Guys I am super upset right now. I am supposed to have surgery this week on Tuesday. My mother-in-law, who lives with me, just tested positive for flu in the ER and is being admitted for 1-3 days.

She has had a terrible bronchial cough for over a month, and it worked it’s way through me, my husband and our kid. Obviously, I am concerned about my MIL. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am freaking out right now. I had a little cough/tickle in my lungs this morning, which was weird, but I just thought it was residual from before. Now I am like do the 3 of us need to get tested for flu? Does my mother-in-law need to go and stay with my brother in law once she is discharged from the hospital? Because how can I be home recovering from surgery with a lady in my house who has flu? Are we going to have to cancel surgery? What would you all do? I am so mad because every time something important goes on in our lives (usually our anniversary or when I am on a work trip) she ends up in the ER. Not her fault - it’s just how it always happens. Thanks for listening.

24 Answers

culpepper_cassy
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Are you already taking all your vitamins? My partner and son had the flu but I managed to stay good. All those Bariatric vitamins I’m thinking.

r.terrie
Answered 6 months ago    reply

They just came in the mail today and I just started taking them.

culpepper_cassy
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Terrie oh bummer. My program had us start 6 months in advance, so I’ve been taking them (regular before surgery, Bariatric after) since June 2016.....had surgery 4-10-17. Good luck! I’ll keep my fingers crossed


Maddie.C
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I would definitely get tested now!


scherer.danny4
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I got hit with the Influenza A flu, and it hit my wife and 3 kids. It only took a day to start hitting everyone. If you have been exposed you should avoid surgery

r.terrie
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Thank you for the input. I hope you are all feeling better. I will make appts to get us all tested first thing monday

Debrah_Bergen
Answered 6 months ago    reply

“Took out”?

scherer.danny4
Answered 6 months ago    reply

It was awful for about 10-12 days. We were each fine for the first couple of days just coughing, then it slammed us with fevers over 102°. My son ended the horrible streak with 104.4 temperature. Tamiflu helped him but we were not supposed to be around people, pneumonia is a massive risk of the flu. If you have surgery your immune system will be going crazy trying to heal and you will be more susceptible to getting sick and will have a harder time fighting it off. I hope your tests prove negative. And if your MIL is elderly take good care of her because it is very serious.

scherer.danny4
Answered 6 months ago    reply

"Took out" was the wrong wording.


D_Raney
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Call your doctor and get the answers you need. Prayers from here. Good luck.


BeldenJoann97
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Good luck


Sam.Stoker43
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Tamiflu?


laws_slight
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I had a pretty bad sinus infection the week before my surgery. My surgeon recommended that I get seen by my PCP so I could be cleared. If you can swing it, I would go ahead and get checked out just to ease your mind. Plus, Tamiflu has to be taken within 48 hours of symptoms so I’d close in on that time window!


Debrah_Bergen
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I’m praying your immune system will keep the bugs away


Roxana_Kennedy
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Go to your doctor, asap let them swab you. Even if it is negative, you have had direct contact with the infected. We have been prescribing tamiflu and zithromax. Start right now with fluids, Gatorade, powerade, water. Lots of it. If possible I would definitely have her stay with your brother. Wash your hands a lot. Grab a face mask for her from the hospital. Influenza is airborne also. Good luck.


kacey.tennyson
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Adding Apple Cider Vinegar to my bath water has always kept me from getting sick


Kisnercalm
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Oh I feel your pain! I had my surgery on Thursday - came home on Friday and my son threw up all over me. I am praying his stomach bug germs stay away!!


Charli.frazzled
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I had a light fever and a very light cold when I had my gallbladder out. Didn’t say anything to the doctors about it. The surgery went well but the first days after was terrible! My cold got worse and having a terrible cough and sneezing a lot is NOT a nice thing to experience when you have cuts and stitches in your stomach. It hurt so bad!


flagg.67
Answered 6 months ago    reply

See if they can give you tamiflu as a precautionary rx. I was planning a trip out of country and my son got the flu. They gave me tamiflu to help not get it while on my trip. Ask your dr. Since you do not want any interactions.


Caprice_92
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I currently have bronchitis and did a chest x Ray that confirmed that. My surgery was set for jan 16th and is now cancelled because I have had the worst cough for about a month now as well. I don’t have another date as of yet but was told February sometime after I am better.


Carola.85
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Talk to your doctor that's what he is there for, he will tell u what to do, the right thing to do


M.Shellie
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I have had congestion for the last 3-4 weeks. I have sinusitis, asthma and allergies and the weather didn’t help. They asked me several questions when I checked in Friday morning and continued with my surgery since I didn’t have a fever. When I woke up they had issues with my oxygen, but they quickly got everything under control...


SachaGage
Answered 6 months ago    reply

i believe it depends on what that doc is comfy with


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