Date: December 13, 2018 05:29PM
Wow. I've just had the worst 10 days of my life, health-wise. I feel like I now know what it's like to be chronically ill or dependent. Had to call my brother to come and help me. The ASA he brought helped a bit with the fever and chills.
I will spare you all the grim details (and they are legendary). I haven't been able to even keep water down. I've lost 14 pounds!
I'm assuming it's flu; it's sure a lot of various symptoms. I wish my GP's office was closer to me and that he didn't frown on going in with flu - I know it's communicable and I'd hate to pass it to my worst enemy but at a certain point I'm giving up hope of ever getting over it by doing nothing, which is what I've done so far.
I'm always pretty healthy so it's unexpected. I never get flu, so likewise.
I had heard this year's edition was predicted to be severe. They were 100% right.
Right at Christmas when markets and fairs and churches are packed. The flu bugs are happy.
The irony is how I always preach about avoiding germs (hand-washing, for one, after shopping etc). I've missed four days from work this week, more than I've missed in the past 10 years put together.
So. If you want to contribute positively to the health and well-being of your fellow citizens, don't cough or sneeze on them, and definitely consider skipping church and other gatherings even though it's the holiday season. Whatever the disappointment, it's got to be better than what I've experienced this week. No wonder they say it's killing people.
Stay healthy. Stay safe. Hope I'm up and about tomorrow to check in again. I've been totally out of commission all week. Busiest weeks of the year at work. :(
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/13/2018 05:31PM by Nightingale.
Date: December 13, 2018 07:21PM
So sorry you’re going through this, Nightingale. Wishing you a speedy recovery :)
As someone pointed out above, once you’re feeling better, it is still not too late to get a flu shot.
Fortunately, here at my Assisted Living, we were all offered flu shots in October so I most definitely took advantage of it and got mine. Although I was surprised at the number of people who declined the shot, stating they’ve always gotten the flu after getting the shot. This is a fallacy! While some individuals may experience some mild symptoms after getting the shot such as achiness, even a low-grade fever, it is not the flue. The vaccination uses a killed virus and does not cause the flu. But just as old habits can be difficult to break so, too, can long-held beliefs, regardless of whether or not they may be ludicrous.
Sorry for the long-winded rant, its the former nurse in me :)
Date: December 13, 2018 07:57PM
Sympathy, nightingale. I got the flu shot and about ten days later flew to England for a family funeral. After two days I went down with a bug,hacking cough that would sometimes go on for an hour or more, chills, sweats and other nasty symptoms. I have not felt as sick in years. Two visits to hospital emergency room and two weeks later started to feel better. Thank heavens for NHS, which I was qualified for so no cost to me for blood test, ekg and other exams. Being sick was bad enough, being sick in someone else's home is worse still. Fortunately the funeral was more than three weeks after I got there.
Date: December 31, 2018 08:28PM
3-1/2 weeks. I've had a cold "cough" for over 2 weeks now and my doctor told me just Friday it would be over soon. I've been working for 4 weeks at Sam's Club and just pulling myself through every day, but staying home in bed doesn't help either. I can't call in sick. Shocked they don't send me home. I thought after 2 weeks, I'd be doing well, but I'm not. Coughed for a good 2 hours yesterday. Took 3 different types of cold/flu medicine before it calmed down enough to get to work. I've HAD IT!
Luckily, I haven't had what nightingale has, although I have lost 7 pounds in 2 weeks. I have no appetite and it doesn't matter what I eat, I'm still weak and fatigued. I just want to feel "normal" again.
My boyfriend, ex, and my son all have it, but are already getting over it after less than a week. No one I work with has it yet.
Date: January 01, 2019 12:09AM
Thank you for the time and effort to update us, Nightingale, but Jeez....what a terrible awful time you have been going through!!
[I am sorry about your Mom, too!! The pain and discomfort she has been going through, just like you!]
I am glad you are in a room now, and a room with a toilet, too ;)--and sorry about the round-the-clock ambiance. That has got to be really hard to take!!
Many, many thanks for your post.
We are thinking about you--and we had no idea how awful it has been for you.
Hope you begin to feel much better soon....and I hope that your Mom gets healed from that cracked collarbone ASAP.
Happy New Year...I hope some of the best of the New Year kicks in soon, and this "adventure" will soon exist only in your memory.
Thinking of you, every day. :)