Well my son and I were diagnosed with Pertussis on Monday.
Yes, pertussis as in whooping cough. We get innoculated as babies, and get boosters as teens.
DID YOU KNOW ADULTS ARE SUPPOSED TO GET BOOSTERS EVERY 10 YEARS???
I knew about getting tetnus boosters. But didn't realize we were supposed to get the DPT shot every ten years. (DPT=ditheria, pertussis, tetnus)
There is an outbreak happening across the US right now. Huge numbers. This can be fatal to babies and elderly. And even tho not usually fatal to those 15-45, you still are still sicker than a dog and coughing for upwards of 3+ months.
If you haven't had a DPT shot in the last ten years - CALL YOUR DOCTOR TODAY and go get one!
Apparently this year more than any other in the past is posing a huge risk. (I think because most of us don't know that we need these shots as adults!)
If i can keep even one of you from getting this crap, then this post is worth it!!
If any of you are already coughing - go get checked!!
they put the whole family on prophylactic antibiotics. Bailey and I are under "house arrest" for 5 days, until we finish the Z pack. Now here's something interesting... the Zithromax doesn't help you feel better and kill the infection - it does however kill the contagen! And when I asked how soon we would start feeling better, do you know what the guy from the CDC said?
"Well.. it's not called the 100 day cough for nothing..."
I about cried. :(
I am so tired of coughing :( My whole body hurts from coughing. And i'm almost at the 5 week mark. 35 days. And they say it can go to 100???
Holy crap. I don't know how long I'll make it before I have a total emotional feel sorry for myself breakdown (which I have a tendancy to do after being sick for a while)
Keeping my chin up as far as I can in the meantime!
pleeeaaassee go get your boosters!!