Normal

Yes, I’m back to feeling, what is for me, pretty much normal again. I’ve been out of “quarrantine” since Friday and have gotten out of the house a few times now. It is good to be able to get out and about. Having been confined for much longer periods of time that this episode, I am very thankful for when I’m not confined for what ever reason.

The Lord saw fit to let me fulfill my obligation as the Sunday School sub. I’m thankful for that as well as the opportunity to serve Him and the church in that capacity. Though I do have to admit I feel I probably profit much more from it than the church does. I plan to write about the lesson this coming week. I figure in hindsight I’ll be able to present it better than I did this morning.

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Maybe I Spoke Too Soon

The tunnel...

Yesterday I thought I was about over this nastiness.  Last night my streak of two nights sleeping well was broken by bouts of burning up and chilling.  These bouts continue today.  I hope I didn’t see my “tunnel” prematurely.  But tomorrow was the soonest the doctor said I could expect to be over this so perhaps it’ll be better the next 12-24 hours.  I certainly hope so at least.

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Is That A Tunnel I See?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 15:  Toddler's Dime...

Yes, I feel like there actually may be a tunnel out there, coming into view, that may have a light at its end. Perhaps I’m about to round the proverbial corner on beating this flu? I think may be!

The last two nights I have actually slept pretty well. My headache is intermittent now, only flaring after reading, watching the TV or looking at the computer screen for what my body decides is “too long”. The pesky cough and chills still reside though. I am glad to report the cough is much less intense and more sporadic now.

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One Week In

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 29:  A cough etiquet...

I am about one week into having the flu now.  Thankfully the symptoms are beginning to ease up a bit now.  The aches and dizziness have lessened, as have the sniffles.  The headache is almost gone now, too.  Unfortunately, the cough is still here, but tempered by the cough syrup my doctor prescribed.  And the chills from the fever are still holding onto me.  The chill/sweat cycle is the worst, for me, at this point I think.  Overall, it has been a fairly miserable week I must admit.  My doctor says that I need to be cough and fever free, without taking any medication, for at least 24 hours before I can go out.  Thursday will be the first possible day for that.  I am cautiously optimistic that I’ll meet those criteria by then.

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Swine Flu: Pandemic or Panic-demic?

Don't Panic: Swine Flu in Proportion
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A pretty comprehensive article on the influenza pandemic of the H1N1 virus. The author contends that over hyped accounts are leading to panic, not solutions and offers good advice and solutions, as well as rational insight, on the situation and virus. A must read!

Swine Flu: Pandemic or Panic-demic?

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Just Chillin’

I am about three days into my flu experience now.  I am still going from chilling to burning up, chilling right now.  Yesterday the high here was a bit over 80 if I remember right.  I wore sweat pants and a long sleeved thermal shirt with an undershirt all day.  I removed the thermal a bit ago but think it’s getting ready to go back on.

Tomorrow we have company coming in from Pittsburgh.  It is an outing that we’ve been planning for at least a month.  I am not going to be able to attend and am pretty disappointed about it.  Of course, I wouldn’t want to be so selfish as to risk contaminating anyone, thus me staying home and away from the gathering, but I really wish I could go.

Back to the flu, I am fairly miserable.  I don’t know that the actual symptoms are any worse than a regular flu; anytime you are sick it isn’t fun.  But this, for some reason, it affecting how my regular medications work.  I have nerve damage in my legs and take medication for neuropathic pains (similar to diabetic neuropathy) that I have in them.  Normally the meds pretty well keep  the pains in check, with the occasional “break through”.  For what ever reason, this flu seems to be blocking out the meds and making them ineffective.  The result is not only the rottenness of being sick but also having these sharp pains throughout my legs.  They are also hypersensitive, too, a problem I’ve not had in many years.

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