I received the first email about a respiratory outbreak Jan 1. The nursing home requested that only necessary visits be made. They have kept me updated. Last week it was confirmed that it was influenza A. Apparently this year's vaccine wasn't as good as it could have been. Public Health has put the home in quarantine till at least Jan 15. My husband got a heavy cold Christmas Eve so we haven't seen Mum since Dec 21. I know Mum is in capable hands, she hasn't got sick (germs are afraid of Mum ) and things will be fine. It's just that I'm feeling rather twitchy about not seeing her for such a long time. It's not a rational thing, just an emotional reaction. I know the staff not only gives her care but cares about her. But that guilt monster is so desperately trying to roost on my shoulder. I've been knocking it off but the bloody thing is relentless!