Monday, July 19, 2010

Saving Them Up For Summer

Blowing My Nose With Angels?Image by DBarefoot via Flickr

I've hit a rough patch lately when it comes to my health. I didn't seem to have many viral illnesses over the winter months, which is somewhat unusual for me. Not that I am complaining, mind you. That said, it appears that all those viruses have been following me and have finally caught up to me now.

A few weeks back I had a horrible stomach virus. Since last Thursday, I've followed that up with a rip roaring upper respiratory infection.

After running fevers for the last three days, I reluctantly headed to Urgent Care Sunday to get checked out. After examining me and sending me for a chest x-ray, they decided that I had influenza. They pumped me up with some fluids and gave me some Tylenol on top of the ibuprofen I took for my fever and sent me on my way with a prescription for Tamiflu.

To be honest, I'm not sure I have the flu. Since I got back from the doctor's, I've been feeling better and so far no fever. I filled the prescription, but I suspect I have missed the critical 48 hour window to start taking it, so I am going to pass. I guess it's good to have it on hand in case I get the flu in the next 18 months.

What has me more worried is the trend I am experiencing of catching viral illnesses in the summer. Since 2007, I seem to be catching a cold every August. This year, it's been two viral illnesses in July. I always though summertime was my reprieve from getting sick, which is one of many reasons summer is my favorite time of year. But that seems to be changing...

Is this something other people have been noticing too? Or this is another associated condition with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Either way, I wish this trend would stop because I have a garden full of vegetables that need tending and I'll be damned if I am going to let all my hard work wither under the hot sun!
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Tammy said...

Funny you ask that, because I've had a terrible time this summer with infections, too. Starting with an infected cyst, then strep throat, then a myriad of various things, I just can't seem to get well.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry you've been sick this summer. I had that stupid stomach virus too - it started on the drive back from our anniversary trip last month and I felt like crap for nearly two weeks. So far no respiratory bugs but who knows what the rest of the summer will bring. I hope you're feeling better soon! I think it's worse feeling bad in the summer than in the winter.