Thursday, January 10, 2013

Flu Sweeping America

Yep, I still have it.  I hate to be a bore but I'm still fighting this flu that just won't go away.  I'm on my third week of the coughing, sore throat, aches and fatigue.  

A few days ago I thought it went away but it's slowly creeping back.  I slept most of the day.  I just don't have the energy to do much.  

I did go out grocery shopping this morning and settled our checkbooks this evening.  You know when I'm not updating my blog on a daily basis that I'm sick.

This from an article I read about this strain of the flu on the Internet pertains to me exactly:



I have exactly those symptoms; the cough, followed by sore throat, then fatigue, headache, body ache.  I don't think I have a fever but I never take my temperature so I could probably have a slight fever.

I do have trouble breathing.  I have to breath through my mouth, especially when I'm sleeping.  When I wake up in the morning my mouth is so dry.  SO DRY.  Never been this dry before.  

I got my flu shot this year like I do every year.  Apparently it didn't affect this strain of flu.  

This is so frustrating to me because usually I just barrel through a cold or flu, that's not happening this year though.  Just when I think I'm over the worst, I wake up with a sore throat again.  And I know I have a problem when I have a couple of hefty, to the toes sneezes which I had last night.

So hang in there folks, maybe the Old Ron will be back sometime.  This is frustrating to say the least.


22 comments:

  1. I have seldom seen the flu as wide-spread as it is this year. Almost everyone I know is either presently battling it, or has had it fairly recently. Don't attempt to do too much, Ron. Rest and recuperation should be your priority.

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    1. Jon,

      I have to, I have no choice. I try to do something else and I an exhausted. I keep looking at that bedroom and end up there sleeping most of they day. If I try to work through it, it just gets worse. Right now I'm trying to catch up on my blogs and e-mails then it's to my bedroom again, watch some "Judge Judy" and to bed early.

      Ron

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  2. They say that the shot doesn't mean you won't get the flu but if you do, you shouldn't get as sick. Is it possible that if you hadn't gotten vaccinated you would have been sicker? Is it possible that your prostate issue is contributing to your low resistance?

    Feel better soon and make sure you are fully recovered before you start exerting yourself again.

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    1. Sean,

      I thought of that, if I hadn't gotten the flu shot it would have been worse. As it was last week was pretty bad when I lost my voice and was totally exhausted. When I lose my appetite I know I"m sick. I just started to get my appetite back. And yes, I think my prostate condition is contributing to my problem. I thought of that also. I get my biopsy on the 28th of this month. I'm dreading it.

      Ron

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  3. Ron: My wife is working as a substitute teacher. Since she's around kids all day, she decided to get the shot. I'm on the fence whether I've should get one. This particular strain is starting to scare me.

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    1. Sean,

      I would get the shot. Last week I had it really bad, lost my voice for two days. It's not so bad now but just lingering on and keeping me from doing anything constructive (other than catching up on my e-mail and blogs). If I were you I would get the flu shot. Especially since your wife works around kids because they really spread germs.

      Ron

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  4. Dang it, I keep putting off the shot. I better do that tomorrow. I do NOT want this crap. Last time I had it, I missed 4 days of work and I NEVER miss 4 days of work, not even with a broken wrist and the associated surgery!!!

    I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON, RON!!! I know how bad it sucks!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      Get the flu shot. Even though I got the flu, I think it would have been a lot worse had I not received a flu shot. I know what you mean about never missing work. I used to be one of those guys who never missed work. I just managed to get through work this time. I actually had no choice. Next time I get it I will take off. All I did was prolong my recovery.

      Ron

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  5. As you know, I had the damned thing for three weeks solid and still don't feel right. Of course I haven't felt quite right since 2002 but this virus was especially discouraging. I did get my flu shot --as I do every year-- but this distemper was unaffected by it. People came down with it all over the world around the same time, so it's especially opportunistic. Stop working with it and just rest. It's the sort of thing you have to abandon society to get over. Good luck!

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    1. George,

      You know what I'm talking about. I've also had this "damned thing" for about three week and I still don't feel right. Your suggestion is exactly right, "just rest."

      Ron

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  6. we need you better for the march spo-a-rama-lama-ding-dong! hope bill is taking good care of you!

    PS - if you are ill, they may not wanna do the prostate thing. just thinking out loud here.

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    1. Anne Marie,

      Oh I'll be better by Spogamedden! I'm still going through with the "prostate thing." I just want to get that question over with. I'm tired of having it hang over my head.

      Ron

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  7. Randy in NEB.4:32 AM

    Ron, Was wondering did you check into that flu medicine, I think they call it Tamiflu? You have to see a doctor to get it. I've been lucky I haven't gotten the flu,yet. You seem like a nice man with a good heart. Please don't try out that old adage that only the good die young. If that's true there are a lot of us that are going to be around for a very long time! Get some rest and take care,I hope you get better soon! Randy.

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    1. Randy,

      I've heard of Tamiflu. I think the next time I feel the flu symptoms coming on, I'm seeing my doctor. I don't want to go through this again for this long. I feel I'm over the worst of it now though. I still have the occasional dry cough and feeling of fatigue. I'll be so glad when I can get back to normal.

      Ron

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  8. Ron,

    About two days before this thing pretty well cleared up I had those violent sneezes. Maybe this is a good sign for you.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,

      You're right about those violent sneezes, I think I am expelling the last of the flu bug. I hope so anyway!

      Ron

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  9. Liquids.
    Hot liquids.
    And sleep.

    That's what works for me.

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    1. Bob,

      Sleep is what works for me. I plan to get me some more right after lunch today. :)

      Ron

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  10. I haven't been sick but am going for a physical on wednesday. I am afraid I am going to catch it at the doctor's office. I am not sure the flu shot helps. People who had the shot are sick as dogs and their sickness last as long as someone who hasn't had it.
    I am hopping your are over the hump Ron. The flu last 1 month so you are almost there.

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    1. Nadege,

      I sincerely hope you don't get strain of the flu. It is a bitch to get rid of. I am over the worst of it but still have lingering symptoms. At least I don't feel like curling up in a ball and dying like I did a couple of weeks ago. I'm on the Road to Recovery!

      Ron

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  11. I am sorry to hear you still got flu.
    At the beginning of the 20th century flu was one of the number one killers; people forget it still can do so.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      This morning is the best I've felt since I contacted this flu three weeks ago. I do think I'm on my way to recovery, finally.

      Ron

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