One Week In

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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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Scare Mongering

Helpful swine flu sign
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I can’t believe the hype generated by the H1N1 virus. I was recently informed about a speaker in our area that is telling folks that the swine flu is part of prophetic fulfillment of Revelation. I believe this type of thing is pure scare-mongering and is leading to more worry and anxiety than is due. I can’t help but wonder if ‘speaker’ such as this are only promoting an agenda: Their wallet.

I wrote an article about H1N1 that I think addresses some of the hype and also some real facts about it and how to minimize the spread of the virus. It can be read online at: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/swine-flu-pandemic-or-panic-demic/.

It appalls me that our churches are being used as a forum to spread fear. And it saddens me that folks unwittingly are being taken in by these kinds of people. I implore you, when you hear a teaching, search the Scriptures for yourself and see if it lines up with God’s Word or if it is being distorted into another message.

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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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