[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/30/nate.h1n1.jpg caption="Micheal Wordell brought his 7 year-old sono, Nate, to Children's Hospital Boston when Nate's 104-degree fever would not break."]
CNN Medical Producer
Nate Wordell, 7, just feels lousy: swollen eyes, cough, high fever, stomach ache and he's dehydrated. Nate has H1N1.
After toughing it out for three days at home, Nate's parents brought him to the emergency room at Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts. "The hardest thing for us was that we couldn't stay ahead of the medication or get him to keep any water down," says Nate's father, Michael Wordell of Auburndale, Massachusetts.
Hospitals from coast to coast are bracing for the influx of patients, just like Nate. Children's Hospital Boston has seen a 40 percent increase in patients this week alone.
"This could get pretty bad," says Dr. Anne Stack, clinical chief of emergency medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. "So we are trying to do as much as we can to prepare. But no one knows when it will end."
Filed under: H1N1
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