Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tamiflu Is Outta Here!

I am having a really tough time. I have become a paranoid, neurotic mess. I can not differentiate between what I should really be concerned about and what I should not. But this "problem" is so outside my nature, that it is freaking me out.

Besides the fact that I have been crying on and off for a seriously sick little boy of a friend, for who we all continue to cling to hope, I am also home with all my kids and trying to keep my sanity.

Yesterday, So woke from a nap and she was crying profusely. I asked her repeatedly what was wrong, and she just shrugged her shoulders. Besides this open ended question, I asked her specific questions as well.

Are you upset about something?

Is something hurting you?

Did you have a bad dream?

Does it have to do with anyone in your family?


She only cried harder and was inconsolable.

I did not know what to do for her. This was unlike her. There are times, where I have to pull teeth to get an answer, but she always has one eventually.

I even asked her if she could take a paper and marker and draw out her feelings and what was bothering her. (Oh yeah, I am so forward thinking that way, my minor in Psychology.)

But she could not, yesterday.

Eventually the crying passed and we went on with our day.

Cut to today...

After a hectic morning with the kids, partly in the house (rain), and then after a mile + walk to a 7-11 for slurpies and a visit with Bobbie (Grandma), So took another nap.

And guess what

She woke up crying, inconsolable and could not explain to me what was bothering her.

Now all mothers reading this understand when I say, as Mothers - WE KNOW our kids, and this was not like So.

It immediately concerned me the second day in a row. I thought to myself, what is different lately? And it immediately came to me.


I have never given my kids Tamiflu. My kids have hardly needed antibiotics to tell you the truth. I have not really given them more than Tylenol and Motrin. I hate drugs. I hate most vaccines. And I realized, I don't even know much about Tamiflu.

So I went to read the pamphlet, and here is what I found...

Neuropsychiatric Events:

There have been postmarketing reports (mostly from Japan) of delirium and abnormal behavior leading to injury, and in some cases resulting in fatal outcomes, in patients with influenza who were receiving Tamiflu...

Now that I had this information, I decided to direct my question to So a bit differently.

"So, are you crying because you saw anything odd, or something is confusing you?"

To which she replied,

"Mommy, I saw all these things on my bed, like my Fiona doll, and clock and box and tissues and they were really big and I was really small and I was trying to kick them all off my bed..."

"Were they actually on your bed So?"

"Only the Fiona doll was."

And then she drew me a picture of a small child in bed with really large objects floating over her head.

So of course, I freaked out. I started googling "strange behavior on Tamiflu" and found things that scared the bejeezers out of me.

I called the Doctor's office... and long story short... ALL MY KIDS ARE COMING OFF THE TAMIFLU WHICH I JUST PAID $150.00 FOR.

I will not link what I found, but if you care to search, by all means...

Here is to drug free, tragedy free, good health for everyone.

9 have shown Orah a little love:

Anonymous said...

My kids have never ever taken Tamiflu "I C Dead People" and after reading about So's experience, they probably never will. Could u get a refund??
Its been a rough week for u, no doubt, but your a real trooper.

- Miss S.

elisha said...

yikes! we're all on the drug because 2 of my kids actually have the virus! so far no strange behavior though, thank G-d. said...

oh goodness!

That is darn scary! Thankfully you thought it through and figured it out.

Be well children, be well.

Hang in there mommy.

Prayer for all.


Shira said...

Wow that is so creepy. But, glad to know I'm not the only one who googles everything that concerns me, thus leading to even more concern and anxiety attacks. Anyway, we should only hear good news.

adinab said...

ok...we must talk tomorrow because rami is currently taking it too!!! you have officially freaked me out!!!

Heidi @ Tayterjaq's Rebels said...

I hope So is ok and none of the others are feeling poorly/oddly. We haven't tried that medicine and now probably won't. That would be rather freaky...almost like a night terror except during the day.

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Oh my! Thank goodness you figured out what was going on so they can get off that med. That is insane! Did the doc say anything...seem concerned, apologetic?

Here is hoping for a good weekend for you and the fam...

Rayli said...

so scary! my mom told me that my sister had a crazy reaction to the lice shampoo when she was 10. she suddenly started talking backwards and rolling her eyes back. crazy stuff. glad they are off the meds.

Brie said...

frightening! of course, I am googling that right now and it's really creepy stuff. I also hate vaccinations and antibiotics and I like to give the smallest amount of any of those things and only when necessary. I actually really appreciated the heads up about tamilfu- the drug that the media is marketing as a miracle cure to the flu. I hope everyone has a refuah shlaima and RMK especially, is in all of our tefillot.