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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. :)

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...
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Cali
Feb 18, 2018 - 07:34pm PT
I had the flu a month ago. Started Tuesday night and was pretty done with it by Sunday. BUT! I have asthma. I ended up getting up at midnight on Monday night and going to the ER because I couldn't breath. Finally a month later and after a dose of prednizone and inhaled steroids I am finally feeling good. This flu is tough, take care of yourselves.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Feb 19, 2018 - 10:37am PT
I stayed in bed for 3 weeks!!!!
This year.... the flu is a really bad one.
And getting old sucks.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2018 - 10:45am PT
^^^
Damn guys, glad yer feelin better,
sounds like we have a while to go before we get better.

Off to the clinic for Mo's chest X-ray.

Feel better all...
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Feb 19, 2018 - 11:13am PT
Hope you guys stay gurgling free... viri suck.

FWIW, having a real quality oral thermometer (like $200+) and a cheap pulse/oximeter (~50) plus a arm-band/cuff (not wrist) type digital blood pressure monitor (~100) are well worth the costs.

Being able to really track these three vital stats accurately at home can let you know how sick you may really be and save $$$+exposures to even more disease with needless clinic visits.

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