Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Unless, Perhaps, it's Swine Flu

HA! Wouldn't it kinda figure?

We actually do have all the listed symptoms, including episodes of pronounced dizziness, fever, nausea, terrible respiratory illness, and the rest.

Yet maybe - maybe - we've both been feeling minimally better. Tiny signs. Neither one of us can tell if it's just the periodic miniature ups and downs one goes through during a cold or flu bout; and of course, if there's any real recovery then we DON'T want to jinx it. heh!

Walter, IMO, has been a little sicker than me throughout. Unexpectedly. The immunocompromised person should be sicker, right? OTOH, I take high-dose antivirals: 3200 mg of acyclovir (Zovirax) per day. That's for the systemic "cold sore" disease, HSV-1, that gives me blood blisters on my tongue and palate and toes. Acyclovir isn't listed by the CDC as effective against swine flu, but it's in the same class as the antivirals they do recommend.

Dr. C's office just called. She says, --If we feel like that's what it is, go to the hospital.-- Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. And I know she'll continue to give this careful thought and research, for lots of reasons.

But...if we're starting to recover, after 2 weeks already --

and considering that my standing orders about hospitals are, --If I need one, just dump me by the side of the road instead --

not yet. Not me.

Third reason?

The flu is viral. Coincidentally, Dr. Dad happens to be a virologist by medical trade. Better yet, he's published a number of journal articles about flu epidemiology over the years, sort of as a flu hobbyist. I sent him an email. His feedback on such matters is generally...let's just say, *excellent.*

So I'll give it a little more Wait and See.

And in the meantime, all y'all be GOOD, and don't be running around getting all sunburned and such. sheesh! ;-)


Desert Cat said...

k, in addition to the colloidal silver I regularly douse myself with whenever I am dealing with an upper respiratory infection, I have recently discovered Sambucol as a flu-fighter. It is available at places like Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, etc. and is an extract of elderberry.

Apparently there have been serious studies done on it and it does help. It's mechanism is to increase the activity of cytokines, which I gather are a type of antibody.

I'm not saying in your case, (although the hint is clearly there ;P), just reiterating what has worked for me.

I came back to Tucson yesterday feeling kind of flu-ish in the midst of this scare. But today I'm beginning to believe it is primarily allergies in my case.

SeaPhoenix said...

And if that doesn't work, try Sambuca...

Cue Wikipedia:
Sambuca is an Italian anise-flavoured, usually colourless liqueur.

Sambuca is often said to have a flavour like that of liquorice. It is commonly confused with ouzo, a Greek anise-flavoured liqueur, and it's Turkish cousin raki.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Oh...with my glasses off, I thought you said RAID.

Yeah, stay away from airports, hospitals, Mexicans, Texans, Californians, etc.

Feel better!

SeaPhoenix said...

Geez! I'll have to become a hermit in South Florida if I have to stay away from Mexicans, Joyce! Side note, Walmart is sold out of hand sanitizer here. I found some at Dollar Tree, but I noticed the Walmart crew spraying the medicine aisle shelves down with Lysol yesterday. Do they know something? Yikes.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

They have closed down nine schools around Park City (some 30 miles away) because of 3 cases of what they suppose to be swine flu. One kid had been to Mexico over spring break. And one of the teachers that works with my DIL here was quarentined yesterday.... I thought about getting some hand sanitizer at Dollar Tree this morning. If they have any left. Yikes is right!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

PS I am in Salt Lake City.

Pretty Lady said...

Okay, so I WON'T jump on the Home Remedy bandwagon by prescribing two shots of tequila and an early bedtime. That usually only works in the early stages.

The reason everyone is so panicked about swine flu, so I hear, is that like the Spanish flu in 1917 or thereabouts, it hits the young, healthy people the hardest. It triggers such an intense immune response that the phlegm is what kills you. So it would seem reasonable to expect the converse--immunocompromised persons might be able to slide under the radar and come out the other side.

They've closed some schools in NYC because of several cases, but none of them have been fatal. It seems that the Mexico City strain is by far the most lethal. Hopefully it has mutated fast enough that it won't be lethal here.

Glad you are still here and typing!

Nancy said...

Some schools here in the Houston area have been closed too. And, I heard from a Plurk buddy (new IM group, it's great!) that the hospitals in San Francisco are actually putting up TENTS to handle the numbers they're expecting. I don't know whether to hide under the bed or just shake my head and go on with my life... and tend to go swinging back and forth between the two.

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