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'I couldn't get out of bed'

Tansy Huws, originally from London but now living in Mexico, presented swine flu symptoms and was prescribed Tamiflu. She contacted the BBC News website and has been giving updates on her situation.

Tansy Huws
Tansy Huws was prescribed Tamiflu to help relieve her symptoms
I have only two days left of my Tamiflu course and I'm feeling a lot better. The illness responded very quickly.

I am staying at home. Anyway, there is also nothing else to do as everything is closed, and people look at you suspiciously if you're outside.

I have gone to hospital every day for a check up. They never tell me anything, they don't tell me if I definitely had swine flu. They have sent my tests to the lab but they don't know anything.

I think most people have the same experience, they go to the hospital, they give them the Tamiflu and they don't tell them anything.

The news on television is very repetitive as they stick to the government guidelines, so I have been following the events on the web. You have to be careful as there is a lot of misinformation around. The information given out by the government is very limited.

Literally everything has closed down. Yesterday, it was the restaurants and the bars. In the street where I live you can only see policemen, there aren't many people around.

I'm feeling feeling much better now. The worst part was definitely when I first got it and I felt completely knocked out. It was quite scary because it came from out of the blue.

Being ill when you are away from home is always worse. It was terrifying at first because there was no information about the symptoms or what to do.

Doctors were not doing home visits. I had to wait until I felt well enough to get myself to the hospital.

Mexico City is like a ghost town

I don't know how I got it. I have not been near pigs and I haven't eaten pork. I can only assume it has come from person to person contact, possibly on the Metro.

I'm now sitting at home and getting better. Mexico City is usually such a bustling and busy place but at the moment it's like a ghost town.

My workplace is closed, the banks are closed, restaurants and cafes are closed and only a few shops are open. The streets are abnormally quiet and it feels really strange.


I have been living in Mexico for only three weeks. The symptoms started last Sunday when I got home.

From one minute to the next I got nauseous and had very high fever. I just couldn't get out of bed during the whole week.

On Friday night I received a call from a friend wondering why I hadn't been around.

When I told her about the symptoms she told me to call the British Embassy. They told me to call the hospital.

The people at the hospital told me not to take any drugs so that the symptoms were clear and I could be diagnosed.

I went to the hospital on Saturday. There were many people at the hospital waiting to be diagnosed.

I think swine flu is very different from a normal flu because I just couldn't get out of bed

The test was very simple - they just asked me questions and measured my blood pressure.

They prescribed me Tamiflu and I am now feeling much better now. I went to a private hospital and was lucky enough to get the drugs but I don't think the state hospitals would be as well resourced.

I asked them if it was swine flu but they weren't very clear, the information wasn't very good.

I think swine flu is very different from a normal flu because I just couldn't get out of bed.

I think that the really ill people will not be able to go to hospital, and that the people who are able to go there are the people who don't have swine flu.

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