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Risk

Mountain climber
Formerly TMJesse
Feb 13, 2018 - 10:58am PT
Two Wednesday's ago I woke up with a sore throat, a headache and a slight fever, so I stayed home, but is was pretty mild. Thursday, same, but with a really sore throat and a dry cough that hurt like hell. Friday, I went to a clinic and they gave me an Rx for Tamiflu. Advised that all household members take Tamiflu, also (for the kids, I did this thing called "Teledoc," which cost $15 to get the Rx all over the phone). With Tamiflu, my symptoms stopped getting worse and stabilized. By Tuesday, I was basically well. Out of it for a week. Fever maxed at 99.6. Someone else I know was out for two weeks and was depleted for another 10 days, just toughed it out.

Get in as early as possible and start Tamiflu. Uninsured cost (full price) is $129, and likely worth it. My BCBS copay was $10.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 13, 2018 - 11:35am PT
Google question: Do masks help to prevent catching the flu?

"Some studies have shown that using a surgical mask can help prevent influenza. ... Flu masks may help block airborne germs, and they may also prevent the transmission of germs from your hands to your mouth or nose. However, the best way to prevent influenza is to receive the flu vaccine."

Mask of the Black Death.  Thank you, EA Poe, for one of the best ever ...
Mask of the Black Death. Thank you, EA Poe, for one of the best ever short stories, Mask of the RED Death.
Credit: mouse from merced
Here is the related story for this image:

http://www.getholistichealth.com/37731/exclusive-the-spanish-influenza-epidemic-of-1918-was-caused-by-vaccinations/

Here is something on topic which I posted on The Flames just recently.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2607974&msg=3059579#msg3059579

I hope everyone feels better soon.

I've had two bouts of pneumonia since mid-December, but no flu.

I had a pneumonia vaccination 2-3 years ago, but still got it, but I'm a long-time sufferer from COPD and CHF. The pneumonia vaccine is only given once in five years.

I have had the flu vaccine this year.

The present flu is still going strong, the worst season in a long time.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 13, 2018 - 11:54am PT
At The Wifeís clinic/hospital if you didnít get the vaccine you had to wear a mask ALL DAY!
All patients presenting for anything who are perceived to have symptoms are immediately
given a mask. Even some Republicans can see the logic of that.
locker

climber
Feb 13, 2018 - 12:02pm PT


Masks are best worn by those WITH a virus...


That way there is less of a chance of it spreading...



I think...


Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 13, 2018 - 12:08pm PT

Seeing Reilly write:
All patients presenting for anything who are perceived to have symptoms are immediately given a mask. Even some Republicans can see the logic of that

... I was unable not to search for Republican mask...


...and of course...


...this is what I found:




























































Republican mask
Republican mask
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Feb 13, 2018 - 12:13pm PT
Nita and I get the flu shot every year. I haven't had the flu in 30 years.

Our brother in law died from flu complications just after Christmas.

Now that Norovirus going around really kicked my ass for a couple of days last week.
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Feb 13, 2018 - 12:37pm PT
The real flu is a whole different animal... until you've really had it, it's hard to see how it kills so many. But once you've had it....

My last bout with H1N1 a few years ago had a lasting impact on my body that impacted me for around 6 months afterwards in subtle ways. A couple months after I felt better it was Spring so I started riding again. Pushing really hard on a local mtb Hell ride with one particular absurdly vertical rise I almost collapsed.... Even though my muscles felt fine, my O2 capacity just wasn't there.... thought I was having a heart attack. It did something really strange to my cardio system. Turns out, even resting with clear lungs, my O2 sats were only around 91% at sea level(normally 99%)

Eventually it totally cleared up but it took 6 months.

