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.

4 thoughts on “The Flu!”

  1. i know this post is not supposed to be funny, but it was!

    ” Again, I thought I was going to die.” <<— lol

    haha. be better soon liz

  2. Hope you are feeling better soon. Nothing worse than having the summer flu, well I guess if you don’t have air conditioning then it could be worse.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  3. Poor thing. Summer flu could be do to sleeping under the air conditioner during a heatwave. Not to say that you’re not stress out, but it may be you…trying to make your NY apt feel like the Bay.

    Feel better!


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