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  • Diane Mack: The flu has me all cooped up

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  • I have the flu. I've had the flu for nine days, nine long days.
    This is not your run-of-the-mill flu. There is no fever, no headache, no chest cold or sinus symptoms, and no chills. I just have nausea. Is anyone with me out there?
    I felt whatever it is in my stomach . . . it is now trying to find its way out.
    There are no other symptoms but nausea.
    I have read books, watched television shows (even sports, yuck), and talked endlessly on the phone. I actually, fell asleep talking to a friend, and she didn't even know it.
    When I think I feel better, I get up and move around the house. Then I get tired and have to lie back down.
    It's like the common cold. Shouldn't we have some cure by now?
    A year ago Barbara Brody from Woman's Day wrote the following on the Pros and Cons to flu shots.
    Pros 1. Getting the seasonal flu vaccination cuts your risk of getting the flu by at least 70 percent. 2. If you don't get the flu to begin with, you won't be susceptible to potentially serious complications like trouble breathing, pneumonia and even death. 3. Among the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions getting vaccinated cuts the risk of dying from the flu by 80 percent. 4. Getting the shot won't cause you to get the flu. 5. Experts say both flu vaccines (seasonal and H1N1) are perfectly safe. 6. Get vaccinated early enough and you'll be protected for the whole season.
    Cons 1. There's up to a 20 percent chance that you could get vaccinated and still end up with the seasonal flu. 2. This year you need two vaccines-for seasonal flu and H1N1-which means two separate shots. 3. Common side effects of the flu shot include a soreness, redness or swelling in your arm. 4. It's made with thimerosal, a preservative that contains ethylmercury. 5. You can't get a flu vaccine if you're younger than 6 months old, allergic to eggs or have had a severe reaction to the flu shot in the past. 6. There's a very slight chance that the flu vaccine could increase your risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition that causes muscle weakness, sometimes paralysis and, in rare cases, even death.
    I don't want death. But I don't want the flu.
    Last Saturday I did give in and go to Urgent Care. The doc told me I had the flu.
    On the way home from the doc, I passed Dairy Queen. It made me hungry so I pulled into the drive thru.
    I ordered a Turtle Blizzard. For some reason, that sounded good.
    I really haven't stopped eating. Food is OK, but not really exciting, like it normally is.
    Anyway, I ate the whole Blizzard and then crawled back into bed.
    Page 2 of 2 - That was three days ago and I'm still sick. I called the nurse line and the nurse stated that I should stay away from milk products, uh-oh.
    Just how much milk is in a Blizzard?
    I'm getting a little woozy and need to lie down. May I conclude with a short rhyme?
    The flu has got me, yes it has, Who knows how it got started? Don't touch, don't breathe, don't eat out, And don't join, the “dearly departed.”
    Just lay around and sleep some more Eat lots of chicken soup. Sooner or later, I'll feel well. For now, Get me OUT OF THIS CHICKEN COOP.
    Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.

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