An increase in influenza A late in the season – a flu that accounted for approximately 99 percent of all influenza cases this year – has plagued thousands of people across the country.
In Portland she has leaked two young girls who were without a mother when she killed a 37-year-old woman and her unborn child.
Stephanie Shradar had taken the flu in October, as was often the case at the beginning of each flu season, her husband Lee Shradar said. Er and her daughters followed shortly thereafter.
While Stephanie was older for a pregnant woman, she had had two uncomplicated pregnancies with her daughters, taking care of herself. Her third child, a girl, was due in the fall.
So Lee did not think much when Stephanie got sick on Monday. Even her older daughter Vera, 7, felt a little sick.
Stephanie worked in her architectural office on Monday. The next day she stayed home because she felt worse. Lee came home for lunch to check on her and eventually ran to Rite Aid to get a new thermometer to make sure they could accurately gauge the fever Stephanie had started with. She measured only 1
Stephanie also called the gynecological clinic in Providence, where she was treated regularly. Suppliers prescribed a flu medicine there, which she had taken on Wednesday afternoon.
That made her feel a bit sick, but Lee said Stephanie was an extreme runner-up to this sort of thing, so the label followed the medication. [Thursday, December 29] Lee was optimistic that Stephanie was doing better. She had made it to the couch to watch old episodes of The Office on Netflix. He gave her soup, went back to work and brought the girls to an afternoon event, then returned home at 8 pm. When she found out that her energy level had dropped and her face and eyes had begun, they swelled.
They consulted the Women's Hospital and Lee's mother, a former emergency room, and decided to go to the emergency room.
Stephanie never came home.
Even Healthy People Are at Risk
Stephanie was seen in an emergency room within an hour. An x-ray showed that her breast was fine. She had infusions to get fluids and medicines.
Lee fell asleep at two in the morning and was not very surprised when Stephanie was admitted to the hospital the next morning.
She is pregnant, it will be some time before she recovers. "Lee said," he thought at the time.
Pregnancy weakens the immune system so that the mother's body does not fight the growing baby in her, and although she was immunized against the flu this year, she was at an increased risk
This year's flu vaccine also provides little protection against the Influenza A strain, which has contributed to its proliferation and severity since mid-February 19659002] In recent weeks, nearly every state and US territory has gone far So far, Oregon has reached the 2016/17 flu season and could surpass it to be closer to the unusually bad year of last year.
Almost 99 percent of the people in Oregon who have flu this year suffered from influenza A Friday report from the Oregon Health Authority said a child died of influenza in the first week of March Stephanie and the death of her baby have not yet appeared. Oregon Health Authority officials refused to say how many children died this week. The state does not prosecute influenza deaths in adults.
Almost 140 people were hospitalized this week, and the previous week, 150 people were hospitalized.
While most people hospitalized for influenza are 65 or older, this is usually important. Healthy people like Stephanie seek treatment early if they have a weak immune system.
Pregnant women should consult a doctor as soon as possible if they have any of the flu symptoms, as a small fever can lead to birth defects in a baby. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Daughter born on her jubilee
. Lee stopped work the next day and spent most of the day with Stephanie, taking breaks to take the girls to school and pick them up. She was in constant pain on Friday, and wanted Lee to put wet towels on his head, legs, and chest, feed her eggshell, and straighten the bed.
He had to feed her a delicious lunch with a spoon, and she wanted him to do the same for dinner.
But when he took care of the childcare, bought groceries, and returned to the hospital, her condition had deteriorated significantly.
She was swollen and needed help to get into the bathroom
That night, she was rushed to ICU, where the nurses had trouble finding a blood pressure reading because her heart was so weak.
"At that time, the ground began to fall out," Lee said
By that time, her parents had flown in from their Arizona vacation to Portland.
Stephanie stabilized for a while, but at 10 am the doctors came out of her room to tell Lee and her parents that they had lost the baby's heartbeat.
Lee and Stephanie had waited until the last few weeks to tell them daughters, Vera and Eisley, that soon a new sister would be born. They were careful because they knew that complications could occur.
They were a little unsure about the new baby. Stephanie wanted a third child, but for the first time in five years, Lee had been worried about the time and loss of sleep and was the first time a parent of a child.
But they were happy, if not a little bit of what it meant
Lee was devastated by the first death. But he found that at least the loss made it possible for everyone to focus on Stephanie and what she needed.
"We really had hope," Lee said.
But it did not take long. The doctors had walked down the hall to get water and juice for Lee and Stephanie's parents when room alarm 36 was announced for room 36 – Stephanie's room.
They watched as the staff stormed in and heard the machines beeping. The hospital chaplain came
They sat in shock and watched as the doors of the ICU opened and closed, opened and closed.
Then a doctor left Stephanie's room to tell Lee that they had lost his wife's heartbeat for two minutes. They resuscitated and got them back.
"We just came in for the flu, mind you," Lee said. "She was strong, she was healthy. She did everything she should do. We just came because of the flu.
For the past four hours, pneumonia had overtaken Stephanie's lungs. Over the next day or two, she was intubated, undergoing dialysis and given dozens of medications to try to maintain her blood pressure and relieve her pain.
Lee's mother and brother were in town on Saturday morning.
They were in the city Taking turns, they held Stephanie's hand and whispered how much she loved her.
"We were a team and would always be a team," Lee said. "I needed her to fight. And she did it. She fought. "
On Sunday, of course, her body gave birth to the baby – a good sign, the doctors said. Lee chose the name Alice May because Stephanie had suggested Alice and they both liked it. May was chosen by her daughters.
It was March 10, 18 years to the day of Lee and Stephanie as a 19-year-old at the University of Kansas.
But Stephanie could not pass the placenta. which meant that there was a plan to do an operation first the next morning, then get him out.
Lee spent most of the sleepless night in a room above Stephanie's. Restless and anxious, he slipped downstairs to hang out with her and the night nurse while everyone else slept.
His mother came in the morning to fetch him, and when they left the room to meet Stephanie's parents downstairs, a nurse rushed up saying another alarm had been sounded in Stephanie's room.
The doctors tried to beat her heart several times, and finally the family agreed to one last operation.
At 8:25 am Monday, a doctor told them that Stephanie had died.
"She Wants To Be A Lawyer"
A week later, Lee still found it unfathomable that this vital woman he had spent his entire adult life had lost because of the flu ,
Stephanie was young, healthy and positive, Lee said. She was committed to a successful architectural career and felt that she was thriving on her current job. After years of wanting a dog, they had just adopted a puppy last year.
Lee knows what it's like to lose a parent. His father died when he was eight, almost as old as Vera. And now Lee had to give her and her sister the same terrible news.
He said he was surrounded by friends and family, support and love. A friend of the family founded a GoFundMe to raise funds for the future training of Vera and Eisley. Lee said he does not want them to miss college or more than losing their mother.
"I want to be able to deliver what my parents have provided for our girls," Lee said.
And he hopes that at least Steve's death could help to raise awareness.
"I think she would work for people to get help when they need help and do not wait too long."