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17 March 2008 @ 08:05 am
Flu season! Duck season! Flu season! Duck season, fire!  
For those who don't know, Ali has been down with the current influenza bloom for around the past week and a half. The worst of it has gone, and while her attempt to return to work on Friday was abortive (her bosses sent her home; most of the department was out last week with the same thing), she has returned today feeling merely worn out as opposed to exhausted and nauseous. She did go to see the doctor, but apparently too late to get anymore than good advice. What we didn't realize at the time was that there's actually a point to going in case you think you're contracting the flu.

When I started feeling the early onset warnings, I went to see the doctor to ask after something he'd said Ali was a few days too late to get: Tamiflu. It is not a flu cure nor is it preventative. Rather, it modifies the flu symptoms you'll face while your body handles the invader. I can't say enough for this, having suffered not nearly as badly as Ali did. There was one day where I was around 50%, and that's the day I went to the doc. After that, while I wasn't in tip-top shape, I was mobile, I was able to get things done, and with a little help from some strong dose acetaminophen, I didn't even have much to speak of in the way of fever or body aches.

The flu vaccine is hardly making a dent in the strain that has cropped up around the US right now, according to my doctor's information. If you think you're coming down with it, see a doctor early. You might save yourself a lot of misery.
Current Mood: better
Jon Reidcrossfire on March 17th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Take care of yourselves. This shit kicked my ass, and went through my office like wildfire. And the folks in my office are all really healthy people, so that's saying something.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on March 17th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ali and I were watching Discovery Channel's "Mega Disasters" show yesterday; the topic was the proposition that pandemics such as the 1918 influenza outbreak could be the result of cometary dust containing extraterrestrial germs seeding the atmosphere with diseases which the human race has never yet contacted. They led into this with a broad review of how outbreaks, even ones traceable to terrestrial sources, can surprise us with their virulence. One point they made was that doctors in the 1918 case were amazed at who seemed the most vulnerable to the "Spanish Lady," as it was dubbed: young, fit, healthy adults in their mid 20s. The theory on this was that their very health only made their reaction to that influenza outbreak worse, even lethal, due to over-response by their immune systems to the invaders.

This is my long-winded way of saying "I love the Discovery Channel," by barely tying it into a conversation. ;)

Thanks for the well wishes. We're both on the mend. Ali's back at work and I'm in the after-effects phase, watching my hydration and treating potential lingering fever with Tylenol.
craigers01 on March 18th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
I saw part of that SAME episode. I bleieve they also mentioned that they young and healthy were more likely to be outside, and thus have greater exposer to the falling germ dust.

Geek stuck in the attic for the win!!!
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on March 18th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, geek stuck in the asbestos-laden, mold-filled, hot and humid attic for (cough) the win (cough cough blood).

Or did you mean Bruce's place? Man, that stopped being an attic when they put in carpeting and cable. :)
craigers01 on March 21st, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
I really meant it in a more generic sense...
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on March 21st, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
It stops being generic when it actually applies to us specifically. :)