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Cake, Meng C and Swine Flu.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

So I'm pretty sure now that cake is unfortunately NOT a cure for what ails me... But I will continue to try for a couple more days!!

We have (again) had quite an eventful week here emoticon

On Monday - after handing in my essay successfully and enjoying being in classes again - I fell ill with some sort of flu. I went into my room at around 3.30pm after studying all afternoon and fell asleep. For 21 hours! That is some serious sleep right there. emoticon

I had a fever, muscle aches like I have never had from ST, horrible headache, queasy stomach and this extreme need to sleep. In the first 48 hours I slept a total of 36 hours out of 48. WHOA. You would think I would go to the doctor right? Wrong I don't usually think about the doctor. It wasn't until my son came down with the same thing Thursday morning that my Dad called and said "Don't you think you should go see a doctor?" that I even considered it!!

Long story short - within 2 hours we were in the pediatric ward of the hospital after being through the doctor and the emergency ward. Apparently while I had been sleeping a 50 yr old male had tragically died in CHCH hospital of Meningoccal C - a rare blood disease. JAck had a suspect rash on his upper arms and chest so there we were - admitted to hospital - Jack (paranoid at the best of times) freaking out, feeling miserable and me (still feeling pretty a$$) perched on a plastic chair next to Jack's bed both with those ridiculous facemasks on feeling like lepers.

Jack had to get naked in front of 4 female doctors!! He is 13 so this was not particularly fun for him. We both had blood taken and swabs from all over and sent home (still admitted, just stay away from us!!). H1N1 is the next suspect and they would rather have us at home awaiting results than infecting people. Fair enough.

We are now on day 4 quarantine and are CLIMBING THE WALLS. We don't have much food left so I made do - and made cake. Mandarin Orange Cake. To use up the excess mandarins sitting in the fruit bowl, and alleviate my boredom and cabin fever. Unfortunately, with one taste of my creation I and my brain, in our infinite wisdom, decided we had found a cure for Swine Flu emoticon

Mandarin Orange Cake with Cream Cheese Icing emoticon

It doesn't work. I have faithfully taken MOCCCI (as I like to call it) 2x daily for the last two days and I am still sick. Just a little fatter emoticon

Just in case sweet calorie laden desserts are the ticket I have now created a Traditional Raspberry Trifle. Will this work? Please advise.


On a more serious note one of my beautiful kitty's has also got sick at the same time. He has stopped eating, drinking and hasn't moved in almost two days. I am SO WORRIED!! We are not allowed to go to the vet (I called and checked) until we have our results and/or after 10 days have passed. I have been giving him water through a syringe but he is totally uninterested in food. This is COMPLETELY uncharacteristic (his affectionate nickname is Fatty) for our baby.

IS it at all possible that if we do have swine flu that he could have caught it off us??
Does anyone know anything we can do to make him feel better - I hate seeing him like this!!

So I will keep you posted on results but anything you can do to help entertain me and convince me that cake and trifle are not actually cures for what ails me please do not hesitate AND anyone who knows anything about what I can do to help my poor kitty is also welcome to give advice!!

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    Even being sick-- you are WAY too funny! I don't know how you did the essay feeling like that, you better get an A. I hope everyone feels better soon. Hugs from across the miles... emoticon emoticon
    3563 days ago
    I hope you, your son, and your kitty are feeling better soon! *hugshard*
    3567 days ago
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    Get plenty of rest and fluids and I hope you get back to feeling in tip-top shape soon! :)
    3568 days ago
    Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear this. Can a family member bring you food and take the cat? Sounds like a possibility, I mean it was called the "swine flu" maybe a cat can get it. As to your eating, I think I might suggest something else.... Glad you were inventive enough to make do though. Don't climb the walls concentrate on getting better. Keep us updated. emoticon
    3568 days ago
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    Oh no!!! Poor you, Jack, and kitty! I wish all three of you a speedy recovery. Feel better soon. :(
    3569 days ago
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    That sounds pretty ominous for all of you to be sick at the same time. Isn't there a lot of vitamen C in Mandarin oranges and raspberries? So you're covered in that category.
    I read some of the reports on h1n1 virus and yes, it has been seen in pets. So definitely get the kitty to the Vet.
    3569 days ago
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    Geez I'm very sorry to hear/read that. Hope you all get better soon!

    As for the cat issue, I agree it's best to consult a vet ASAP! I did some investigating on the Swine Flu when it broke and thought that animals were not subject to the strain of virus that threatened humans but those types of virus' are continually morphing so it isn't out o the question to think that it can be transferred to pets.
    3569 days ago
    Oh wow. Firstly, sorry you guys are sick and have to be lepers for 10 days. That sucks!

    Secondly, call the vet and ask their advice. They may ask you to get a family member to bring the cat in, since you can't. That cat doesn't sound well at all.

    My friend is a vet (or will be in 3 months) so I will also tell her the cats symptoms and see if she has a suggestion!
    3569 days ago
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