The Flu!

Who gets the flu during offseason?

Me, that’s who.

The other night I was at dinner with my roommate having a few drinks when all of a sudden I lost my appetite. I never lose my appetite. We walked home and as soon as I got home, I went to bed. I never go to bed earlier than 1 am, so a 10 pm bedtime was suspicious. I felt like my body was shutting down on me.

Anyway, being that I have no health insurance, I had to play this one wisely. Do I go to the hospital like a big baby? Or do I wait this one out and take care of it myself. I once went to the ER because I thought my fibroids were causing me to die, and all they could do was give me pain killers. $600 later, I was mad at myself for even going. Decisions, decisions.

Two years ago I caught the flu in the springtime, and because I was a grad student, I had health insurance. Again, I thought I was going to die. Turns out I had the flu, and well…all they could do was put me on an IV and let me rest for a few hours. I called my cousin up and asked her opinion (she’s a nurse, and a very good one) and she said I was just going to have to ride it out and stay hydrated. So, I decided to cancel all my appointments and sleep.

At first, I didn’t have any flu medicine and even though there are two drugstores within one block of my house, I was too afraid to go outside because we are in the middle of a heat wave. Passing out on the hot sidewalk when you have the flu is not The Look. Trapped, I began to look through my gTalk buddylist to see who is the nicest person I know, who is also the most flexible with their job. Perhaps they could run an errand for some meds on my behalf? I didn’t want to bother anyone with my lil ol almost-dying episode, and then have their boss be mad at them. Enter BK. Luckily BK and Marcia were able to point me in the direction of a pharmacy that delivers. You can get almost anything delivered in NYC!

So, here I am. Compulsively checking my fever temperature every 2 hours (ranging from 100.1 to 102.5), enjoying the taste of cherry-flavored NyQuil (it really is the best ever), and drinking tall glasses of water. Theraflu is also not that bad tasting either. Meh.

I can’t help but think stress allowed this to happen. The last time I had the flu, I was notoriously stressed out with grad school and my full-time job. When you’re stressed, depressed and anxious, your immune system follows and doesn’t fight off illness as much as it could. I guess for now I am taking this as a note to slow down. And try to get more exercise and eat healthier.