It's no joke
rrider

climber
Feb 13, 2018 - 01:49pm PT
I never get flu shots.† Last year I had some 3 day flu, and after I survived it, decided to appreciate it as just some "type 2 1/2 fun", in addition to being a great ab workout.† After a good sesh, when the dry heaves seemed to stop your 64 year old heartbeat for several long seconds, and you wondered if you might get a stroke, and after you're finally done retching, and you're cold, clammy, and weak as a kitten...
At that moment, you realize how sweet it is to still be alive, lying blissfully face-down on the bathroom floor, your nose 6 inches from the nasty toilet base, your whole world reduced to a primordial feeling of restful oblivion, as the body begins a slow recovery from this viral crux.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
Feb 13, 2018 - 02:00pm PT
The flu shot also prevents one from carrying the virus and giving it to someone else, which can happen even without the carrier getting sick. I never bothered with the shot until I learned that- it's one thing to take one's own chances but another to potentially pass the flu to someone else. I also didn't really realize until several years ago how gnarly the real flu is- I don't want it!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2018 - 02:01pm PT
viral crux.

LOL, be a good name for a band or climb.

Back from the store with my meds, also got dosed with the flu vaccine just in case. I think a double shot of the drowsy formula Robitussin and a nap are
in order. :)

locker

climber
Feb 13, 2018 - 02:15pm PT




Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 13, 2018 - 03:55pm PT
also didn't really realize until several years ago how gnarly the real flu is- I don't want it!

The 1918 flu probably killed more people than WWI. 😬

It ainít a matter of if a similarly lethal pandemic hits given how many donít get immunized or have access to quality health care.
Risk

Mountain climber
Formerly TMJesse
Feb 13, 2018 - 07:53pm PT
If you get it and don't go in and stop it, and then end up bed ridden with 103 temp for a week, don't expect a sudden recovery. I once had a hideous relapse at the Lake Tenaya Campground bathroom one winter, about 1978. They used to leave the bathroom open in winter. It was a dank, cold, tomb. We got 6+ feet while there (a week?) and had to melt all water with a Svea. Needless to say, we didn't make it to TM. Turd Hall was a veritable resort.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2018 - 05:25am PT
Well we both are still fighting this crap, Mo's on day 7 with no real improvement.

She tried to go to work yesterday but after only an hour there her supervisor sent her home.

I'm on day 3 now and we both have called in sick for the remainder of the work week.

I'm a big baby when sick and need my mommy. ;)

The fight continues,
be well all.
Carbo

Trad climber
Too far south
Feb 15, 2018 - 10:11am PT
I got it three weeks back, wasn't bad the first two days till I got pneumonia. Then I couldn't control the fever or cough. No decent sleep for days, coughing up bloodstained phlegm. Tylenol helped the fever and heavy antibiotic helped the pneumonia

I got the flu shot and the doctor says that probably cut down the severity of it. I had it for 9 days. I am still coughing at times. It really took a toll on the lungs. 100s of people have died from it here, even young and healthy patients
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 15, 2018 - 10:17am PT
I got it three weeks back, wasn't bad the first two days till I got pneumonia.

This cannot be over-emphasized! That is what does most people in, of all ages!
Any shortness of breath should not be discounted and it can go south extremely rapidly!
Robb

Social climber
Aloft on the wings of grace
Feb 15, 2018 - 11:29am PT
Standard contact and droplet precautions people!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2018 - 01:34pm PT
Well we both went to the clinic today as our conditions have not improved.

After all their tests they think Mo's infection has progressed to pneumonia. They gave her a shot of antibiotics and a scrip for oral antibiotics, cough meds and an albuterol inhaler. She returns tomorrow for a chest X-ray.

They tell me mine is a viral illness, no pneumonia so far, but gave me a scrip for oral cough meds and antibiotics to start if my symptoms persisted or worsened.

Sickness sucks,
be well all.
Tad n Mo
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 18, 2018 - 03:44pm PT
Tad, keep an eye on her breathing thru the night. Set an alarm to check on her if need be.
Donít hesitate to take her to the ER in the middle of the night. All the best.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2018 - 03:55pm PT
^^^
Copy that and thanks Reilly,
she hasn't really had any difficult or painful breathing thru this so far. :)

Stay well all...
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