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Hi.  I'm still alive.  Mostly.

According to the doctor, what I am trying to shake off is quite likely flu, and probably H1N1.  With a side of strep throat.  And a cold sore, just for... excess.  So if it's happened at any point since last Tuesday morning, I'm oblivious to it.

If this is what a "mild" case of flu is like, God save me from a moderate one.

Charlotte is working on an ear infection and conjunctivitis.  We have matching amoxicillin prescriptions (at least they can treat the strep.)

So far Bob is healthy (compared to the rest.)

Having used up four of the ten sick days that I get for the year, I'm back at work, but for short days.  Right now I'm just waiting for Bob to come and pick me up.  Hopefully I'll be amusing again soon.  I still have to tell you all about the great alternator crash of 2009...

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.


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Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh wow...get plenty of rest & I hope you feel better soon.

Another of my LJ friends has a husband in an induced coma, on a ventilator, in a CCU at the hospital for...going on almost a week now. With H1N1. It's a very scary version of the flu, to be sure. :-( Young, healthy people seem to be in as much (or more) danger as older people, which is the scariest part.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
More. Older folks, like my parents, have encountered similar strains in their youth, so their immune systems recognize it as an invader. I've heard that no one born after 1958 has encountered anything like this - so it hits hard.

I've got Charlotte on a waiting list for vaccination, but no idea how long that will take.

I feel... pounded flat. I've lost a whole week - I have almost no recollection of last week AT ALL, and it's really creepy.

Bob is playing chauffeur right now so that I can go to work. My goal is to be able to drive by the end of the week.

Edited at 2009-11-04 05:03 pm (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Take care of yourself please!! After all was said and done, we found out that that's what Zach had, and I'm NOT willing to lose anymore friends, thank you.

Hope you're feeling better soon.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
I was never that sick, thankfully. Bob is driving me back and forth and attempting to take care of the house and the baby, and I'm doing as much as I can and no more.

I'm pretty sure that I've never been that sick in my life.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm going to resist pig-related jokes and just say I'm glad you're on the mend.
(Rob remains convinced that he too had H1N1 even though his E.R. flu swab came back negative....apparently there's a high false-negative...and lord knows it took him a long time to recupe.)

Love to B&C too.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh please - there's a reason I titled it "oink."

At this point they're not bothering to test - just treat and on to the next.

This feels like recupe is going to be at least a month, and I have a feeling I'm going to have the cough until... spring.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I thought you'd been gone quite a while...though it's been longer than last Tuesday, since I don't tend to start thinking 'hey, where'd _________ go?' until they've been absent from LJ for more than a week.

Swine flu seems to be going around here, too, but people are being ridiculous about it. It IS killing some people, but all flus kill some people. The annoying thing is that every day the local newspaper devotes about a full page of articles to H1N1 throughout the paper, and they all contradict each other. One article said DO NOT GO TO EMERGENCY unless your symptoms are severe. Another article on the next page was about a man whose 13 year old boy just dropped dead suddenly (he'd been taken to the hospital the day before but had been sent home) and the father was telling everyone GO STRAIGHT TO THE HOSPITAL THE MINUTE YOU NOTICE A SINGLE SYMPTOM.

How's that for conflicting? And the entire back page of the paper is an ad for the innoculation, which is a blatant attempt to frighten people into running out to get it asap, even though currently only the chronically ill, children under five, and health-care workers are even ALLOWED to get the shot, at this point. (They get it first and then it opens to everyone else, not that it matters to me anyway.)
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there's been a lot of "stuff" lately, and I haven't been online. Also, the laptop crashed and probably died the final death. That means that I have to do entries either at work or if I'm at home I have to go into the library and use the desktop. Which isn't that great a hardship, except that I've become accustomed to typing while curled up on my end of the couch in front of the tv. Next time I visit my parents I'll drop the laptop off with Dad and see what he can do with it. Mostly it's just been a HUGE attack of lazy, combined with an overwhelming amount of housework.

It's funny - I get all caught up in the idea that I need to have full, structured, "what I did on my summer vacation" essay type posts, and don't tend to just dash something off. Some sort of weird mental block I guess.

I'm certainly worried about H1N1 - I know one person who has already died from it. We weren't close, but he was a dear friend of someone I am close to. So it's something to take seriously. But the hype is out of hand. The only reason I went to the doctor at all was because I had a sore throat that was getting worse instead of better, and was bad to the point where I couldn't take liquids. If not for that - I would have just stayed on the couch until it was gone.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm just not capable of worrying about stuff like this. I don't really worry about much of ANYTHING. And I'm apparently at higher risk for H1N1 than most, since I have a 'neuromuscular' disease (MS). (Well, so this site says: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm) It's possible that I've even had it already, though the really bad part only lasted one or two days...I had a severe sore throat and stuffy nose and extra tiredness and a bit of dizziness, but otherwise it didn't act like a cold, for me. So who knows? It's just not in my personality to worry in this vein.

It's really annoying how much in the news this is, to the point I said above. Especially when all the articles directly contradict each other!

I couldn't live without my computer. Not for more than a day or two.
Nov. 4th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm worried about Charlotte, to the extent that I'm worried. She's still awfully tiny, and being in daycare she's exposed to *everything.*

I agree completely about the hype.

I hadn't realized how accustomed I've become to having the laptop at my fingertips to look things up - it's awful without it! I've become an internet junkie...
Nov. 5th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Simplefare & cats
How are you guys doing? Are you sitting out SimpleFare? Or are you confirmed non-contagious and crazy enough to wear yourself out in a kitchen just after recovering?

I signed up as staff, and I'm curious if I'll be cooking or enjoying my annual thrill of running the commercial-grade dishwasher.

Also as an FYI a co-worker just told me there's been a confirmed case of a cat getting H1N1, so you may want to keep an eye on the furbabies. (I didn't see the article myself so I have no idea if they simply carry it or if they get it hard.)

I must admit with the whole swineflu thing, I was thinking of making a plague doctor outfit. But I decided it would be too hard to work in the kitchen while wearing it...
Nov. 5th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Simplefare & cats
No, we'll be in the kitchen. I imagine that we'll be taking turns - one in the kitchen, one Charlotte-wrangling. I'm not quite sure how this is going to work, but we'll figure it out. I'm going to take it easy, and do as much sitting as I can - I certainly won't be my usual animated self.

It's not like I'll be *able* to wear myself out - Sue will kick me out if she thinks I'm doing that.
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