Flu (the sequel)
Monday, October 05, 2009
So let's just say up front that this mentions some flu symptoms, and those who don't care to read such things can skip it.
This morning I woke up with a less runny nose! And less aches and pains! And more energy! And - okay, my larynx still felt like it had been sanded, but I wasn't coughing so much. Off to class and office hours!
Except that as time to leave approached I was feeling queasy. I hadn't had anything like this over the weekend - it was a new symptom - and I wondered if it might just be an effect of taking painkillers on a empty stomach or some such.
Because I am, at heart, sinfully lazy, I decided to treat this as a Get Out Of Class Free card. And within half an hour I was grateful for being lazy.
For six hours, I was throwing up about once every twenty minutes. Violently. In between bouts I didn't feel much relief and just lay in bed nauseated.
Lulius called the doctor for me because I was in no shape to stay on a phone line. They said that since my fever was low, I should just stick it out with fluids and rest. (And that if I wanted to, I might pop round to the urgent care to find out if it was really flu. But since it didn't sound as though any other treatment would be forthcoming, I decided to keep my contagious ass at home.)
The nausea finally passed and I got some sleep and feel quite a bit better. We shall see how tomorrow goes.
And if you read this far ...
... I'm basically healthy, and I live in the US where you can get plenty of safe drinking water. So the flu is just an inconvenience for me. But it really does kill people who are less fortunate.
If you can spare a few dollars, please consider going by the Red Cross website - they do good work worldwide, and donations make a difference. Thank you.