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Damn Flu

Posted 2013.01.16 10.32 in Pointless Blather

This being-sick stuff really sucks.

After running down the symptoms I’m pretty sure my coughbugvirusflu thing is the flu.

It’s been over a week and I don’t feel any better at all. Still have a sore throat. Still feel it in my lungs. I wake up a half dozen times a night feeling like my lungs are full of cobwebs and clumps of wet dust.

Can barely talk. Exhausted, much more so than usual. The thought of doing anything at all just fills me with weariness.

My everything hurts.

I don’t think this so-called flu medicine is doing anything, but I’m afraid to stop taking it incase it is helping and stopping it would make things much worse.

Feeling like a wimp for being so badly whupped by this bug.

Flu Sucks

Posted 2010.01.24 16.37 in Pointless Blather

So my anti-flu-shot plan seems to have backfired on me. Being the only one in the world to not get a flu shot, and therefore being protected by having everyone else around me protected… it seems that some crafty individual(s) have thwarted my plans, either by avoiding the flu-shots themselves or finding a way to introduce the virus without themselves being affected.

However it happened, I’ve spent the weekend in agony, from about midnight Friday when it struck very suddenly, through to now when I’m just able to stay sitting up for any length of time before being overcome with dizziness. Literally every inch of my body has been in terrible pain, from the top of my head down to my toes, with the one ironic exception of my throat – no sore throat. Well except for when I was busy doubled-over ‘blowing chunks’, which I did a great deal in the first 24 hours. I couldn’t even keep juice or ginger-ale down, couldn’t even take pills. So far the only thing that has gone in without coming back out is water.

So..will I have a flu shot next year? Meh, probably not. I still don’t like needles, and I still don’t trust flu shots. And hopefully, I’ll be feeling better by then and will have forgotten just how intensely awful I’m feeling right now.

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Why I Usually Avoid the News

Posted 2009.11.18 18.21 in Pointless Blather

Listening to the news… I already posted some random inspirations it led me to this morning. Between some reports I heard yesterday and some more reports I heard today, put them together and this is what you get:

  • The H1N1 flu shot is now available for nearly everyone in the GTA today, and tomorrow will be fully available across the GTA.
  • This is because the testing is done and they have concluded the swine flu shot is safer than the normal flu shot.
  • So far over 2,500,000 people in Canada have received the H1N1 flu shot this year.
  • So far over 30 people have been hospitalized due to serious complications from / reactions to the H1N1 flu shot this year.
  • So far this year, only one person has dropped dead due to serious compications from / reactions to the H1N1 flu shot.

So the H1N1 flue shot has a 1 in 2.5 million chance of killing you within a few minutes of having it. And better than a 1 in 83,000 chance of making you seriously sick.

You have less chance of winning the lottery than you do of dropping dead from the H1N1 flu shot. In fact, you could die 5 times from the flu shot before winning the lottery just once. And people still buy lottery tickets. And are lining up to get flu shots.

And this is ‘safer than the regular flu shot’. I don’t know the figures but I wonder how many people per million die every year from the regular flu shot?

See, this is why I don’t like needles.

My strategy is, once everyone else has had their flu shot, I will be safe since nobody else will be able to infect me with it.

And incase you’re wondering – these aren’t madeup numbers, these were from some guy at the Ministry of Health giving a press release – he’s pleased with the performance of the vaccine. The same guy who is pleased with the performance is the one who said that only one guy was killed by it, that only some 30 or 35 people were hospitalized by it (I think the exact number was 36). He also mentioned that if you are  going to react to it, this usually happens in the first few minutes so it’s ok since you’ll be right where the medical people are already at.

H1N1 Avian Swine SARS Apnea

Posted 2009.10.01 11.18 in Pointless Blather

Today, I’m feelin’ mighty low. I don’t actually think it’s the flu, though it feels like it. Exhausted, dizzy, headache, no appetite, extremely sore throat, muscle aches all over… but I don’t think it’s the flu.

I’m pretty sure it’s from sleep apnea. Some near-fatal snoring leads to mouth & throat drying out which leads to the sore throat, and the oxygen deprivation can explain the rest of the symptoms.

Though, I spose it’s possible that the sleep apnea has left my immune system weakened and the flu could have snuck in when I wasn’t looking.

I feel this good:

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I’d have stayed at home in bed, but today is month-end. The one day I cannot miss work. Blah.

Symptoms

Posted 2009.06.05 7.16 in Pointless Blather

The initial symptoms of the H1N1 Avian Swine SARS Flu (note: may also be just the common cold) are as follows:

  • Rapidly worsening pain at the back of the throat.
  • Aching joints.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • More dizziness than usual.
  • Weakness / rapid loss of energy.
  • Fever.

After 24 hours, the virus has found and invaded the lungs and sinuses. At this point, the patient may report a decrease or cessation of discomfort in the throat, while these new symptoms also present:

  • Congestion in the sinuses.
  • Fluid in the lungs.
  • Difficult / laborious breathing.
  • Coughing.

Treatment: The majority of the symptoms may be addressed through ingestion of coffee (double double is best) and the administration of large amounts of Baileys Irish Cream liquor. The cream coats and soothes the throat while the whiskey relaxes the muscles and reduces sensitivity to pain.

Also, some kind of medicine might help too.