Kitt...an unrelated question

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dencha
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   Posted 2/10/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have any information as to how long I can be contagious after having an illness. The one I have had is flu-like. I came down with a runny/stuffy nose and no other symptoms (Sunday), but the next day I was flat out with fever (101-102), headache, no appetite, dizzy, no sore throat, no real cough.

I've gradually improved daily, but had the fever for about 3 days. My doc put me on z-pac because of my tendency to have everything move to my lungs due to asthma. He's hoping we can be proactive...I almost always get a lung infection post anything respiratory.

I still have the nose symptoms.

Do you think it will be safe for me to start babysitting again on Monday? It's still a few days away. What's the common wisdom as to how long we're contagious after something like this?

Of course, I know to wash my hands continuously--I have always been a conscientious hand washer--the full 20 seconds, lathering everyone (I sing the happy birthday song to myself). As a teacher I had to be so careful...especially with my health issues.

I don't want to make our little one sick, but I do want to start helping out again.
I'd really appreciate your input.
Thanks so much!
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 2/10/2011 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise,
 
A couple of years ago the flu was rampant in the school system and student's parents were told not to send the student back to school until their fever was normal for 24 hours - that meant no increase in temp even at bedtime but ok in the morning.
 
There are studies available that show that a person in good health can be contagious one day prior to showing any type of symptoms and illness . A good rule of thumb for any physician is to have their patient avoid contact with others for a period of one week. In some strains of influenza, the time frame for one being contagious varies with the level of extremity of the illness.
 
I know how badly you want to babysit again.
 
There seems to be a 24 hours stomach flu out there too as my daughter had that and my granddaughter too.
 
Take care,
 
Hugs,
Kitt
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dencha
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   Posted 2/10/2011 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kitt.

It will be a full week when I go back to watching him on Monday, so from what you say, it should be okay. I know I'm setting myself up to catch things when I volunteer in my son's third grade classroom, but I do so enjoy it.

I've been thinking of you and your anxiety levels. It is so hard, but use all those great tools you have, and try to stay in the moment. You know you have friends here to support you, so ask for that support, and accept it!

Good luck with your appointment with the doctor tomorrow. It has been a long time in coming.

Thank you so much for your help. As always, you are a wealth of knowledge, and your kindness is unsurpassed.
Thank you for being my friend.

Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 2/10/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise,
 
Keep washing your hands and cover you cough !  smhair I have actually watched the kids cover their coughs pretty good.  The washing their hands can be a challenge for the little ones.
 
Thanks for the kind words.  The foot looks dark and dusky when in the dependent position now.  I may be thrown out of the clinic tomorrow for demanding something be done.
 
Hugs to you my friend.
 
Kitt
 
 
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dencha
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   Posted 2/10/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt,
You go girl! yeah yeah yeah Let us know how it goes.
((((Hugs))))
Denise
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