Posted by: jeanne | September 30, 2009

swine flu diary

well hello.  after so many months of waiting for swine flu to knock everybody dead, i get it.  how do i know it’s swine flu?  it’s the only thing going around now.  if you’ve got anything, it’s swine flu.  so there.

i’ve had a sore throat for the past two days.  it’s been red in the back of my throat.  my tonsils aren’t swollen, there are no patches, but the redness has increased in area and intensity, and my throat’s gotten slowly more sore.  it comes and goes, as well, the soreness.

i’ve got snot.  it started with clear runny nose water yesterday.  now i’m carrying around a handkerchief (hand dyed silk, this one’s a nebula) and it’s getting stringy, but still clear, meaning no infection.  i do notice if i go without my asthma medicine, also.

i’m sneezing.  alot.  and it hurts my throat when i do.  great, violent sneezes.  that started today.

i had to take to my bed for a nap.  i’ve been more tired than usual the past few days, and today i really had to lie down.  fortunately allison came and got her avery and they went out to breakfast (he was two yesterday and ate most of the cake himself), so i lay down.  the dogs and the phone wouldn’t let me get more than snatches of sleep, but i wrapped up in the blanket and pillows and dogs and cat and went as far to sleep as possible.

i’ve got chicken soup on the stove, i’ve taken a shot of homeopathic flu preparation, i’m going to go dose with some patent anti flu medicine that tasted like elderberries and menthol, add a shot of whiskey, and go sit in the bath with a book.

so i’m sick, i can feel it.  i’m usually the picture of health (except for all the false-alarm cancer twinges).  i’m watching the progression because it’s swine flu.  but i’m functioning as if it were just a cold, dragging myself around moaning and groaning, laying listlessly in bed instead of molesting jim, useless.

we had the swine flu when it came around in april. the week before easter, when the news was just breaking about mexico, atlanta had a lightning flu that hit bunches of people.  it swept thru my entire household, barely touched us old folks, and really walloped the young kids.  the tenant’s baby brought it home.  he had snot.  then his mom got it.  then i got it.  then jim got it.  then allison and her baby got it.  then the baby daddy got it.  and allison and the baby daddy got it bad, it turned to bronchitis, and they actually had to stop smoking cigarettes for a time.

i got a sore throat for two days, with vomiting and diarrhea, and went to bed to cure it.  jim just had the sniffles.  the baby was cranky and had snot.  allison was walking around with pneumonia.

we’ll see how it goes this time.  more later.

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Responses

  1. I hope you’re feeling better soon! Unfortunately, what is little understood by the general public is that the only reason people die from the flu is that they have either an immune suppressing chronic illness, such as diabetes, direct immune dysfunction, dietary deficiencies of critical immune-supporting nutrients, chronic pulmonary disease, heart disease or cancer. Flu shots = money, not safety. Unfortunately, what is little understood by the general public is that the only reason people die from the flu is that they have either an immune suppressing chronic illness, such as diabetes, direct immune dysfunction, dietary deficiencies of critical immune-supporting nutrients, chronic pulmonary disease, heart disease or cancer. What we’re not being told can hurt us and our children! What we’re not being told can hurt us and our children! -Dr. Jake

  2. Be carefule dear friend. I hear it is really bad if it hits your chest.

    Love Renee xoxo


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