see it. But no, that is what you get when you have a public healthcare system. It is fine most of the time if you just need general care or you are really ill. But then if you are borderline or just need monitoring, you are out. So now it is up to us and her general practitioner to monitor her. When neither of us could see she was unwell at all before her surgery even though she was really unwell (fluid build up in lungs etc.). The only way the pediatrician could tell was on the ECG and echo (which we won't have access to through the GP unless we get referred and accepted to pediatrics again). Then, once the pediatrician knew she had a heart issue from those tests, if she looked really carefully, she could see slight increased work for breathing around her rib area. But it was not detectable at all to us or the GP previously. Her heart murmur was inconsistent and not always there, and it has been heard on occasion since her surgery. But according to this cardiologist that discharged her, we will know if it affects her in future because she will get unusually out of breath. Yeah right.

    I did look at taking a certificate in patient advocacy when I lived in the USA, as a friend got really unwell and struggled with the medical system. Not sure what the job prospects are like, but maybe that would be something that would suit you in your post-homeschooling future
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    RTB, I was just thinking how fortunate your DD was to have you advocating for her! Im so relieved she is on the mend.
    Ooooh being a patient advocate could be so rewarding.... and stressful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    .... I swear we get a MD that is impersonating a doctor - she was awful - poo-poohs everything I say, says she thinks the pneumonia is the same size even though a Radiologist read the x-rays (!!!!), says "her weight is up 2 ounces - good sign" (which could be urine, her clothing - I just can't even with that MD). Finally after me insisting that she is not getting better, said "if you want you can go to ER for lab work" not "I recommend". Yes, I f**king want lady! I have never had an experience with a doctor like that, I was beside myself. I'm planning on filing a complaint on her - what happens if someone who has zero medical experience gets her?!
    Just curious. Are you going to approach her personally with what happened with your daughter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Just curious. Are you going to approach her personally with what happened with your daughter?
    No with the institution. She (MD) wasn't listening to me (or DD who was speaking up for herself halfway through the appointment) then, I doubt she'd listen to me now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
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    Me too.... but I don't miss trying to leave the Hollywood Bowl
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