This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member forulot who was on the scene.
Living with swine flu
Current status: A 20 yr old with swine flue, living with 2 adults 3 children, aged 5wks and a 11yrs old.
I guess it started when her cousin caught it and decided she felt better and went clubbing after 5 days.
Our daughter (the mother of the baby)soon had sore throat to begin with ,then the next day aching joint and fatigue all the symptoms causing us to contact the help line and low and behold she ticked all the boxes and was put on Tamiflue tablets.
They give you a reference number which then takes you into a strange new world,
The collection point at a council office where you had to bring identification of the patient and the person who was collecting the tablets.
There was four other people waiting. After 20 minutes of us being in the same room this soon became eight
It became busy as they follow a procedure of identification checks and collection of the tablets.
One gentleman that came to pick up the Tami Flu for someone was turned away, as he had no identification for the person that was sick with the swine flu.
Advise was given as there was concern about the 5 week old baby this was given by a medical assistant that was called by the person dispensing the tablets.
Once at the counter the advice give was to let the patient take a Tami Flu tablet straight away and after that two taken twice a day for 5 days, finish the course even if the patients feels better.
So that's the advice now all we have to do is get used to her being in one room with us sleeping down stairs so that out other daughter can get a goodnight sleep in our room.
we communicate with her by the phone text and only one of us goes in the room, we both have taken the time off work as its holidays so luckyit was something we would have done.
I have heard stories of people leaving food outside the doors of those sick and even moving out because of the fear of catching it.
Always watching out for the signs asking ourselves "whats going to happen next"?
Never since the days of NBCD training in the military have I been so concerned about how this situation is being dealt with by the government and in them days it was the fallout from atomic bomb explosion that concerned us.