Friday, July 10, 2009

H1N1?? Me??




As you all know, I just returned from Bangkok. The person I was sitting next to on the plane has just been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. OMG!!! What's the chances? Damn. And I've JUST had my appendix removed 2 weeks ago!! Do I have some neon sign that says "Take me to a hospital right now?" WTF?? So here's what I've done. I voluntarily went to a hospital middle of the night last night to get myself tested for it but they couldn't test me because I was normal and displayed no symptoms of H1N1 BUT because I've been exposed to it, I've been QUARANTINED for a week at home *troubled sigh* and can only do the throat swob test if I display some symptoms. If I show no signs in 7 days, I'm perfectly ok.




In case you're wondering, these are the symptoms of H1N1 according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

- Fever
- Cough
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Body aches, joint pains
- Headache, chills and fatigue
- in some cases, diarrhea and vomiting

The virus typically spreads from coughs and sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the nose or mouth so keep washing your hands regularly coz the virus can stay on an object or surface for 2 to 8 hours!



Well, here's the worrying thing! I woke up this morning and checked my temperature. It was 37 on the dot (that shd be ok) BUT I suddenly had an itchy throat and the smallest sniffle which I could've got because the air con was too cold (so I'm telling myself) but I had enough symptoms to warrant a throat swab so I went back to the hospital for it. Gee, this guy was dressed for outer space or what? ;)


H1N1 has a higher risk of severity (according to World Health Organisation and CDC) for children, the elderly (over 65 yrs old) and for those who are pregnant, have asthma or diabetes.


Well, I'm not a kid or over 65. I don't have diabetes or asthma so there's no reason why I would die from this. I've just taken the swob test and I won't know till tomorrow if I have the H1N1 virus. I REALLY hope I don't have it but it's seriously not looking good. Will let you know once I know, nightey *sigh*

34 comments:

freddy boy said...

you look cute in your mask! no worries, most ppls take tamaflu and their fine..sux that u sat next to someone who had it and u just had surg too :( keep being positive and it will all workout!

Adrian said...

Gosh, I hope you'll be fine. When u're quarantined at home, what abt those staying with you?

Adrian said...

Btw, how did u know the person next to you was H1N1 positive? did someone contact you?

KwOnG FeI said...

hope the test will be negative and you are freed from this h1n1

Jojo Struys said...

thanks so much Freddy. Ur absolutely right. Tamiflu is meant to be super effective so I shd be fine, yup, yup! Trust you to know. Ur a male nurse! Big hug

kennysia said...

Hey Jojo,

If you confirm kena swine flu, please pass some onto me so I can get 7-day sick leave with full pay. Woohoo!

Jojo Struys said...

as a rule of thumb, if ur sitting in an aeroplane, 3 seats front, 3 seats back and 3 seats beside are all defined as "contact" and yes, I was called up by the health authorities...

mynjayz said...

No worries JOJO u'll be fine. passed by do u remember me ? hurmm.

haha kenny is always funnyy larhh.

freddy boy said...

scratch the idea.. "Swine flu resistant to the antiviral drug Tamiflu"

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear you've another medical set-back. First your appendix, now this! How dreadful. I did LOL when I read the sentence about your "neon" sign...great to see you've got your humour in tact! Be well, and keep taking that TamiFlu.
Julia Jackson

Anonymous said...

Keep us updated Jo-Jo, you're doing a great public service by sharing this information with everyone to be on the alert and vigilent! Thank you, and take care. Your fans and friends in the "Sunshine State!!"

sicKo^ said...

i've been on home quarantine b4 due to HIN1 and it turn out to be nothing.. Anyway do take care & keep us updated.. I'm sure all of us would like to see that u're okay.. we'll pray for that :)

Hayley said...

i wonder when will these viruses 'disappear'?? it really freak us out!
anyway hope that u'll be alright..
take care jojo!

TOLANIC said...

Quarantine at home? Come, High 5! =)

Don’t worry. You won’t die because of this because you always practice a healthy lifestyle. I’ve bet one day people will find the cure. Btw, take care ya!

maro^gal said...

hope you will be alright..
just treat the 7 days as a holiday...enjoy it..haha

Igniz said...

whoa..this one i really don't know what to say..

but i really hope that you are not infected by the virus. it saddened me enough to 'see' u on the operation table a few weeks ago. i'm not planning to 'see' u sick again. :(

i hope everything's gonna be alright for u, Jojo. you're strong. :)

Husen said...

positive correlation severity vs obesity. jojo got no worries (statistically) :)

following bloomberg article,
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601124&sid=aM.7Dg3Z_msI

Greta Georges said...

Jo Jo Struys. How come? Really hope that the virus did not get you at all and the loved ones around you too. Take care of yourself babes and stocks of Tamilflu are moving fast but certainly hope that you dont have to go through another bout of attack. Much love and sending all my ukulele good vibrations. Will play a healing tune for you.

panda said...

i'm sure u're doing juz fine... :)

my colleagues all thot i was having H1N1 too coz i had been working from home for the longest time. so it was kinda insulting when i came into the office, every1 had their mask on.. =______='

and i only work from home coz i usually work nights...and it's not coz i was quarantined... :(

Tekkaus said...

Wow! Tough luck huh Jojo! You have just been discharged from hospital because of appendix problems and now you are "house-ridden" aka quaratined at home?

But at least you get to experience it right? :p

Anyway I believe you'll be fine.

kenwooi.com said...

woots you're safe!
but wow.. the person beside you got H1n1... scaryyy!!! =D

kenwooi.com

Patricia said...

hey take care jojo! i'll pray for you :)

<3

Amanda Christine Wong said...

what are the chances sitting next to a diagnosed H1N1 person?!

Simon Seow said...

Hope it's just a false alert. Take care ;)

Viya said...

you are still pretty with the mask... :)

quarantine means no need to work lo\
kekeke

Yatz said...

get well soon jojo..

P/S - check your gmail please..i've sent you a mail..kthxbai

DemonD said...

wow,,,,what a bad situation it is,,,,hope there is nothing happen to you,,,

CWKen said...

I hope ur ok, jojo!

Joshu@law said...

Hope you get well soon ya, Jojo! ^^

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Jojo Struys said...

Freddy boy, the only masks I'd want on my face are either made of mud or honey and oatmeal for hydration! ;)

KY said...

thanks god ur H1N1 quarantine is over and i 'm happy to see u without the mask.X cute lah.

ahlost said...

Get well soon ya Jojo ;)

pilocarpine said...

ya.. get well soon..

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