“How are you feeling?” “Swiney…”

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You know all that stuff you’ve been hearing on TV and in the news about Swine Flu? Turns out it really does exist, and you can get it! How do I know? Well, I have it. And it isn’t fun.

I’m feeling a lot better (though not great) now, but this past weekend I had a horrible fever for three days. The worst fever I’ve ever had, and the longest I’ve ever had one. It was intense. I was dizzy and in so much pain. I ran out of Ibuprofen, my one weapon, on Saturday. I bought more, but when I got home, all achy and feverish, I couldn’t get the damn childproof bottle open. Seriously, it took me ten of the longest minutes of my life. I almost took a pair of scissors out and started stabbing it. Luckily, it finally popped open. I transferred the pills into my old bottle instead of struggling with that horrid contraption for the rest of the night.

I was pretty sure that I was going to be all right, but being that sick is scary. I live alone, and as I mentioned, I was very dizzy. I was afraid that I would fall over when I got up and no one would know.

You can’t really do anything about Swine Flu.  In England, the National Health Services says that if you have the symptoms of Swine Flu, you shouldn’t go to the doctor unless you’re at risk (old, pregnant, pre existing condition…) or have been sick longer than a week. So I spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in a self imposed quarantine in my apartment. Watching lots of Stargate, taking drugs, and whining in my Facebook status.

So I’m not dead. Which is suprising, considering if that if half the things the media seems to want us to believe about H1N1 were true, I would be. Even after four years of journalism school, the media and it’s fearmongering disgusts me. They are going to have the world terrified to step out their front doors soon enough.

Which isn’t to say that Swine Flu isn’t a big deal. The people who say that it’s just like a regular flu are wrong. I’ve had a regular flu before, and I’ve never been this sick. It really knocked me out, and I’m generally a very healthy person.

Anyway. Now you know someone who’s had Swine Flu. No one will sit beside me in class anymore. Sigh.

1 Comment

  • By Eleni, November 13, 2009 @ 2:52 am

    Oh dear! Sounds miserable and kind of scary, though Stargate must have been fun (I’ve never watched it, actually). I’m glad you’re all right.

    There was quite a media frenzy last spring for about a week when swine flu first got to everyone’s attention (and entire countries slaughtered all their cows, etc.), and then the frenzy started dying down (I guess the media lost interest). I remember my friends all saying how ridiculous that media frenzy had been, that it was just weeks later and it had all gone away. But the frenzy had gone away, not the flu. I remember hearing that Rupert Grint had it this summer.

    I really hope I don’t get it. At least I don’t live alone, so I’d have someone to check on me (though maybe that would just get them sick, too).

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