Here in Idaho we used to have a 1-800 number that you could call to Ask-a-Nurse questions that you might have. Well, they did away with it, not sure why.
Anyway, I have decided that I shall become the new 1-800 number.
So here goes....
Do I have the flu?
Yes, you probably do. However, be sure to take tylenol and motrin and stay home. Drink plenty of fluid and don't go shopping. Stay home to prevent further spread of the infection. If you choose to come to the Emergency Room be sure to wear a mask. If you choose NOT to wear a mask and if you choose to cough and hack in the nurses face while she is trying to do an assessment on you, and you don't even make an attempt to cover your mouth with your hands because they were obviously broken by the bad naughty flu bug, plan on having a mask
How long will the flu last? And will Tamiflu help?
The flu will last probably 2 two weeks. If you take Tamiflu it will be shortened significantly to 14 days.
If I need an ambulance to come to my house, what is the number to 9-1-1?
9-1-1 (I have seriously had this phone call on more than one occasion)
OK, so that is all the time we have for this addition of Ask-A-Nurse. I hope you will stay tuned for upcoming episodes and be sure to submit your questions.