May 29, 2009

“Can we do quarantine again sometime?”: the Swine Flu diaries

I’ve just gotten off the phone with DHS. My husband and I, as well as our three children, will all need to start a course of Tamiflu. Tonight. We will be under house arrest until Sunday, says Clare Wright.

DAY ONE: Wednesday

I am at work when I get a call from my husband asking me whether I’ve heard the news. I haven’t. He tells me two children in Clifton Hill have tested positive for swine flu. The boys are friends of ours. They are unwell, but nothing too dramatic. What’s more alarming, the boys, their two other siblings and their parents attended our joint 40th birthday party on Saturday night. So did 150 other people. We have to give the Department of Human Services a contact list of all our guests. We might all need to be quarantined.

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16 thoughts on ““Can we do quarantine again sometime?”: the Swine Flu diaries

  1. Pamela

    What a delightful account of swine flu inspired downtime. Thankyou.

  2. Amber Jamieson

    I’ve been desperate to get quarantined for Swine Flu this week and this lovely account confirmed everything that I suspected. It sounds exactly what we all need.

  3. David Allen

    Magic! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thank you.

  4. kate case

    Hmm….wonder what would happen if you refused to take Tamiflu?

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  6. Lorraine Bochsler

    Thank goodness, good sense, no whining, things in perspective – how unusual, I am a little envious

  7. paddy

    Beautifully done Clare, that was lovely to read.
    You’ve singlehandedly restored the reputation of pigs everywhere.
    If there was any justice in this crazy world,
    Miss Piggy should be shouting you and your family a cruise with P&O. 🙂

  8. Dorothy Hart

    What a great read.This family calmly accepted the inevitable. Such a contrast with all the scare reactions of the media.Best wishes to the family.

  9. Dee

    Thanks for sharing your family story, Clare. Your piece was a real pearl about swine!

  10. Kerri Worthington

    Ahh the serenity. I wish your family could adopt me!

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