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H3N2 Is Not Your Friend

I am returning to life after almost two weeks of misery. The medications [Tamiflu, prednisone for five days, followed by Levaquin for 10 days] made food taste terrible.

I have a flu shot every year [this year at the end of August] but apparently it worked better for children 8 and and under, than adults. My total interaction with people has been at Home Depot and Lowes as I was rehabbing an apartment up until the day I experienced the symptoms of “a bad cold”.

Now I get to wait for the bills to start coming in. These were my first medical visits this year.


1 Shirt { 02.18.18 at 11:22 am }

Glad to hear your about your resurrection. While you were out, the mantra “thoughts and prayers” also revived and, as always, the dead remain and there’s no prevention in sight. Although the kids of Parkland are giving me some hope. Like the ‘four dead in Ohio’ perhaps the Parkland Siblings can start a movement of young people across the country to shame us old farts into doing the right thing.

2 Bryan { 02.18.18 at 1:35 pm }

The kids have figured it out and are talking about registering to vote and taking political action. They have no intention of being ignored like others have, and don’t intend to be polite about it. They are calling out the political bullshit and they are going to show up at campaign events.

3 hipparchia { 02.20.18 at 7:26 pm }

My total interaction with people has been at Home Depot and Lowes as I was rehabbing an apartment up until the day I experienced the symptoms of “a bad cold”.

well, that explains a lot.

I’ve wondered how I missed out on all the fun (everybody I know has had the flu except me this winter), but somebody else is rehabbing my house and I’m doing composting and seed saving BIGLY this time around, so I’ve stayed out of all the garden centers and building materials centers in recent months.

4 Bryan { 02.20.18 at 8:16 pm }

Looking at it now, the construction industry rarely offers sick leave, so people in the hardware stores are apt to be sicker than others. They are coughing into their hands and then using the credit card machine. Next year I’m wearing a mask and disposable gloves to shop during flu season. I don’t want to do this again anytime soon. I also found out my doctor can test for the flu in his office, so I don’t have to go the emergency room.

5 JuanitaM { 02.22.18 at 1:44 pm }

Wow, you’ve really been through the wringer on this one. Glad to hear you’ve made it back to the land of the living and hope that’s all the doctors you will have to see this year!

6 Bryan { 02.22.18 at 9:17 pm }

I have follow ups and regular visits for prescriptions, but I lost 3 weeks.

7 Steve in Manhattan { 02.22.18 at 9:52 pm }

I had not had a flu shot in more than 20 years and had not gotten the flu. Living in NYC and realizing that it was going to be bad this season, I let my doctor talk me into the shot. I have not gotten the flu (so far) but have no idea what’s working – the shot, my immune system, or both?

8 Bryan { 02.22.18 at 10:09 pm }

Welcome, Steve. Whatever it is, be happy, be very happy. The season may have finally peaked. I’m miserable at 70° and sunny, you really wouldn’t like it at 30° and slush. [I was born in Upstate, Utica and lived in Rochester for a decade, so I know slush.]

9 hipparchia { 02.23.18 at 9:44 pm }

the construction industry rarely offers sick leave

good point. if that’s the case, then missing out on this year’s flu outbreak has made up for all the rent I’ve paid (and grumbled about) over the years. 😈

and I suspect the landscaping / yardwork companies are the same as the construction companies about sick leave.

10 Bryan { 02.23.18 at 10:11 pm }

Like all too much of the economy, if you can’t work you won’t get paid. It doesn’t just suck for workers, it is terrible public Health policy. You don’t want someone with the flu working in the food industry.