Podcast #116 My Case of the Flu

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My case of the flu started with a cough. I thought it was just a cold. I had had a flu shot, so I thought I was safe.

I got some cough medicine. The next morning I felt achy all over. I had a fever. I also had a bad headache. My wife called the doctor. The doctor asked what the symptoms were. He said it definitely sounded like the flu. It wasn’t worth coming in. All I could do was, number one, rest. Number two, drink lots of liquids. And number three, knock down the fever with aspirin.

For the next three days I was miserable. I couldn’t get comfortable. Light bothered my eyes. I had bad sinus pain. My wife made sure I had plenty of liquids.  Water, tea, soup, ice cream. All that liquid had its own effects. Lots of trips to the bathroom.

I watched a few movies on my iPad. I had the brightness turned way down. This made it easier on my eyes.

The fourth day I felt a little better. But the flu virus  is tricky. If you get active too soon, wham, it knocks you down again. So I stayed in bed. I was able to read now. I even did some work on the computer. My appetite got better. I was still a little weak.

The next two days I spent some time out of bed. I wasn’t completely well. The next week I was up and about. But I still didn’t exert myself.

In total, the flu lasted almost three weeks. I still had a little cough. That lasted for another month.  After that I was my usual perfect self.

 

My case of the flu started with a cough.

My flu started off with coughing.

 

I thought it was just a cold.

I figured it was just a cold.

 

I had had a flu shot…

I had gotten a flu shot…

 

…so I thought I was safe.

…so I thought I was immune.

 

I got some cough medicine.

I bought some medicine for the cough.

 

The next morning I felt achy all over.

The next morning I ached all over.

 

I had a fever.

I was feverish.

 

I also had a bad headache.

Also my head was throbbing.

 

My wife called the doctor.

My wife called up the doctor.

 

The doctor asked what the symptoms were.

The doctor asked about the symptoms.

 

He said it definitely sounded like the flu.

He said it sounded like the flu for sure.

 

It wasn’t worth coming in.

There was no sense coming in.

 

All I could do was, number one, rest.

The only thing to do was, number one, rest.

 

Number two, drink lots of liquids.

Number two, hydrate like crazy.

 

And number three, knock down the fever with aspirin.

And number three, use aspirin to reduce the fever.

 

For the next three days I was miserable.

The next three days was the pits.

 

I couldn’t get comfortable.

I couldn’t find a comfortable position.

 

Light bothered my eyes.

My eyes were super sensitive to light.

 

I had bad sinus pain.

My sinuses were killing me.

 

My wife made sure I had plenty of liquids.

My wife ensured that I had lots to drink.

 

Water, tea, soup, ice cream.

This included water, tea, soup and ice cream.

 

All that liquid had its own effects.

Drinking that much had its own consequences.

 

Lots of trips to the bathroom.

Many excursions to the john.

 

I watched a few movies on my iPad.

I caught a few films on my iPad.

 

I had the brightness turned way down.

I turned the brightness way down.

 

This made it easier on my eyes.

This gave my eyes a break.

 

The fourth day I felt a little better.

On the fourth day I felt somewhat better.

 

But the flu virus is tricky.

But the flu virus is a tricky little devil.

 

If you get active too soon…

If you are up and about too soon…

 

…wham, it knocks you down again.

…bam, it comes right back.

 

So I stayed in bed.

So I remained in bed.

 

I was able to read now.

I could read now.

 

I even did some work on the computer.

I even got work done on the computer.

 

 

My appetite got better.

My appetite improved.

 

I was still a little weak.

I still felt a little enervated.

 

The next two days I spent time out of bed.

I got out of bed a little the next two days.

 

I wasn’t completely well.

I still wasn’t myself.

 

The next week I was up and about.

The next week I was out of bed.

 

But I still didn’t exert myself.

But I still took it easy.

 

In total, the flu lasted almost three weeks.

In all, the flu lasted almost three weeks.

 

I still had a little cough.

I had a residual cough.

 

That lasted for another month.

It took a month for that to stop.

 

After that I was my usual perfect self.

Then I was once again my perfect self.

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