This Week's View
by Deanna Lee Birkholm
October 25th, 1999
Something Entirely Different
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
And now for something entirely different. . .
You probably wouldn't expect a 'medical' article here - although we did one on hook
removal - but do read on.
Your local supermarket, library, or clinic probably has been advertising GET YOUR FLU
SHOT HERE! Cost is very reasonable, one of the supermarkets here had them for, I
think five dollars.
Take it from me, just do it. This is serious stuff.
If you would rather visit your personal doctor or health care facility, ask for the pneumonia shot too.
That one protects you against a particular strain of pneumonia for the rest of your life. One of
the killers of the elderly often is pneumonia which sets in as a complication to another illness. And kills
JC and I made a flying business run to Canada a little over a week ago. I picked up a bug on that trip,
and I'm now on week two of being very ill. From what? Influenza.
The symptoms started with a blocked up head, hacking cough and minor headache. Within
10 hours I was flat in bed. The headache became migraine intense, the cough lead to sore
throat, ears popping and bronchitis. The lower GI tract became involved and the path
between the bed and john very well worn. Now add uncontrollable shaking, nausea,
and a low grade temperature (101.)
That causes dehydration, which if not addressed throws the rest of your system into panic.
I've had a couple of antibiotics which I didn't tolerate, which didn't help the situation,
eventually a couple of shots which did help, and another couple anti-nausea shots.
Total bill so far is a couple of hundred bucks. And I'm not healed up yet. My gut still feels like
a community of squirrels are having a walnut festival, and the tremors come and go. Sometimes
I shake so badly my typing looks like I'm stuttering, and pointing and clicking the mouse can get
all sorts of interesting results.
There is an oral med available if the flu gets you before you have had the shot. It is called
Amantadine and will help if you get it early enough (and aren't intolerant like me.) But
the preferred thing here is avoid getting the flu!!!!
Do yourself a huge favor. Get your flu shot.
DO NOT PUT IT OFF! ~ LadyFisher
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