Many may think the flu is nothing to worry about, but it has the potential to lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia. As a result, it’s important for anyone with flu-like symptoms to see a doctor and avoid spreading their symptoms to other people.
Shawn Burrough, a father of four, came down with the flu around Christmas time; he was admitted to the ICU by New Year’s Day.Jennifer Burrough/Facebook
According to KSWB, Shawn first began suffering from “a little chest congestion, headache, and body ache.” His wife, Jennifer, said Shawn knew he was coming down with the flu, but chose to ignore it.
He avoided getting any rest and continued to go to work.
By New Year’s Day, the father’s symptoms began to worsen and he started having difficulty breathing. His family quickly got him to a hospital.
Jennifer told KSWB:
“They told me he was in renal failure. His white count was through the roof, he has severe pneumonia.”
She also took to Facebook Thursday to respond to friends’ concerns. She wrote, in part:
I still can’t believe this is happening. I cling to every piece of positive progress. I try not to because we are still deep in the woods. Keep praying, everyone. Please!!
Shawn, a U.S. Navy veteran, is still fighting for his life.
Jennifer’s latest Facebook update suggests that her husband had a little setback earlier this morning, but they are continuing to hold onto hope:
He started de-sating so they upped his oxygen again, a little bit of a setback nothing major, he’s just not ready yet, its only been a few days, slow and steady.
This is the only change as of now.
Take your time babe, keep fighting, everyone keeps praying!! Thank you for everything everyone, keep praying
Jennifer told KSWB that two of their four children also tested positive for the flu and that she is making sure they remain as healthy as possible.
She has some advice for other people who find themselves getting sick during these cold, winter months:
“If you’re sick — I mean, the first cough, I don’t care if it’s not the flu — go get seen just in case. You never know.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than three million people a year come down with the flu. Those who do contract the flu are encouraged to stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.
Because Shawn is the sole provider for the family of six, friends have set up a YouCaring account to help raise money for medical expenses.