A 46-year-old mother of three died earlier this week after suffering from complications of pneumonia and the flu. Nicole Arnold, whose pastor husband Scott had asked his Facebook friends for prayers on Sunday, had been complaining about feeling feverish as she took care of other family members who had fallen ill before her, My Palm Beach Post reported.
“Flu, I hate you!” Arnold herself had posted on Aug. 23. “Can anyone say, ‘School is back in session, bring on the germs.’”
She confirmed in a follow-up comment that the illness had acted in a “domino effect,” in the Arnold house, affecting their three girls who had just started their senior, freshman and second-grade school years.
“Everyday this week I’ve been to the pediatrician with one kid or the other. They do a double-take & say, ‘weren’t you just here yesterday?’ It was a joke by today,” she wrote on Aug. 24.
By Sunday, Arnold’s condition had worsened and she had to be taken to the hospital. Her husband, a pastor at Journey Church of Jupiter, posted that she had been diagnosed with type A flu and pneumonia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human influenza types A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease almost every winter. The emergence of a new and different influenza A virus can cause an influenza pandemic.
SOURCE: Alexandria Hein