Two Texans Join The US Olympic Bobsled Team

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By Alexandra HartJanuary 16, 2018 2:24 pm

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By now you’ve probably heard that this flu season is a brutal one. And Texas has been hit particularly hard, with experts saying this is shaping up to be one of the worst flu outbreaks in years. And if you find yourself coming down with the flu, doctors will often prescribe the drug Tamiflu to help alleviate symptoms and shorten recovery time.

But a north Texas family is cautioning people to be aware of the drug’s side effects, after their six-year-old daughter experienced an adverse reaction.

The girl’s father, who wanted to remain anonymous, told CBS 11 in Dallas that she began hallucinating and tried to run away from school. They later found her in a scary situation at home.

“Second story window was opened which was in her bedroom and she used her desk to climb up onto it and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her,” said the girl’s father.

Tamiflu’s prescribing information say that neuropsychiatric side effects like delusion and abnormal behavior can be a rare side effect of the drug in pediatric patients.

The family cautions other parents to be aware of possible adverse reactions:

”Know that side effects are listed for a reason. i guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick,” the father said.

But doctors say while side effects like this are possible, they are also extremely uncommon.

There are twenty-three days to go before the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Peyongchang, South Korea, and while Texans routinely shine in the Summer games, the state isn’t usually thought of as a hotbed for winter sport, for obvious reasons

But Team USA just announced they’ve added two Texans to their bobsledding roster. Sam McGuffie of Houston and Justin Olsen of San Antonio were selected Monday to compete in Peyongchang. This is Olsen’s third Olympic appearance as a bobsledder, and first in the pilot seat of the sled.

McGuffie joins the team as a push athlete. He’s a former football player and track and field athlete. He told NBC 5 DFW that the move to bobsledding was unexpected.

“I always thought I’d play football or run track, do something like that, but never bobsled,” McGuffie said.

He began bobsledding in 2015 after a coach encouraged him to give it a try. This will be his first Olympic appearance.

Drivers traveling southbound on i-35 through Salado early Monday morning may have had their feathers ruffled by blocked traffic. A big rig hauling frozen chicken caught fire around 6:30 am, causing emergency crews to shut down part of the interstate to contain the blaze

The driver tried to put out the fire but could not contain the blaze which eventually engulfed the truck. No injuries were reported.

DPS is still investigating the fire, but no fowl play is suspected.