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08 January 2014 @ 01:19 am
First update of the new year  
So...I wish this update was filled with good news, although I guess it starts out with good news.

Good news-

My grandma turned 70 this past Sunday and, as a surprise, the whole family flew down on New Year's Eve. And was my grandma surprised when she saw her son, his wife, and his two sons (who haven't been around the family in years), and her daughter walk through our front door when she thought they were all in Seattle. And then she was even more surprised when she realized everyone was here for her birthday.

And then as a super secret gift, my mom had me go around and film on my phone from when my grandparents flew in (which was Christmas) to my grandma's birthday (which was this past Sunday). And then I went and made a little short film that we screened Sunday night- and that I made copies of for everyone on DVD.




My cousins left late Sunday night and my grandparents left Monday morning. And my uncle and his wife were supposed to leave Tuesday. Key word- supposed.

Bad news-

My aunt had been sick since Thursday, but none of us thought anything of it since she tends to cry wolf for attention. So, to make sure nothing major was happening, my mom took her to a little clinic Monday morning. And that's when shit hit the fan.

What was originally just something my aunt caused herself (long story, so here's the cliffnotes- she takes meds she shouldn't, is depressed, does nothing but nap all day, stays up all night, and eats shit she shouldn't...so she's not in the greatest of health) turned into pneumonia. And then she was hospitalized Monday night.

At 11:30pm Monday night, my mom got a call saying her sister was being transferred to ICU- she had deteriorated at a rapid pace since my mom and her brother had left at 9:00pm.

Tuesday morning, my aunt went into an induced coma and put on a ventilator because she had gone downhill so much overnight and was having trouble breathing on her own. That's when my uncle cancelled his and his wife's flight out.

Turns out, my aunt has H1N1- and it's killed 7 people in Houston since December. And, we were all just informed that because of our contact with my aunt before she was hospitalized we are all infected with H1N1 as well.

So tomorrow (or rather, later today), everyone (excluding my uncle's wife who already got her shot) is getting the flu shot. And we're all now taking 1000mg of vitamin C per day. Which is all fine and dandy but now we're all freaking out because 1- my aunt's condition and the fact that we don't know for sure what's happening and 2- me, my brother, and my uncle all have coughs and I have a sore throat- which are symptoms of H1N1. Now that could be all coincidence but...it's still scary considering.

What a way to bring in 2014, huh?
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Flippancy provided byil_mio_capitano on January 8th, 2014 07:54 am (UTC)
Scary about your aunt and the possible infection to you all. Wishing you all the best.
the_huffster: Band Candythe_huffster on January 8th, 2014 08:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. The doctor said we should be fine as soon as we get our shot- we may still get it, but it won't be that bad. As for my aunt, well we have to basically wear hazmat suits when we visit her and all that.

And I have a big phobia of hospitals that I was barely there for five minutes before I nearly ran out of the building and had my mom take me home.

But...my brother's optimistic (he spent most of the day there), so I'm hoping she'll be fine.
lynnyloulynnylou on January 10th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your aunt. Hopefully you just getting a cold and not the flu. *hugs*
the_huffsterthe_huffster on January 10th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
Whatever is making me sick is taking its sweet ass time. But, I got my flu shot so let's hope that that will help somehow.

And as for my aunt, it's day by day but she's had two good days in a row, my brother told me this morning that she'll be off the ventilator and on the CPAP- which breathes a certain percentage for her while her lungs do the rest.
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