Beating the flu bug
Original post made on Feb 8, 2013
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on Feb 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm
I recently recovered from the H3N2 virus. it resisted the flu shot and Tamiflu. I spent a week in bed, too weak to care for myself. my PCP told me that is a bird/swine virus from China, as all flu viruses are, and that this is the only country in the world that does not check people at customs for signs of illness, hence the epidemic.
People who die of this virus, as with the swine flu of 1918, according to my doctor, drown in their own mucous. My throat was so sore and swollen that I could not swallow water without choking, and had to go to hospital to get intravenous fluids. I often felt I was choking on post-nasal drip. I developed a bacterial ear and throat infection as a result, which required antibiotics and corticosteroids. After two,weeks, I am beginning to regain strength.
According to my doctor, this virus is resistant to Tamiflu, and the vaccine is less than 60% effective. However, that is better than nothing, so spare yourself and get vaccinated in the hopes it might save you from the worst virus in thirty years!
on Feb 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Etoile: Thank you for your helpful and detailed story.
I can't understand why people don't get the flu shot - even Safeway offers it for $20. Our entire family gets the flu shot every year at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (must be a member). This year, their flu clinic was on Sunday, September 30 and we were in and out in 15 minutes. PAMF has it organized so efficiently that they have employees directing where to go right as they step out of the elevator.
on Feb 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm
I agree, Mom of 3. Scared of needles is a poor excuse. please note all the needles involved when hospitalized! When ill due to one's own choices, remember that you're a worry & a drain on family, loved ones, employers, etc. I was recently, acutely ill w/something not preventable & was hospitalized for quite some time. I'm so grateful I had my 'flu shot because if I'd also had the 'flu I'd have been in longer. Even if you don't care for your own health, be considerate of others, please.