Swine Flu, formally known as “H1N1 Flu” has been confirmed in all fifty states of the United States. Even President Obama has called it a “National Emergency.” However, the vast majority of Americans are opting out of getting the vaccine. According to the CDC, approximately 62% of Americans do not intend to get the H1N1 vaccine. Many Americans are wondering: how bad is Swine Flu? Here’s a time line of my journey with Swine Flu, as well as what we did to combat the flu.
Timeline: Following Swine Flu 2009
It is no surprise that if a spouse gets sick (often by catching it at work – as with our case) that everyone living in the home will get sick. On Thursday, October 22nd, my fiance became ill. Fortunately, he had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Friday afternoon. On Friday morning, he was sent home early from work due to a fever of approximately 104.
On Friday afternoon, his doctor told him that he was suffering from all of the symptoms of Swine Flu. As of this point in time, I was still feeling fine.
On Saturday, October 24th I woke up with a sore throat and a slight cough. I assumed it had been due to my previous days’ activities: running errands in the cold rain. Saturday continued and I felt fairly fine. However, by Saturday afternoon I was feeling horrible: achy with a mild cough, headache, congestion and so forth. By Saturday night, I felt as if I could barely move.
Sunday was a nightmare. If I thought I had felt bad on Saturday, I was surely mistaken. There are no words to describe how ill I truly felt. I spent the entire Sunday in bed, sleeping. When I was awake, I could barely move and I couldn’t even reach my nightstand, which was a mere foot away from where I sat. At this point, I had all of the symptoms of Swine Flu: fever, sore throat, achy body, runny nose, cough, headache, chills and fatigue (as stated by the CDC). I also felt nauseated and was forcing myself to avoid vomiting at all costs. Throughout the entire ordeal, my fever never reached more than 99.9 – though the CDC states that not everyone who catches Swine Flu will even develop a fever. In fact, my fiance hit nearly 105 while I was barely under 100.
Today is Monday, October 26th. Swine Flu lasted for about 3 days and I am certain that by tomorrow, I will be back to my 100% (after all, I’m already writing this article). Today, I am suffering from a mild, occasional cough, a sore throat and some slight nausea – which may actually be due to the two glasses of orange juice and the bowl of tomato soup I had for lunch. Today, I haven’t taken any medications and of course, I’m writing again.
Dealing With Swine Flu – How I Did It
Dealing with the H1N1 Flu was no different than dealing with the normal flu. I drank lots of fluids (orange juice, water, various juices and 7UP) and remained hydrated. I had four bowls of soup and half a tub of sherbet.
Aside from fluids, I also stayed on a medicinal regimen to help relieve the symptoms. I used Tylenol Daytime along with Nyquil for Cough during the night. I was prescribed Tamiflu by the doctor, however I was unable to fill the prescription due to it’s outrageous price: $96 at my local Walmart (without insurance – what writer can afford insurance!) Needless to say, I don’t think I would have needed it.
Swine Flu, though a pain, does not seem to last long (at least in my and my fiance’s cases). As with any flu, I survived with the use of over-the-counter medications and am nearly back to health in about three days.
Author’s Note: This article is not meant to state how everyone will react to Swine Flu or what medications they should take, but rather my own personal story with Swine Flu.
CDC – 2009 H1N1 Flu