Virginia teen suffers rare illness...

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Virginia teen suffers rare illness...
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Thu, 11-12-2009 - 3:51am

Boy diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but CDC says no clear link

Jordan McFarland, 14, was hospitalized for five days after coming down with Guillain-Barre syndrome hours after receiving a vaccination for H1N1.

By JoNel Aleccia
Health writer
Nov. 11, 2009

A 14-year-old Virginia boy is weak and struggling to walk after coming down with a reported case of Guillain-Barre syndrome within hours after receiving the H1N1 vaccine for swine flu.

Jordan McFarland, a high school athlete from Alexandria, Va., left Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Tuesday night in a wheelchair nearly a week after developing severe headaches, muscle spasms and weakness in his legs following a swine flu shot. He will likely need the assistance of a walker for four to six weeks, plus extensive physical therapy.

“The doctor said I’ll recover fully, but it’s going to take some time,” the teenager said.

Jordan is among the first people in the nation to report developing the potentially life-threatening muscle disorder after receiving the H1N1 vaccine this fall. His alarming reaction was submitted via msnbc.com’s reader reporting tool, First Person, by his stepmother, Arlene Connin.

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Sun, 11-22-2009 - 8:18pm

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I'm still waiting to hear how these patient's hearts failed them when they had no other comorbidities and no sepsis ..

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Kids can all have these things .. in fact, MANY kids have all of the above nowadays (maybe, minus the smoking). To my credit -- you did not specify pediatric or adult cases in the OP.

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You are correct, I am. Please provide the PROOF otherwise. FYI .. I do vaccinate my son. I'd like evidence (other than your anecdotal evidence) that H1N1 is capable of stopping one's heart without any other comorbidities or coinfection.

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Having not had the vaccine isn't really enough for me, personally. I'd like to know their health histories in full. What if I were to vaccinate my infant son who has never eaten eggs, and he had an anaphylactic reaction and died? THEN is it worth the risk of my perfectly healthy infant who rarely leaves home or has close interaction with strangers? Nope. DH and I have both (we believe) had H1N1, weathered it at home, in close contact with our son, who never displayed anything more than a runny nose. I'm honestly not worried about H1N1




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Registered: 06-16-2009
Sun, 11-22-2009 - 8:40pm

The vaccine is not 100% but they sure would not have gotten it as bad as they did.


Do you have any evidence to back up this assertion?


sent home just as the young hockey player who DIED in Canada was. He was dead within a day of that happening.


There has been speculation within the medical community that it was not H1N1 that caused Evan Frustaglio's death but rather undiagnosed meningitis.


http://www.cjad.com/node/1014382


The H1N1 death that caused a ripple of anxiety in much of Quebec...may not be due to the flu

Sat, 2009-10-31 12:35.

Angelica Montgomery

Quebec's chieff public health officer says a young teenager who died in Ontario earlier this week may not have been killed by H1N1.


Evan Frustaglio did test positive for H1N1, but Doctor Alain Poirier says the fact that his health

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Registered: 10-03-2009
Sun, 11-22-2009 - 11:17pm

>>> In all of the case secnarios I am referring to they had been taken to their own doctors without any help. <<<

Forgive me, I'm just a mom, so I'm a little slow with some of this medical stuff.

The three cases you mention, they'd all see their family doctors / peds wrt the flu symptoms their child was displaying?

And all of them were sent home from the drs?

Do you know what the doctors instructions were to them? What medicines they were prescribed?

I am very curious to see if, perhaps, the kids symptoms could have been masked by taking prescribed medicines and thus they were unable to be treated properly until it was too late.

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Sun, 11-22-2009 - 11:46pm

All of them were confirmed H1N1.


by what means? lab? rapid test? visual diagnosis?


The treatment protocol was the same with both of them which was none.


So now there are only 2 cases? So there was no fever reducers given, no antibiotics for secondary infections, no tamiflu?


How many deaths does it take for all of you to wake up and smell the coffee that these flus are not MILD by any means.


The CDC has stated a number of times that this is a mild strain in the majority of individuals with a small minority of people experiencing complications.

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Sun, 11-22-2009 - 11:58pm

Melissa, you may remember us mentioning "Dexter" in some old posts?

Meet Dexter.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 12:10am

How many deaths before people realize that the H1N1 vaccine is not safe, and has not been tested for safety? Already 5 in Sweden, several in Germany and at least two in Canada have died within hours or a couple of days after the vaccine. And that's without me looking for them. I can't imagine how many I'll find when I actually do start looking. We don't use squalene, maybe that's why we've not seen a lot here...or maybe the media is being paid well through this *pandemic*, who knows.

BTW, it was pretty mild when my family got it. It was so mild that my 5 yr old begged to play outside. My 10 yr old wanted to do his regular activities like soccer and tennis. Pretty Mild I would say!

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 12:13am


"that would have been prevented had they had a simple vaccination."

Yep, just like the lady who died from H1N1 just after getting her shot.

Was it the H1N1 or the shot that killed her?

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 12:23am
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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 6:25am

>>You don't see how I thought you were calling me a liar when you just made this statement again. Hmmmm.....<<

You're absolutely reading into it for the sake of argument. Trust me. If she thought you were a 'liar' she would say it. Once again...I'd know lol.

I also doubt the validity of your statement regarding death from the flu with no complications. Will you be accusing me of calling you a 'liar' aswell?

>>What sort of healthcare professional are you, please identify! I'm curious to what extent I can pick your brain<<

*shuts eyes to shield from the blast*

>>I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist working in the ICUs with the physicians and so I read their notes carefully before I treat a patient so that is how I know all these details.<<

I bet you're that woman from the circ boards that claimed she knew the exact details of infant circ because she is an OT.

Tell me. Do you have 4 sons?

>>Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, smoking, etc? THESE ARE KIDS FOR GOD"S SAKE and no none were diabetic and obese.<<

You contradicted yourself.

>>See there you go again basically accusing me that I do not know what I am talking about<<

Nooooo? She's saying she doesn't believe that statement. And not just because you said it, although I'll start questioning what you say since you refuse to accept opinions that differ from yours.

>>Hmmmm, pretty thought provoking. <<

Nah. I've already brought about all these "what if's". They could ask you if you could live with yourself if your child experienced a fatal side effect from a vaccine?

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Registered: 08-09-2009
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 6:32am

>>You have NO idea how fast this can take a turn for the worse overnight or in a matter of hours.<<

I'm sorry, do I know you? Because I know for a fact that you don't know me. How do you know what I know?

>>you all don't have first hand exepierence so I guess that makes you guys more expertised then I do who sees it first hand every day in the hospital setting.<<

Once again...how do you know I don't have first hand experience? How do you know I haven't had the swine flu? You say you're an OT. Unless you're the DOCTOR or NURSE treating these patients suffering from the illness, you can't claim professional knowledge. An OT does NOT diagnose and treat the flu. Yes, you may help with the after effects, but I'll go with a DOCTOR'S or NURSE'S expertise. Sorry.

P.S. "expertised" isn't a word.

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