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The Joys of Flu

There are times when you have a bad cold and you think you have flu.

Then there are the times when you actually have flu, and you remember what the difference is.

This is one of the latter occasions.

I started shivering Tuesday evening (even when wrapped up in a cloak and a blanket on top of three layers of clothing).  Since then, I've been through the hot spells, the cold spells and, increasingly, the wheezy spells.

This is why I got a prescription for steroid tablets from the doctor a month ago.  I didn't need them then, but I knew that if I did this winter, I would be feeling far too crap to go to the doctor.

I can't use inhaled steroids - which are the standard preventative treatment for asthma.  This means that when an infection goes to my lungs, I'm in real trouble.  The only recourse I have is massive doses of bronchiodilators (I'm at max now) and short courses of steroid tables.  I don't like the tablets, the side effects include really nasty insomnia, but I don't have much choice.  My peak flow is way down and the slightest amount of effort leaves me coughing and wheezing.  So, I'm now on the tablets.  (It's only about one year in four that I get an attack this bad)

Annoyingly, this means I'll have to miss morris practice tonight.  I hope the new musicians can manage without me...  I'll probably have to miss the dance-out tomorrow which is a real bind. I'd been looking forward to this one. It's the big firework night on Poole Quay and Poole Tourism asked us to dance for it.

I was already planning on taking extra asthma medication to cover myself against the fireworks (I've had some very bad reactions in the past).  But if I'm on maximum dose now because of what the flu has done to my lungs, then I've no higher dose that I can go to.  

I want to be there very badly, but I also don't want to end up in hospital.  (Been there, done that)

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alex_holden
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
It's a shame you'll be missing the dance but it sounds like you've made the right decision. Get well soon!
rockwell_666
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh, sorry to hear it's so bad, hope you get better soon.

BTW The difference between a cold and flu is that if your bed catches fire and you get up and do something about it, that's a cold. If you just don't care, that's flu...! :-/
vjezkova
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear your health betrayed you. Yes, don´t try to get to hospital. You have to put up with the situation no matter how much you want to practise with the Anonamous. They will manage somehow - and soon you will be back.
Be careful!*Hugs*
watervole
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
LOL! Language can be such a killer, but at least you made me smile.

The colloquial phrase you are looking for is :"Don't try to end up in hospital". That means 'avoid doing anything that makes your illness worse'

"Don't try to get to hospital" would imply I should not go to hospital, even if I did have a very bad asthma attack.
vjezkova
Nov. 4th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Eee...hahaha, and I wanted to sound very English...
After all, laughter is a kind of a cure, isn´t it? If so, it was not wasted:-)
watervole
Nov. 4th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
"Laughter is the best medicine"
melodyclark
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yuck ... there's little worse than the flu, especially when you have asthma. Take good care and don't overtax yourself.

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